Our People

Kathryn Firth
Junior Consultant
I carry out research and data analysis to support a wide range of Eunomia’s projects, with a particular interest in air quality and making cities more sustainable. Outside of work I love getting out of the city, especially for trail runs, hill walks and long bike rides.

Kathryn is a Junior Consultant who joined Eunomia’s Bristol office in September 2018, having just completed an MSc in Environmental Policy and Management at the University of Bristol. She has a good understanding of the corporate and political aspects of environmental management, as well as experience handling large datasets in SPSS and spatial databases in ArcGIS.

Recent Experience

Since joining Eunomia, Kathryn has gained experience working on projects across a range of service areas. She makes regular use of her GIS skills on a diverse range of projects, from solving logistics and routing problems for deposit return schemes and local authority waste collections to developing Fire Prevention Plans for recycling centres. Recently, Kathryn led on the analysis and reporting of branded litter items found on UK beaches for client Surfers Against Sewage. This involved cleaning up and dissecting a dataset of almost 50,000 items. The report was used to inform the client’s response to the government’s consultation on Extended Producer Responsibility, and made national headlines. Kathryn is also involved in ongoing work managing the Renewable Energy Planning Database (REPD) for the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). Her role on the REPD includes regular direct contact with developers of renewable energy projects and doing a quarterly scrape of the planning portals of all UK local authorities to ensure the database captures all developments at each stage of their lifecycle.

Career History

As part of her Masters degree, Kathryn managed a group consultancy project for Defra about the future of the UK bioeconomy, and undertook an individual research dissertation in partnership with Sustrans, analysing the potential for reducing on-street parking to make space for cycling infrastructure in Bristol. Both of these projects involved technical modelling and policy analysis skills.

Kathryn graduated with a first class degree in Linguistics from the University of Edinburgh in 2016, including a year spent living and studying in Montreal, Canada. The year between finishing her undergraduate degree and starting postgraduate study was mostly spent working as the Active Travel Officer at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, instigating behavioural change projects to encourage more students and staff to make their everyday journeys by bike. Kathryn then spent the summer practicing what she preached, as she cycled from France to Austria on her own, passing through six countries and covering a distance of about 4,000 km. She also spent a month at the Goethe Institute in Hamburg studying German to level B1.2.