Dr Sara Nawaz

sara nawaz

Research Affiliate

Until 2023, I was a Postdoctoral Researcher working on OceanNETs, a project examining the feasibility of ocean-based negative emissions technologies (NETs) for addressing climate change. My work seeks to incorporate public perspectives and principles of responsible innovation into the design and governance of these technologies. I am affiliated with Oxford Net Zero, as well as with the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions, where I contribute to the project Solid Carbon, which also explores the feasibility of ocean-based NETs. 

I completed my PhD in August 2021 at the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability, at the University of British Columbia (Canada), where I studied social dimensions of emerging gene editing, gene drive, and synthetic biology technologies for agriculture. Prior to my PhD, I worked as a researcher at the World Resources Institute and a consultant at Environmental Resources Management. I hold an MPhil in Development Studies from Oxford University and a BA in economics from Swarthmore College (Pennsylvania, U.S.). 

Email: sara.nawaz@insis.ox.ac.uk