Fire Governance Working Group

EDI Working Group

Earth Systems Fire Group

The Fire Governance Working Group aims to stimulate discussion and debate about how fire is managed and governed across the world. We provide a space for Centre students and staff to present their ideas and work, to explore commonalities and differences, and to challenge current thinking and paradigms of governance. We plan and write collaborative journal articles, conference sessions and non-academic outputs, supporting ECRs to take the lead in these activities. The Group is open to all Centre members.

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Primary contact: Cathy Smith ()







The Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Working Group was set up 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, or lead on an EDI project.

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Primary contact: Adriana Ford


The Earth Systems Fire Group is comprised of those working on the modelling of fire, climate, and ecosystems, particularly at large spatial scales. The group meets once a month, presenting latest updates of their research to receive peer feedback and promote knowledge exchange. The group evolved from what was originally a group of ECRs working in Life Sciences at Imperial with Colin Prentice, to become a cross-Centre group across multiple departments. All Centre members welcome.

Primary contacts: Colin Prentice and Adriana Ford


The Earth Observation of Fire Working Group


The Earth Observation of Fire Working Group aims to promote and steer the use of remote sensing technologies and techniques in the understanding and quantification of landscape fire, and also in fire management and even potentially in the avoidance of certain negative impacts from fire (e.g. in terms of adverse health impacts that come from the poor air quality sometimes associated with landscape fire events). We provide a space for Centre research staff and students to discuss ideas, to explore usage of ground, airborne or spaceborne EO technologies and datasets, and to connect with experts in different areas of EO. We plan and write collaborative journal articles, lead and contribute to conference sessions, and support ECRs to take the lead in these activities. Certain members of the Working Group are also responsible for operational satellite products dedicated to landscape fire observations. Others have been intricately involved in the development of the Global Fire Assimilation System (GFAS) that provides real-time global landscape fire emissions data into the Copernicus Atmospheric Monitoring Service (CAMS) used, for example, for providing early warning of periods of poor air quality. The Group is open to all Centre members.
Primary contact: Martin Wooster (
DiverseK is a PAGES Working Group set up by our Centre members Daniele Colombaroli and Jay Mistry in 2020, with the aim to establish a clearer methodological and ethical basis for the integration of diverse knowledges, support conservation needs in co-production with stakeholders, and re-assess current environmental policies based on the new integrated knowledge. The WG is open to anyone interested and involves researchers from across the world – more information and to become involved, please visit the DiverseK website.





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