Ruth Townend

Research Fellow, Environment and Society Centre

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Ruth Townend is a research fellow with the Environment and Society Programme at Chatham House. Her work focuses primarily on climate risk and diplomacy.

Prior to joining Chatham House, Ruth spent the previous 12 years researching sustainability and climate change, with a particular focus on informing and influencing UK climate change policy.

Between 2009 and 2013, this role was with independent sustainability research consultancy Brook Lyndhurst, and between 2013 and 2021 with Ipsos MORI’s Energy and Environment Team. For both these organizations, Ruth worked on a wide variety of quantitative and qualitative research projects for high-profile government clients, charities, trusts and foundations.

Ruth holds a degree in social anthropology from the University of Cambridge.

Past experience

2014-21 Research Manager, Energy and Environment Team, Ipsos MORI
2013 Senior Research Executive, Ipsos MORI
2009-13 Senior Researcher, Brook Lyndhurst
2006-09 Outreach and Fundraising Officer, Survival International