Dr Paul Hardman

Dr Paul Hardman

Manager of the Sustainable Earth Institute/Director – NetZero Exchange

Faculty of Science and Engineering




An enthusiastic manager with over twenty years of technical, project and business management experience, within the private, public and higher education sectors. The last nine years working as an Institute Manager developing a collaborative, transdisciplinary research environment and strong external engagement activities. Driven by the opportunity to make a difference and provide real world, innovative solutions to sustainability challenges. Also interested in harnessing multiple perspectives and developing a holistic, team approach to sustainability.



Manager of Sustainable Earth Institute

Responsible for the strategic direction and day-to-day running of a University Research Institute with over 300 members from a variety of disciplines, including science, engineering, arts, humanities, health and business. Including developing the concept, obtaining the funding and delivering the Creative Associates activity. 




Deputy Director, Sustainability Hub: Low Carbon Devon

Successfully developed concept and bid for £2.6m ERDF funded project supporting Devon-based organisations to access research, business support, and engage with the University of Plymouth around the low-carbon agenda. Now overseeing its delivery, including responsibility for 8 staff.



Sustainability Hub Local Manager

Involved with the concept, funding, design and delivery of the Sustainability Hub. Now responsible for its operation.




Trustee, Plymouth Energy Community:

I am very proud to be a Trustee of Plymouth Energy Community (PEC) and contributing to empowering our community to create a fair, affordable, zero carbon energy system with local people at its heart.



Chair and Founder Member, Plymouth Net Zero Carbon Action Group:

I am a founder member and Chair of the Plymouth Net Zero Carbon Action Group; a group of larger, corporate and public sector organisations in Plymouth (including Plymouth City Council, University of Plymouth, University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust (Derriford Hospital), Plymouth Science Park, Plymouth Marjon University and Babcock) getting together to develop a shared understanding of our ambitions around the climate emergency and improve our activity for reducing our carbon emissions.




2011: Association for Project Management Practitioner (APMP)

2002-2003: Master of Business Administration (Merit), University of Exeter         

1995-1999: PhD–Applied Physics, University of Southampton        

1994-1995: MSc in the Physics of Laser Communications, University of Essex          

1990-1994: Certificate in Education, BSc (Hons) Applied Physics (First), University of Bath


2011-Date: Institute Manager:

                 Sustainable Earth Institute (SEI), University of Plymouth

                 Institute for Sustainability Solutions Research (ISSR), University of Plymouth          

2004-2011: Energy Adviser / Sector Development Adviser (Environmental Tech), South West RDA

2000-2002: Product Line Manager / Applications Engineer, JDS Uniphase

1995-2000: Research Fellow / PhD Research Assistant, University of Southampton