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Elise Steward


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Elise Steward is a PhD student at the University of Strathclyde investigating the potential for hydrogen furnaces to contribute to the decarbonisation and sustainable transition of the steel industry across the UK and Ontario, Canada. Elise's interests concern the barriers, enablers and drivers of technology transitions to inform a policy-facing model of the decision ecosystem. 

This is cross-disciplinary and international research and as such, Elise is working alongside a network of researchers at the University of Strathclyde, University of Waterloo, Canada, and Comillas Pontifical University, Spain. The supervisory team include Prof John Quigley (Management Science, Strathclyde Business School), Dr Jen Roberts (Civil and Environmental Engineering, Faculty of Engineering) and Prof Andrew Sherlock (National Manufacturing Institute of Scotland). 

Research Interests

Elise has an academic background which focuses on accounting and financial management. Prior learning is largely concentrated on ecological economics, sustainable finance and international financial reporting. Research interests concern policy making and sustainable transitions in industry, relating to net-zero targets. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production

Education/Academic qualification

Master of Science, International Accounting & Finance, Aston University

Award Date: 28 Mar 2023

Bachelor of Science, Accountancy, Edge Hill University

Award Date: 24 Jun 2021


  • Policy Innovation
  • Hydrogen transition
  • Industrial Decarbonisation
  • Decision Making
  • Sustainable Energy
  • Sustainable Finance


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