Dr Aled Jones

Dr Aled Jones


Global Sustainability Institute

Aled is Director of the Global Sustainability Institute. His research focuses on risks and opportunities in finance and governments from global resource trends such as food, energy and water.

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Aled is the inaugural Director of our Global Sustainability Institute (GSI). Over the past three years he has built the GSI from a good idea into an internationally recognised brand, with a group of 30 individuals and external income of over £400,000 per year. He is one of the acknowledged global leaders in public-private finance related to the green economy. His work in climate finance has been recognised by the State of California and he has received a key to the city of North Little Rock, USA.

In 2013, Anglia Ruskin University won the International Sustainable Campus Network Award for integrating sustainability and the GSI was shortlisted for the EAUC Green Gown awards in two categories and the Lloyds of London Science of Risk Awards.

Aled has recently been appointed a member of the UK-US Taskforce on the Impact of Extreme Weather on US/UK Food Security and was a President Bill Clinton Distinguished Lecturer. He chaired a working group on climate finance within the Capital Markets Climate Initiative (CMCI) on behalf of Greg Barker, the Minister for Climate Change in the UK Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and sits on the steering group for CMCI. Dr Jones is also a Managing Director for the P80 Group Foundation which, in 2012, signed the Little Rock Accord with Club de Madrid to help facilitate global investments into climate change solutions.

Aled has published numerous academic papers and was a guest editor of Sustainability. He is a Fellow of The Higher Education Academy and Institute of Mathematics and its Applications and elected member of the advisory group for the Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges. Until 2014 he was regional treasurer and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He is a board member of Sustainability East and chairs the East of England Alliance for Sustainability on their behalf.

Previously, Aled was Deputy Director at the University of Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership, HRH Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group on Climate Change, and Director of the Chevening Economics of Climate Change Programme (for the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office). He was a founding member of the ClimateWise insurance principles.

Research interests

Aled leads a number of research projects in climate finance, energy and behaviour, and resource management. His research particularly focuses on the finance sector and government and how they will respond to the impacts of global resource trends and climate change. He is currently leading a team to build a global model to explore political fragility from resource crisis.

Areas of research supervision

  • Agent-based modelling for political risks
  • Systems dynamics modelling for economic and financial risk
  • Systemic finance risk for environment-food-water nexus
  • Conflict from resource competition in Kenya
  • India’s identity in climate change negotiations
  • Smart city development in Hungary
  • Transitions in energy systems in Nigeria
  • Assessing fracking in the UK
  • Innovation in the water sector
  • Clean technology sector development


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Dissertation Module Leader, MSc Sustainability


  • PhD, Cosmology, University of Cambridge
  • BA/MA 1st class, Natural Science (Theoretical Physics), University of Cambridge
  • PGCert (HE), Anglia Ruskin University

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Fellow, Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
  • Fellow, Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce (FRSA)
  • Fellow, Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (FIMA)
  • Elected Member of the Advisory Council, Environmental Association for Universities & Colleges (EAUC) 
  • Board member, Green Economy Pathfinder LEP (Suffolk & Norfolk)
  • Board member, European Structural and Investment Fund Sub Committee, Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough
  • Board member, Sustainability East
  • Editorial Board, World Journal of Science, Technology and Sustainable Development

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange


  • Non-executive board member, Sustainability East
  • Managing Director, P80 Group Foundation
  • Aled regularly consults on international climate finance, in particular on public-private partnerships, for organisations like the UK Government and the World Bank. He also presents on climate change issues to corporates and governments

Author and editor

  • Aled is author of several books, book chapters, entries in The A-Z of CSR, refereed papers, conference proceedings and international patent applications, as well as newspaper and magazine articles. He was lead author on the seminal report on resource constraints to the Actuarial Profession in 2013, and guest editor of a special issue of Sustainability, Creative Solutions to Big Challenges (ISSN 2071-1050)

Selected recent publications

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Refereed papers

Monasterolo, I. and Jones, A.W. 2015. Assessing global resource insecurity through a multidimensional model for more targeted sustainable development policies. Sustainability (in prep).

Conto, F., Fiore, M., Monasterolo, I. and Jones, A.W., 2015. Unsustainable agribusiness: a cost-effective methodology for benchmarking agri-food and agri-environmental indicators. International Journal of Globalisation and Small Business (in prep).

