Dr Zen Makuch has accepted appointment as Director of the Centre for Environmental Policy with effect from 1 October 2011. He succeeds Professor John Mumford who has completed his term of office.
Dr Makuch joined the College in 1995 as Lecturer in Law in the T H Huxley School, which was subsequently restructured to create the Department of Earth Science and Engineering and the Centre for Environmental Policy. He became Reader in Law in 2001 and has directed the Sustainable Transitions research theme for the past four years, also leading postgraduate teaching programmes in related fields in both the Faculty of Natural Sciences and the Business School. In 2003 he received the College’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and was appointed as the College’s Teaching Fellow for Innovation. He has been awarded one of the 2011 Rector’s Medals for Outstanding Contribution to Teaching Excellence.
Dr Makuch’s research focuses on the regulation of environment and energy science and technology. He has been Editor of the journal, European Energy and Environmental Law Review, for the past ten years and has acted as a specialist advisor for the House of Lords, European Commission and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on environment, energy and climate change matters.