Professor of Sustainability at the University of Gloucestershire, Daniella Tilbury has been awarded a prestigious Marie Curie Fellowship after a competitive process of nominations from across Europe.

The Fellowship, awarded by the European Commission is worth approximately 240,000 euros (£224,000) will fund interdisciplinary research teams and projects in sustainability at the University.

Professor Daniella TilburyProfessor Daniella TilburyThe applications were reviewed by anonymous expert evaluators who commented upon Professor Tilbury’s ‘remarkable portfolio of experience which provided solid evidence of high level of expertise, leadership and innovative thinking.’ The referees’ report also highlighted the University of Gloucestershire’s commitment to support research and research development in sustainability.

On receiving the award, Professor Tilbury said, “Given the current financial climate and cuts in research budgets, such awards play a critical role in sustaining quality research. It also recognises the increasing importance of sustainable development as an interdisciplinary research field.” She acknowledged the support she had received from the European Funding Office and the Research Office at the University.

Professor Tilbury heads up the University of Gloucestershire’s International Research Institute in Sustainability (IRIS). She has held academic positions at universities in the UK, Hong Kong and Australia and has been the recipient of a number of international academic prizes including the Cambridge Commonwealth Scholarship and the Macquarie Research Innovation Award and Outstanding Educator Award.

The Marie Curie Fellowships focus on the promotion and recognition of excellence in European research. Developed by the European Commission, they honour and recognise the world’s leading researchers and scientists. To be eligible, prospective fellows need to be nominated by a European University and have referees from around the world who validate their credentials and expertise as international scholars.

Source: University of Gloucestershire