Jones, A.W., Anderson V., Agboraw, E. and Zalk, T., 2015. Quantitative assessment of price mechanisms and resource supply. Sustainability (in prep).

Jansson-Boyd, C., Cloherty, R., Jimenez-Bescos, C., Robison, R. and Jones, A.W., 2015. Retrofit is only as good as its users: how to change social housing tenants’ energy consumption. Indoor and Built Environment (submitted).

Jones, K., Desai, A. Mullvile, M. and Jones, A.W., 2015. Integrating back casting and forecasting principles into facilities and built asset management strategies – a theoretical approach. Facilities (submitted).

Natalini, D. and Jones, A.W., 2015. Quantitative assessment of approaches to measuring likelihood of food riots in countries. Sustainability (submitted).

Jones, A.W. and Pogats, Z., 2015. Achieving scale in clean technology investing. Journal of Cleaner Production (submitted).

Jones, A.W., Qian, Y. and Robison, R., 2014. Exploring individual lifetime wellbeing: an optimal year of birth. Journal of Sociology Study, 4(9), p.802.

de Oliveira-Costa, A., Tegmark, M., Finkbeiner, D., Davies, R., Gutierrez, G.M., Haffner, L.M., Jones, A.W., Lasenby, A.N., Rebolo, R., Reynolds, R.J., Tufte, S.L. and Watson, A., 2002. A new spin on Galactic Dust. ApJ, 567, p.363.

Jones, A.W., Davis, R., Wilkinson, A., Giardino, G., Melhuish, S.J., Asareh, H., Davies, R.D. and Lasenby, A.N., 2001. Spectral index determination between 408MHz and 5GHz in the northern sky. MNRAS, 327, p.545.

Mukherjee, P. Jones, A.W., Kneissl, R. and Lasenby, A.N., 2001. On dust correlated Galactic emission in the Tenerife data. MNRAS, 320, p.224.

Jones, A.W., Hobson, M.P., Mukherjee, P. and Lasenby, A.N., 2000. The effect of a spatially varying galactic spectral index on the MEM reconstruction of Planck Surveyor Satellite data. Astron. Comm. Lett, 37, p.369.

Giardino, G., Asareh, H., Melhuish, S.J., Davies, R.D., Davis, R. and Jones, A.W., 2000. 1 and 2.5 degree-scale interferometric surveys in the northern sky at 5~GHz. MNRAS, 313, p.689.

Gutierrez, C.M., Rebolo, R., Watson, R., Davies, R.D., Jones, A.W. and Lasenby, A.N., 2000. The Tenerife cosmic microwave background maps: observations and first analysis. ApJ, 529, p.47.

de Oliveria-Costa, A., Tegmark, M., Gutierrez, C.M., Jones, A.W., Davies, R.D., Lasenby, A.N., Rebolo, R. and Watson, R.A., 1999. Cross-correlation of Tenerife data with Galactic templates - evidence for spinning dust? ApJ, 527, L9.

Jones, AN Lasenby, P Mukherjee, CM Gutierrez, RD Davies, RA Watson & R Rebolo, `A multi-frequency maximum entropy joint analysis of COBE and Tenerife data', 1999, MNRAS, 310, 105.

Hobson, M.P., Jones, A.W. and Lasenby, 1999. Wavelet analysis and the detection of non-Gaussianity in the CMB. MNRAS, 309, p.125. 

Hobson, M., Barreiro, R., Toffalati, L., Lasenby, A.N., Sanz, J.L., Jones, A.W. and Bouchet, F.R., 1999. The effect of point sources on satellite observations of the cosmic microwave background. MNRAS, 306, p.232.

Jones, A.W., Hobson, M.P. and Lasenby, A.N., 1999. Separation of foregrounds from cosmic microwave background observations with the MAP satellite. MNRAS, 305, p.898.

Lasenby, A.N., Jones, A.W. and Dabrowski, Y., 1999. Observations of the cosmic microwave background and implications for cosmology and large scale structure. Phil. Trans. R. Soc. Lond., 357, p.35.

Hobson, M.P., Jones, A.W., Lasenby, A.N. and Bouchet, F.R., 1998. Foreground separation methods for satellite observations of the cosmic microwave background. MNRAS, 300, p.1.

Jones, A.W., Hancock, S., Lasenby, A.N., Davies, R.D., Gutierrez, C.M., Rocha, G., Watson, R.A. and Rebolo, 1998. 10~GHz Tenerife Observations at 8 degree resolution and their analysis using a new maximum entropy method. MNRAS, 294, p.582.

