Ellie completed a BSc in Environmental Sciences from the University of Leeds in 2020, gaining an understanding and appreciation for the complexity of environmental, social, and technological systems. From this, an overarching goal of climate change mitigation led her to complete an MSc in Energy Systems and Data Analytics at UCL, within which the connectivity of transport, built environment, and social and political sectors were explored using machine learning techniques on big data, to identify plausible solutions for decarbonisation. Projects completed included investigating the driving factors of micromobility demand, and carrying out an uncertainty analysis on global net zero pathways using clustering for her thesis. Outside of her university work Ellie was also involved in additional research roles, including looking into public responses to carbon taxes, and how demographics can impact this, and also the applicability of digital platforms to inform and engage the public in local policy changes.
It is due to the dynamism of the transportation sector, and the challenge that it poses to reaching net zero targets by 2050, that Ellie chose to pursue this area of study. Her specific research interests revolve around sustainability and efficiency; by utilising machine learning techniques she hopes to identify novel approaches that unlock the potential of technological innovation, policy measures, and behavioural change for large scale decarbonisation.