Poornima Kumar

Doctor of Philosophy (DPhil) in Geography and the Environment

Supervisor: Professor Charlie Wilson and Dr Peter Barbrook-Johnson

Assessing the systemic and climate impacts of digitalisation in daily life


Academic Profile

Poornima Kumar (she/her) is a DPhil candidate at the Environmental Change Institute, School of Geography and Environment. She is part of the iDODDLE project, funded by the European Research Council. Her doctoral research examines the systemic and climate impacts of digitalisation in daily life in UK households, with a focus on the role of trust, risk perception, and privacy concerns in shaping digital service adoption.

Poornima completed the MSc in Carbon Management at the University of Edinburgh in 2020. She was funded by a Commonwealth Scholarship and a Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation Scholarship. She completed the MSc in Environmental and Infrastructure Planning at the University of Groningen in 2014, supported by an Erasmus Mundus scholarship.

Previously, Poornima worked with CSTEP India on balancing India's developmental goals with its decarbonisation and net zero targets. She contributed to the development of a national-scale system dynamics model to explore decarbonisation pathways for India. In particular, her work looked at urbanisation and energy demand in residential buildings.

Poornima Kumar
Environmental Change Institute