Gutierrez, C.M., Hancock, S., Davies, R.D., Rebolo, R., Watson, R.A., Hoyland, R.J., Lasenby, A.N. and Jones, A.W., 1997. New Cosmological structures on medium angular scales detected with the Tenerife experiments. ApJ, 480, L83.

Books and invited book chapters

Jones, A.W., Allen, I, Silver, N., Howarth, C., Cameron, C. and Caldecott, B., 2013. Resource Constraints: The Evidence and Scenarios. The Actuarial Profession. 

Jones, A.W., 2012. International climate finance and clean energy investing. Clean Energy Investing: a comprehensive guide for institutional investors focusing on private assets, London: Private Equity International.

Jóhannsdóttir, L., Wallace, J. and Jones, A.W., 2012. Climate risk from primary insurance perspective. Managing climate change business risks and consequences: leadership for global sustainability, a volume in the Stoner/Wankel series on global sustainability. London: Palgrave Macmillan.

Jones, A.W. (ed.), 2010. Chevening Economics of Climate Change: A Global Perspective. University of Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership & UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Jones, A.W. (author and editor), 2009. Transformational Change Model for a Low Climate Risk Economy. University of Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership.

Courtice, P., Visser, W. and Jones, A.W., 2007. Cambridge Climate Leaders Reference Guide. Cambridge: University of Cambridge. 

Jones, A.W., 2007. Climate Change, Greenhouse Gases, Hydrogen Economy and GIS. Invited entries in Pohl, M., Matten, D. and Visser, W. (eds.) The A-Z of CSR. Chichester: John Wiley & Sons.

Jones, A.W. (ed.), 2006. Wales and Sustainable Development: Reference Compendium. University of Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership & Welsh Assembly.

Jones, A.W., 1999. Foregrounds and experiments below 33GHz. Invited review in de Oliveira-Costa, A. and Tegmark, M. (eds.) Microwave Foregrounds. ASP: San Francisco.

de Oliveria-Costa, A., Tegmark, M., Gutierrez, A.M., Jones, A.W., Davies, R.D., Lasenby, A.N., Rebolo, R. and Watson, R.A., 1999. Are we observing spinning dust? Invited review in de Oliveira-Costa, A. and Tegmark, M. (eds.) Microwave Foregrounds. ASP: San Francisco.

Jones, A.W. and Lasenby, A.N., 1998. Cosmic microwave background. Invited review for first edition of Living Reviews, 1, article 11.

Jones, A.W. and Lasenby, A.N., 1996-1999. The Early Radio Universe. Invited review in Review of Radio Science, URSI, ISBN 0-7803-6003-6.

Lasenby, A.N., Hancock, S. and Jones, A.W., 1994. Primary Anisotropy Detections in the CMB. In: Occhionero, F. (ed.) Birth of the Universe and Fundamental Physics, Rome, 455, chapter 66.

Reports and non-refereed papers
Jones, A.W., 2014. Climate change and limits on natural resources – projections and impacts. Report from the International Social Security Association (ISSA).

Jones, A.W., Monasterolo, I., Anderson, V., Zalk, T., Phillips, A., Hogbin, J., Natini, D., Pasqualino, R., Agboraw, E., Cameron, C., Silver, N. and Wiles, E., 2014. Country Resource Maps. Global Resource Observatory Report. Cambridge: Anglia Ruskin University.

Ward, J., Goll, D., Marijs, C., Fankhouser, S., Jones, A.W., and Silver, N., 2014. Delivery Options for the Intertional Climate Fund. UK Department for Energy and Climate Change & UK Department for International Development.

Sharan, V., Jones, A.W. and Shanbhag, A., 2013. Capital Markets and Sustainability: a baseline evaluation of the Indian context. gTrade.

Howarth, C. and Jones, A.W., 2013. An insight into the role of community-energy provider partnerships on increased uptake of energy efficient measures in the home. UK Department for Energy and Climate Change.

Howarth, C. and Jones, A.W., 2013. Removing the hassle factor associated with loft insulation: results of a behavioural trial. UK Department for Energy and Climate Change.

Jones, A.W., Allen, I., Silver, N., Howarth, C., Cameron, C. and Caldecott, B., 2013. Resource constraints: sharing a finite world: implications of limits to growth for the actuarial profession. The Actuarial Profession.

