Katy Wilson

Lloyd’s Postgraduate Award, Columbia University - Environmental Sciences

While at school, Katy designed a wearable device for earthquake relief as part of the New York Academy of Sciences Junior Academy programme. This strengthened her fascination with the interactions between the human and physical world and drove her to study geography at the University of Cambridge. Global warming is not just a physical manifestation; it is rooted in social systems with widespread implications for society. An internship founded her specific interest in climatic interplay with business. She was shocked at the limited action of companies to adjust to the realities of climate change; rather than resisting change, there are benefits for the private sector in adjusting to a low-carbon economy by facilitating climate mitigation practices. This motivated her decision to study Climate and Society at Columbia. Katy is looking forward to the experience of living and working in New York and continuing to develop her views of environmental management under leading academics while allowing her to study alongside other passionate students. She believes her Fulbright experience will be the foundation of a career in contributing to climate management and having a positive impact on society and the future of our planet.