Dr Maria Sharmina is Senior Lecturer in Energy and Sustainability at the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research in the School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering. She is a member of the University Senate and the School's Deputy Director of Research (with responsibility for the Research Excellence Framework and Research Environment). Previously, she was a visiting fellow at the University College London Energy Institute.
Maria is the University of Manchester Principal Investigator on the UK Research & Innovation (UKRI) £8m Energy Revolution Consortium, leading the work on innovative business models for the energy sector. She is also developing new business models for her UKRI-funded projects on sustainable food systems and on single-use plastics.
Together with a colleague from the School of Computer Science, Maria was a PI on the SMART@Manchester project funded by the University of Manchester Research Institute, focusing on the use of social media analytics in the energy industry. She led the work on business models for community energy on the ‘Financing community energy’ project funded by the UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC). Maria also led an Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Nexus grant exploring how energy, food and water are connected in the UK policy-development process. She has worked on a range of other funded projects including: the EPSRC's 'Shipping in Changing Climates' project; the 'Designing Sustainable Supply Chains' project sponsored by a major retailer; and, a project identifying research methods for modelling energy and water demand funded by University of Manchester Research Institute. Through the University’s Researchers into Management programme (accredited by the Institute of Leadership & Management), Maria has developed skills in research project management, team leadership and strategic planning. Previously she completed her PhD within the Tyndall Centre. Her educational background is in economics and statistics.