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Dr Mark Charlesworth

Senior Lecturer - Research

Dr Mark Charlesworth

About Research



Dr Mark Charlesworth holds a PhD from Keele University 'Sustainable development: transdisciplinary solutions ' an MSc in Environmental Engineering from the University of Portsmouth and a BEng in Design and Manufacturing Engineering from Loughborough University.

He is currently a Senior Lecturer Research at St Mary’s University, where he works on several research projects investigating sustainability transition in the Catholic Church and other religious groups. He is currently Coordinating the development of the European Laudato Si Alliance baseline survey and also the technical lead on the Guardians of Creation project.

His sustainability research interests encompass epistemology, ethics, policy, organisational change, philosophy of management and leadership, environmental education, Popparian approaches to Global Governance. He is a reviewer for a range of journals. He has taught sustainability modules across a range of disciplines and led the BA Geography programme at Bishop Grosseteste University.


Research profile


Work in progress

  • Islam MdT, Charlesworth M, Hemstock S and Humayun K, ‘An assessment of the perceptions and impacts of climate change and Rohingya refugee settlements in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, on forest ecology’. Under review by Applied Geography
  • Islam MdT, Sikder S, Charlesworth M, Rabbi A, ‘Spatial transformation dynamics of urbanization and refugees’ settlements in coastal Bangladesh: A mixed approach in case of new Rohingya camps in Cox’s Bazar’. Submitted to Applied Geography
  • Charlesworth M and Okereke C ‘The Ethics of the IPCC’ – A reflection on the ethical assumptions displayed in the IPCC assessment reports. To be submitted to Nature Climate Change.
  • Okereke C and Charlesworth M ‘Towards a Just and More Effective Climate Regime: Public Participation and Institutional Reform’. To be submitted to Nature Climate Change.

Honours and awards

  • Commissioner of Lincoln Climate Commission
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • 2008-2020 Honorary Research Fellow - School of Social Sciences – Keele University
  • 2011-2013 Expert Reviewer for Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) WGI, WGII and WGIII Assessment Report 5
  • ESRC Research Studentship (Oct 1999 - June 2002)
  • 2002 Hugh Leech Travelling Scholarship
  • Lucas Undergraduate Studentship (Nov 1986 - June 1990)

Selected reviews, presentations and event organisation

  • Peer reviewer for:
    • Philosophical Psychology
    • Global Environmental Change
    • Environment and Development
    • Environment, Development and Sustainability
    • Energy Policy
    • Environmental Politics
    • St Anthony’s International Review
  • August 2019 Dr Sarah Hemstock and Dr Mark Charlesworth - Climate Change in the Role of Education at Water of Life: Navigating Climate Change for Planetary Health - Lincoln
  • March 2012 presented poster The Perils of Global Boundary Scenarios related to the session Global Scenarios: Sustainability Boundaries and the Great Transition at London
  • March 2011 presented paper Unpredictable Earth System – philosophical responsibilities at Climate Change and Philosophy Conference - Lancaster University
  • September 2008 presented paper Tipping Points, Inertia, Ethics and Policy at What price security? New Issues in the Ethics of Risk’, Lincoln Theological Institute - Manchester
  • Earth Conference 2008 - June -
  • September 2007 invited to present Policy responses to rapid climate change OR Rapid Climate Change! What Now? at QUEST summer school
  • February 2007 lead organiser of a showing of ‘An Inconvenient Truth’ followed by ‘Keele Climate Question Time’ - attended by 300 people
  • October 2006 presented poster/paper Policy responses to rapid climate change OR Rapid Climate Change! What Now? at NERC Rapid Climate Change Conference
  • Invited by Professor H-J Schellnhuber to present ‘Unpredictable Earth System: Implications for Policy’ at Tyndall UEA June 2003 and Tyndall Manchester September 2004
  • February 2000 presented paper Sustainable development: Transdisciplinary research programmes – The most important transdisciplinary question? at the International Transdisciplinary Conference Zurich

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