Dr Maria Sharmina appointed Co-Director for Science and Engineering for Policy@Manchester

SCI Affiliate Researcher Dr Maria Sharmina will join the University's sector-leading policy engagement institute Policy@Manchester as the Co-Director for Science and Engineering.

Dr Maria Sharmina

Maria brings experience of working with policy makers, particularly across Government Departments. Her research on low-carbon energy and circular economy involves interdisciplinary approaches to complex policy problems, and aims to provide a conduit between academics and policymakers. Policy@Manchester connects researchers with policymakers and influencers, nurtures long-term policy engagement relationships, and seeks to enhance stakeholder understanding of pressing policy challenges. 

It operates as a University-wide platform, reporting to the Vice-President for Research, and makes a key contribution to our research impact strategy through its focus on influencing public policy. Since its inception in 2009 Policy@Manchester has secured significant success in its activities and demonstrated its sector leading position within the HE community. This includes its thought leadership publications, such as the recent Energy Futures, Air Quality, and Net Zero and policy-related blogs and events involving researchers from across all three faculties.