Professor Tahseen Jafry has won a Scottish Women’s Award for her work in inspiring a generation of young leaders to take up the fight for climate justice.

The Scottish Women’s Awards provide women entrepreneurs, professionals, businesses, civil servants and sports stars with a platform to be celebrated for their success and contribution to society, and stand as inspirational role models for the next generation of girls.

Professor Jafry, Director of Glasgow Caledonian University’s Mary Robinson Centre for Climate Justice, won the Leader in Science and Technology Award. She was nominated for her leadership in advancing evidence-led climate justice research leading to innovative solutions for those on the front line of the climate crisis.

The Awards took place at the Marriott Hotel Glasgow last night (October 27).

Professor Jafry said: “I am honoured to win this award. Since the inception of the Mary Robinson Centre for Climate Justice at Glasgow Caledonian University in 2013, I have led a small team to deliver award-winning research on access to water, access to energy and, more recently, to capture scientific evidence that illustrates the impact climate change is having in terms of increased gender-based violence leading to a mental-health crisis for women in Malawi.

“In my leadership role, I have led the growth of a new generation of young leaders in climate justice through the development of a globally unique MSc in Climate Justice and have set up a doctoral training programme in the subject. Starting off with just three students, we now attract hundreds of applications from across the globe.

“Integrity, commitment and passion drives me to continue in what I am doing; that is finding ways in which science and technology can truly improve the lives of the most vulnerable people impacted by climate change.”