Dr Aled Jones


Global Sustainability Institute

Faculty:Faculty of Science & Technology

Location: Cambridge

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

Books and Invited Book Chapters

R Pasqualino, AW Jones & A Phillips, Resources, ‘Financial Risk and the Dynamics of Growth: Systems and Society’, 2016, Routledge (in prep)

S Saran & AW Jones, ‘Discovering the ‘I’ in India’s climate change debates’, 2016, Palgrave (in prep)

R Bailey, T Benton, A Challinor, J Elliott, D Gustafson, B Hiller, A Jones, K Lewis, T Meacham, M Rivington, R Tiffin & D Wuebbles, ‘Climate change - a risk assessment’, Eds. D King, D Schrag, Z Dadi, Q Ye & A Ghosh, 2015, chap. 20, 113-119, UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office

AW Jones, I Allen, N Silver, C Howarth, C Cameron & B Caldecott, ‘Resource constraints: The Evidence and scenarios’, 2013, The Actuarial Profession

AW Jones, ‘International climate finance and clean energy investing’, 2012, Clean Energy Investing: A comprehensive guide for institutional investors focusing on private assets, Private Equity International

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

AW Jones (editor), ‘Chevening Economics of Climate Change: A Global Perspective’, University of Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership & UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, 2010

AW Jones (author and editor), ‘Transformational Change Model for a Low Climate Risk Economy’, 2009, University of Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership

Refereed Papers

N Edomah, C Foulds & AW Jones, 2016. Energy Transitions in Nigeria: The Evolution of Energy Infrastructure Provision (1800–2015). Energies, 9(7), pp.484

N Edomah, C Foulds & AW Jones, 2016. The Role of Policy Makers and Institutions in the Energy Sector: The Case of Energy Infrastructure Governance in Nigeria. Sustainability, 8(829)

E Agboraw & AW Jones, ‘Financial risk and resource scarcity: exploring the future’, 2016, Journal of Financial Stability (in prep)

N Edomah, C Foulds & AW Jones, ‘Energy infrastructure governance in Nigeria: linkages and consequences of policy decision processes and institutions’, 2016, Sustainability (submitted)

R Eagle, AW Jones & A Greig, ‘Localism and the Environment: a critique of the localism strategy employed by the UK coalition government’, 2016, Local Economy (submitted)

I Monasterolo, R Pasqualino, E Mollona, AW Jones & T Janetos, ‘The role of System Dynamics to understand the global food system and cope with food security risk’, 2016, Agricultural Systems (submitted)

AW Jones & A Phillips, ‘Voluntary corporate engagement in climate change: a study of the ClimateWise principles’, 2016, Journal of Cleaner Production, 137, 131

T Lunt, AW Jones, W Mulhern, D le Zaks & M Jahn ‘Multiple Breadbasket Failure, Climate, and Insurance: Understanding Agricultural Climate Risk’, 2016, Climate Risk Management (submitted)

AW Jones & B Hiller, ‘Exploring the dynamics of responses to food production shocks’, 2016, Global Food Security (invited paper) (submitted)

D Natalini, G Bravo, AW Jones & A Phillips, ‘An agent based model to simulate food riots as a consequence of food production shocks’, 2016, Food Security (submitted)

R Pasqualino, I Monasterolo, AW Jones, ‘An integrated global food and energy security system dynamics model for addressing systemic risk and supporting short term sustainable policy making’, 2016, Food Security (submitted)

AW Jones & A Phillips, ‘Historic food production shocks: quantifying the extremes’, 2016, Sustainability, 8 (5), 427-436

N Ruhs & AW Jones, ‘The implementation of Earth Jurisprudence through substantive constitutional rights of nature’, 2016, Sustainability, 8 (2), 174

B Hiller, P Gurthrie & AW Jones, ‘Overcoming ex-post development stagnation: interventions with continuity and scaling in mind’, 2016, Sustainability, 8 (2), 155

A Solazzo, AW Jones, N Cooper, ‘Revising payment for ecosystem services in the light of stewardship. The need for a legal framework’, 2015, Sustainability, 7 (11), 15449

M Fiore, I Monasterolo, AW Jones & F Conto, ‘Understanding limits to data informative power for sustainable food policies in transition and post-transition countries’, 2015, International Journal of Globalisation and Small Business, 7 (3/4), 300

K Jones, A Desai, M Mullvile & AW Jones, ‘Integrating back casting and forecasting principles into facilities and built asset management strategies – a theoretical approach’, 2015, Facilities, 33 (11/12), 701

R Pasqualino, AW Jones, I Monasterolo & A Phillips, ‘Understanding global systems today – a calibration of the World3-03 model up to 2012’, 2015, Sustainability, 7 (8), 9864

AW Jones, ‘Achieving scale in clean technology investing’, 2015, Journal of Cleaner Production, 104, 297

