Chief Executive of the Environment Agency visits Sussex Sustainability Research Programme

Sir James Bevan (left) met with Professor Joseph Alcamo, Director of the Sussex Sustainability Research Programme (SSRP).

The head of the Environment Agency visited the University of Sussex today to meet staff and students working on environmental issues.

Sir James Bevan, the Chief Executive of the Environment Agency and a former Sussex student, met with researchers from the Sussex Sustainability Research Programme (SSRP), including Professor Joseph Alcamo, the Programme’s new Director, who started at the University this week.

He also gave a careers talk about the Environment Agency to students from across the University.

During today’s visit, Sir James, who previously studied Social Anthropology at Sussex, said: “This is the first time I’ve been back to the University of Sussex in 37 years and it’s even better than it was then.

“For most of my career I’ve spent it trying to change the world and I’ve been speaking to many students today about joining the Environment Agency and doing just that.

“We are always looking for research evidence to make the world better, whether it’s about flood damage or important ecological issues. Today I’ve met a host of researchers from Sussex working across all of these areas and I look forward to building up links with them in the future.”

The SSRP aims to address complex global socio-economic, technical and environmental challenges and includes academics from across the University of Sussex and the Institute of Development Studies.

By: Lynsey Ford
Last updated: Friday, 7 April 2017