Harry Smith

Harry Smith


Harry Smith is a Leverhulme Trust Doctoral Scholar at the University of East Anglia as part of the Critical Decade programme. His research focuses on the role of Greenhouse Gas Removal (GGR) within climate policy, including how GGR can be assessed and governed.

Previously, Harry has worked as an international climate consultant on the creation and management of greenhouse gas inventories for reporting to the UNFCCC, including the UK’s National Atmospheric Emission Inventory (NAEI), jointly funded by BEIS and Defra. He has also worked extensively on the revision of industrial emission legislation across the EU with the European Commission and the European Environment Agency.

Harry holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Management from the University of Reading and a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from the University of Southampton. To attend the University of Reading, he was awarded the SAGES Scholarship for academic performance, based upon receiving three academic prizes at the University of Southampton.

PhD title: Promising words, evaluating actions: assessing Greenhouse Gas Removal in national net zero plans

Greenhouse gas emissions must be reduced to net zero to address climate change. This requires substantially scaling up GGR approaches, such as afforestation and direct air capture with storage. The PhD aims to assess national climate plans and other policy drivers, delivering real-time scrutiny on the key biogeophysical, social and biodiversity constraints, in order to generate proposals for the sustainable and equitable governance of delivering GGR at scale.

Awards and Prizes

University of Reading – SAGES (School of Archaeology, Geography and Environmental Science) scholarship for academic performance.

University of Southampton – Dean’s Award,  Highest overall performance; Oil Spill Response Company Prize,  Highest performance in final year of study; SLP Consultancy Prize, Highest dissertation mark in programme.