D Natalini, AW Jones & G Bravo, ‘Quantitative assessment of approaches to measuring likelihood of food riots in countries’, 2015, Sustainability, 7 (4), 4360

 AW Jones, Y Qian & R Robison, ‘Exploring individual lifetime wellbeing: an optimal year of birth’, 2014, Journal of Sociology Study, 4 (9), 802

Reports and Non Refereed Papers

D Viner, M Rawlins, I Allison, C Howarth & A Jones, ‘Climate change and business survival’, 2015, Mott Macdonald

 R Bailey, TG Benton, A Challinor, J Elliot, D Gustafson, B Hiller, A Jones, C Kent, K Lewis, T Meacham, M Rivington, R Tiffin & D Wuebbles, ‘Extreme weather and resilience of the global food system’, 2015, UK-US Taskforce on Extreme Weather and Global Food System Resilience

 AW Jones & B Hiller, ‘Review of the responses to food production shocks’, 2015, UK-US Taskforce on Extreme Weather and Global Food System Resilience

 D Gustafson, AW Jones, B Hiller, JR Tiffin & M Rivington, ‘Country level impacts of global grain production shocks’, 2015, UK-US Taskforce on Extreme Weather and Global Food System Resilience

‘Food system shock: the insurance impacts of acute disruption to global food supply’, 2015, Lloyds of London (acknowledged contributing author)

 AW Jones, ‘Climate change and limits on natural resources – projections and impacts’, 2014, Report from the International Social Security Assoication (ISSA)

 AW Jones, I Monasterolo, V Anderson, T Zalk, A Phillips, J Hogbin, D Natini, R Pasqualino, E Agboraw, C Cameron, N Silver & E Wiles, ‘Country Resource Maps’, 2014, Global Resource Observatory Report, Anglia Ruskin University

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

 V Sharan, AW Jones & A Shanbhag, ‘Capital Markets and Sustainability: a baseline evaluation of the Indian context’, 2013, gTrade

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

 C Howarth & AW Jones, ‘Removing the hassle factor associated with loft insulation: results of a behavioural trial’, 2013, UK Department for Energy and Climate Change

 AW Jones, I Allen, N Silver, C Howarth, C Cameron & B Caldecott, ‘Resource constraints: sharing a finite world: Implications of Limits to Growth for the Actuarial Profession’, 2013, The Actuarial Profession

 M Wilkins, AW Jones, C Howarth & L van Ast, ‘Credit FAQ: How water shortages in Eastern England could increase costs for UK based utilities’, CreditWeek, March 7th, 2012, Standard & Poor’s

 AW Jones & M Ward, ‘Principles for Investment Grade Policy and Projects’, 2012, Report for the Capital Markets Climate Initiative, UK Department for Energy and Climate Change

 AW Jones, ‘On ethical entrepreneurship’, 2011, Interconnections, Lord Ashcroft International Business School

 AW Jones & B Hiller, ‘Achieving Scale in Investment: Global Risk and Opportunity from Climate Change’, 2010 International Dimensions of Climate Change Foresight Project, Government Office of Science

 AW Jones, ‘Welcome to our world’, 2005, ABB Review, 2, 10-13

Selected Magazine articles

AW Jones, ‘Food security and financial risk’, February 2016, BRINK News

 AW Jones, ‘Dr Apocalypse’, July 2015, Sustainable Identities, International Art Exhibition la Biennale di Venezia

 AW Jones & M Green, ‘Liquid Asset: The Future of Water’, June 2014, The Actuary, The Actuarial Profession

 AW Jones, ‘A global challenge’, December 2013, RICS Land Journal

 AW Jones, ‘Actuaries’ assumptions on future growth may need to change’, January 2013, The Guardian

 AW Jones, ‘Resource constraints’, January 2013, The Actuary, The Actuarial Profession

 AW Jones, ‘Transformation: Achieving the impossible?’, 2012, Green Economy Coalition Newsletter

 AW Jones, ‘Global Sustainability’ (editorial), 2011, Public Service Review: UK Science & Technology 3

 AW Jones & Samir Saran, ‘REIL roundtable advocates UN low-carbon policy framework’, July 2011, Global Energy Review

 AW Jones, ‘Scaling up Institutional Investment in Climate Solutions’, May 2010, UNFCCC Newsletter

 AW Jones, ’Stopping the Climate Crunch’, 2010, Public Finance, Chartered Institute for Public Finance and Accountancy