Wilkins, M., Jones, A.W., Howarth, C. and van Ast, L., 2012. Credit FAQ: how water shortages in Eastern England could increase costs for UK based utilities. CreditWeek, 7 March 2012, Standard & Poor’s.

Jones, A.W. and Ward, M., 2012. Principles for Investment Grade Policy and Projects. Report for the Capital Markets Climate Initiative, UK Department for Energy and Climate Change.

Jones, A.W., 2011. On ethical entrepreneurship. Interconnections, Lord Ashcroft International Business School. 

Jones, A.W. and Hiller, B., 2010. Achieving Scale in Investment: Global Risk and Opportunity from Climate Change. International Dimensions of Climate Change Foresight Project, Government Office of Science.

Selected magazine articles

Jones, A.W. and Green, M., 2014. Liquid Asset: The Future of Water. The Actuary, The Actuarial Profession. 

Jones, A.W., 2013. A global challenge. RICS Land Journal.

Jones, A.W., 2013. Actuaries’ assumptions on future growth may need to change. The Guardian.

Jones, A.W., 2013. Resource constraints. The Actuary, The Actuarial Profession.

Jones, A.W., 2012. Transformation: Achieving the impossible? Green Economy Coalition Newsletter.

Jones, A., 2011. Global Sustainability (editorial). Public Service Review: UK Science & Technology 3.

Jones, A. and Saran, S., 2011. REIL roundtable advocates UN low-carbon policy framework. Global Energy Review.

Jones, A., 2010. Scaling up Institutional Investment in Climate Solutions. UNFCCC newsletter.

Jones, A., 2010. Stopping the Climate Crunch. Public Finance, Chartered Institute for Public Finance and Accountancy.

Jones, A., 2007. Partnerships and Climate Change. Climate Action, Sustainable Development International and United Nations Environment Programme

Jones, A., 2007. Leadership for Carbon Management. Carbon Business, 1.

Jones, A. and Adey, M., 2007. Breaking the catch-22 on climate change. The International Energy Review, The International Chamber of Commerce.

Cheshire, I. (CEO, B&Q) and Jones, A., 2006. Climate change: threat or opportunity. European Business, 27. 

Selected patent applications
WO03029487: DNA sequencing, 04.10.2001
WO03016940: Tag tracking, 14.08.2001
WO02098053: Data Processing Apparatus and Method, 31.05.2001
WO02065693: Cryptographic key generation apparatus and method, 14.02.2001
WO03103216: Apparatus and method for biometric key generation, 31.05.2002
WO03103217: Biometric Authentication System, 31.05.2002
WO02096552: Biochip and apparatus for its manufacture and use, 01.06.2001
WO02066965: Assay apparatus, assay method and probe array, 19.02.2001
WO02064255: Biochip array, 15.02.2001
WO02055201: Sample processing apparatus, 12.01.2001
WO00245286: Acoustic Communication System, 30.11.2000
WO00245273: Communication System, 30.11.2000
WO03061285: Captioning System, 24.12.2001

Recent presentations and conferences

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Conference proceedings

Anderson, V. and Jones, A.W., 2014. Anthropocene: Journey of a concept. Normative and Ideational Trends in Global Environmental Politics, BISA Working Group on Environment, University of Sheffield. 

Monasterolo, I., Tonelli, F., Jones, A.W. and Natalini, D., 2014. Hybrid System Dynamics – Agent Based model to simulate Complex Adaptive Systems: a new methodological framework for sustainability analysis. 32nd International Conference of the System Dynamics Society, 20-23 July 2014, Delft.

Monasterolo, I., Jones, A.W., Natalini, D. and Anderson, V., 2013. Exploring the complex system dynamics between natural resources and human activities, and their impact on short term growth: a case study of Serbia. WEHIA 18th Annual Workshop on Economic Science with Heterogeneous Interacting Agents.

Natalini, D., Monasterolo, I., Jones, A.W. and Anderson, V., 2013. Modelling future growth – How country behaviours will respond to resource constraints and environmental degradation. ESSA 2013: 9th Conference of the European Social Simulation Association, Warsaw.

Dinita, R., Wilson, G., Winckles, A., Cirstea, M. and Jones, A.W., 2013. Hardware loads and power consumption in cloud computing environments. International Conference on Industrial Technology (ICIT), 2013, pp.1291-1296, ISBN 978-1-4673-4568-2.

