Welcome to the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion  (EDI) Workgroup homepage


This group was set up (in Nov 2021) with the aim of embedding EDI and social justice into the culture of the Centre, and to be an integral part of the way we do things at all levels. Our motive – to help contribute to making a fairer, more just and equitable society.

The WG focus includes how we work with each other on a day-to-day basis (such as meetings and workshops, and providing support to our members), how we do our research (e.g. exploring decolonising environmental science), and our outreach and communications (including recruitment).

Working in communication with the EDI teams in our partner organisations, the WG will develop an EDI strategy for the Centre, and will develop everything from small, individual actions, to larger programmes and initiatives.

All Centre members, including affiliates, are very welcome to be involved, whether to just listen, add views and ideas, or  lead or help with an EDI project. Please contact Adriana Ford at a.ford@imperial.ac.uk


EDI activities in the Centre



Decolonising Fire Science

International Bursaries

UROP at Imperial

We are developing a series of events and actions on decolonising fire science.

Workshop 1: Decolonising Fire Science – An Introduction. WORKSHOP REPORT  or view the blog here

Workshop 2: Decolonising Fire Science – Critical Conversations – view the full report here

Workshop 3: Decolonising Fire Science – Fire Across Contested Landscapes -full report coming soon – view the summary blog here

Workshop 4: Decolonising Climate Research: an art-science workshop

Workshop 5 coming soon

In our biennial summer conference in London, we are  offering up to two  full bursaries for PhD or Masters students from countries with low-income or middle-income economies  to attend in person, to support researcher mobility and knowledge exchange. For the Leverhulme Wildfires Summer Conference 2023,  the awards went to Aline Naawa (University of Lomé, Togo) and Naftal Kariuki (Kenyatta University, Kenya). Each year, we are providing funding for up to two Undergraduate Research Opportunity Placements at Imperial to carry out wildfires research (e.g. 2021 projects). We particularly encourage applications by Black students, as well as from individuals who are members of current and historically underrepresented groups.

International Women’s Day

Generating Genius

To celebrate International Women’s Day 2022, we spoke to 15 women in the Centre about about their research, the challenges they’ve faced, and advice to women wanting to pursue a career in science



In 2020 we partnered with charity Generating Genius, engaging students from African and Caribbean backgrounds in a virtual wildfire challenge


Leadership Team