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

D Natalini & AW Jones, Food insecurity as a stressor for political fragility in countries, Proceedings of Meeting the challenges of food security: innovation, sustainability and international collaboration, 14th July 2015, Westminter Food and Nutrition Forum, London.
R Pasqualino, I Monasterolo, A Philips & AW Jones, 2015, Integrating systems dynamics models towards a global systemic risk framework for assessing resource-growth insecurity, Systems Dynamics, Norway
V Anderson & AW Jones, ‘Anthropocene: Journey of a concept’, 2014, Normative and Ideational Trends in Global Environmental Politics, BISA Working Group on Environment, University of Sheffield
I Monasterolo, F Tonelli, AW Jones & D Natalini, ‘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
I Monasterolo, AW Jones, D Natalini & V Anderson, ‘Exploring the complex system dynamics between natural resources and human activities, and their impact on short term growth: a case study of Serbia’, 2013, WEHIA 18th Annual Workshop on Economic Science with Heterogeneous Interacting Agents
D Natalini, I Monasterolo, AW Jones & V Anderson, ‘Modelling future growth – How country behaviours will respond to resource constraints and environmental degradation’, 2013, ESSA 2013: 9th Conference of the European Social Simulation Association, Warsaw
R Dinita, G Wilson, A Winckles, M Cirstea & AW Jones, ‘Hardware loads and power consumption in cloud computing environments’, 2013, International Conference on Industrial Technology (ICIT), 2013, pp. 1291-1296, ISBN 978-1-4673-4568-2
AW Jones & N Bartlett, ‘A climate of responsibility: qualitative analysis of global business leadership groups’, 2012, Planet under Pressure
R Dinita, G Wilson, A Winckles, M Cirstea & AW Jones, ‘A Cloud-based virtual computing laboratory for teaching computer networks’, 2012, Optimization of Electrical and Electronic Equipment (OPTIM), 2012 13th International Conference on, pp. 1314-1318
AW Jones, ‘Economic growth and sustainability’, 2011, Proceedings of the 2nd Global Convention on Sustainability, Institute of Directors (India)
DG Duffy, AW Jones & JR Hamilton, `Templateless biometrics and cryptography’, 2003, Proceedings of the International Workshop in Wireless Security Technologies, pp. 33-43
AW Jones, ‘From local to global: the choice of location technology’, 2002, Proceedings of the first European Location Based Services Workshop, IEE, London
JF Macias-Perez, RA Watson, RD Davies, RJ Davis, A Wilkinson, R Rebolo, C Gutierrez, AN Lasenby & AW Jones, ‘New results from the Tenerife beamswitch experiments’, 2000, International Astronomical Union, New Cosmological Data and the Values of the Fundamental Parameters, Symposium 201, Manchester
RD Davies, RJ Davis, A Wilkinson, RA Watson, SJ Melhuish, S Dicker, S Veeraraghavan, R Rebolo, CM Gutierrez, RY Hoyland, AN Lasenby, S Hancock, AW Jones & G Rocha, ‘ Observations of the CMB on scales of 2 to 15 degrees’, 1999, Proceedings of the 183 symposium of the International Astronomical Union, Kyoto (1997), ed. K Sato
CM Gutierrez, AN Lasenby, AW Jones & S Hancock, `The Tenerife experiments', 1999, VIII Marcel Grossmann meeting on General Relativity (1997), Jerusalem, World Scientific Publishing
MP Hobson, RB Barreiro, L Toffolatti, AN Lasenby, JL Sanz, AW Jones & FR Bouchet, `The effect of point sources on satellite observations of the CMB', 1998, Proc. 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
AN Lasenby, AW Jones & Y. Dabrowski, `Review of Ground-based CMB Experiments', 1998, Proc. 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
MP Hobson & AW Jones, `CMB map making using Maximum Entropy Methods', 1997, Proc. of Particle Physics and the Early Universe, Cambridge, eds. Batley R., Jones, M.E. & Green, D.A. (http://www.mrao.cam.ac.uk/ppeuc/)
AW Jones & MP Hobson, `Planck map reconstructions with MEM', 1997, Proc. of Particle Physics and the Early Universe, Cambridge, eds. Batley R., Jones, M.E. & Green, D.A. (http://www.mrao.cam.ac.uk/ppeuc/)
AN Lasenby & AW Jones, `The cosmic microwave background', 1997, Proceedings of Fourth Paris Cosmology Colloquium, World Scientific, eds. HJ de Vega & N Sanchez, p 1
AN Lasenby & AW Jones, `Cosmic microwave background anisotropy science', 1997, in `Current topics in astrofundamental physics: primordial cosmology', Kluwer, eds. N Sanchez & A Zichini, p 325
AW Jones, J Bland-Hawthorn & N Kaiser, `Redshift survey strategies', 1995, Bulletin of the AAS, Vol. 26, p 1407
AW Jones, J Bland-Hawthorn & PL Shopbell, `Towards a general definition for spectroscopic resolution', 1995, Proceedings of ADASS IV, Baltimore, eds. RA Shaw, HE Payne & JJE Hayes