Jones, A.W. and Bartlett, N., 2012. A climate of responsibility: qualitative analysis of global business leadership groups. Planet under Pressure.

Dinita, R., Wilson,. G., Winckles, A., Cirstea, M. and Jones, A.W., 2012. A Cloud-based virtual computing laboratory for teaching computer networks. Optimization of Electrical and Electronic Equipment (OPTIM), 2012 13th International Conference on, pp.1314-1318.

Jones, A.W., 2011. Economic growth and sustainability. Proceedings of the 2nd Global Convention on Sustainability, Institute of Directors (India). 

Duffy, D.G., Jones, A.W, and Hamilton, J.R., 2003. Templateless biometrics and cryptography. Proceedings of the International Workshop in Wireless Security Technologies, pp.33-43.

Jones, A.W., 2002. From local to global: the choice of location technology. Proceedings of the first European Location Based Services Workshop, IEE, London.

Macias-Perez, J.F., Watson, R.A., Davies, R.D., Davis, R.J., Wilkinson, A., Rebolo, R., Gutierrez, C., Lasenby, A.N. and Jones, A.W., 2000. New results from the Tenerife beamswitch experiments. International Astronomical Union, New Cosmological Data and the Values of the Fundamental Parameters, Symposium 201, Manchester.

Davies, R.D., Davis, R.J., Wilkinson, A., Watson, R.A., Melhuish, S.J., Dicker, S., Veeraraghavan, S., Rebolo, R., Gutierrez, C.M., Hoyland, R.Y., Lasenby, A.N., Hancock, S. Jones, A.W. and Rocha, G., 1999. Observations of the CMB on scales of 2 to 15 degrees. Proceedings of the 183 symposium of the International Astronomical Union, Kyoto, 1997, ed. K Sato.

Gutierrez, C.M., Lasenby, A.N., Jones, A.W. and Hancock, S., 1999. The Tenerife experiments. VIII Marcel Grossmann meeting on General Relativity, Jerusalem, World Scientific Publishing.

Hobson, M.P., Barreiro, R.B., Toffolatti, L., Lasenby, A.N., Sanz, J.L., Jones, A.W. and Bouchet, F.R., 1998. The effect of point sources on satellite observations of the CMB. Proceedings of the 33rd Moriond Astrophysics Meeting, Microwave Anisotropies, Editions Frontiere, Gif-sur-Yvette, eds. J Tran Thanh Van, Y. Giraud-Heraud, F. Bouchet, T. Damour, Y. Mellier. 

Lasenby, A.N., Jones, A.W. and Dabrowski, Y., 1998. Review of Ground-based CMB Experiments. Proceedings of the 33rd Moriond Astrophysics Meeting, Microwave Anisotropies. Editions Frontiere, Gif-sur-Yvette, eds. J Tran Thanh Van, Y. Giraud-Heraud, F. Bouchet, T. Damour, Y. Mellier.

Hobson, M.P. and Jones, A.W., 1997. CMB map making using Maximum Entropy Methods. Proceedings of Particle Physics and the Early Universe, Cambridge, eds. Batley, R., Jones, M.E. and Green, D.A. Available online

Jones, A.W. and Hobson, M.P., 1997. Planck map reconstructions with MEM. Proceedings of Particle Physics and the Early Universe, Cambridge, eds. Batley R., Jones, M.E. & Green, D.A. Available online

Lasenby, A.N., and Jones, A.W., 1997. The cosmic microwave background. Proceedings of Fourth Paris Cosmology Colloquium, World Scientific, eds. de Vega, H.J. and Sanchez, N., p.1.

Lasenby, A.N. and Jones, A.W., 1997. Cosmic microwave background anisotropy science. In: Sanchez, N. and Zichini, A. (eds.) Current topics in astrofundamental physics: primordial cosmology. Kluwer, p.325.

Jones, A.W., Bland-Hawthorn, J. and Kaiser, N., 1995. Redshift survey strategies. Bulletin of the AAS, 26, p.1407.

Jones, A.W., Bland-Hawthorn, J. and Shopbell, P.L., 1995. Towards a general definition for spectroscopic resolution. Proceedings of ADASS IV, Baltimore, eds. Shaw, R.A., Payne, H.E. and Hayes,. J.J.E.