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Department of Computer Science and Technology

  • PhD Student in the Department of Computer Science

Joycelyn is a 1st Year PhD Student on the AI for Environmental Risk Programme using participatory methods to investigate the role of technology in tropical forest conservation.

My research seeks to investigate, through a technical approach, the role and limitations of sensing technologies in the implementation of conservation research and policy aimed at reducing the impacts and effects of the intersecting climate and biodiversity crises. My investigation will take place between the field, in the forests of Ghana, and Cambridge, employing the methods of action research and co-design to respond more specifically to questions of social justice that arise from the intensification of global conservation, facilitated increasingly by these sensing technologies.


  • 2020 - Present: PhD Student on the AI4ER Programme in the Department of Computer Science
  • 2020 - Present: Climate Justice commentator and communicator and Founder of Climate In Colour, an online platform for accessible and diverse climate conversations 
  • June 2018: Ogden Trust Teach Physics Intern
  • Sept 2017: Code Club Volunteer

Academic qualifications

  • 2021: MRes Earth Sciences, AI4ER, University of Cambridge. Thesis Title: The feasibility of deriving forest change drivers in DRC with machine learning
  • 2019:  BSc Astrophysics (First Class Hons), University of Cardiff. Dissertation Title: The impact of strangulation as a quenching mechanism in galaxy cluster environments


Joycelyn Longdon is a 24-year-old PhD student at Cambridge University on the Artificial Intelligence For Environmental Risk (AI4ER) Programme researching the applications of AI to the climate emergency. Her PhD research,  in collaboration with the British Trust for Ornithology and funded by EPSRC and the Cambridge Conservation Initiative will take an interdisciplinary approach, combining machine learning, bioacoustics, forest ecology, indigenous knowledge and sociology to investigate the role of technology in forest conservation. 

She is also the founder of ClimateInColour, an online education platform and community for the climate curious, making climate conversation more accessible and diverse. Since April 2020, the platform has grown to a community of 29k+ conscious and curious individuals and has collaborated with a wide range of committed organisations including Meta (previously Facebook), Estee Lauder, Samsung, The Design Museum, Fairtrade, Greenpeace, The Financial Times, The Duke of Edinburgh Award, Waterbear Network, and Friends of the Earth. Joycelyn is currently the climate columnist at award-winning media company Gal-Dem and is a regular climate contributor on the Sky News daily climate show. She has been invited to speak on topics of climate justice, climate colonialism, activism, creativity and systems change by The United Nations Geneva Dialogues, Channel 4, Cheltenham Science Festival, Oxford University, The National Lottery, The Design Council and The Wellcome Collection.


2021Longdon, J. 2020. “Environmental Data Justice.” The Lancet 4 (November). DOI:10.1016/S2542-5196(20)30254-0.

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