Following his graduation from the Queen’s University of Belfast, with a B.A. in politics and an M.Sc. in sustainable development, Karl relocated to China where he studied Chinese language and culture at Zhejiang University, while also teaching at a number of Chinese universities. Having lived in China for seven years, Karl has previously worked for the British Council in Shanghai, as well as being a Project Manager for the Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs (IPE) and the European Union - China Trade Project in Beijing.
Currently undertaking a PhD project at the University of Nottingham School of Contemporary Chinese Studies (UoN SCCS), in collaboration with the Nottingham Centre for Carbon Capture and Storage (NCCCS) and under the guidance of the British Geological Survey (BGS), Karl's research aims to investigate the influence of international cooperation with China on the nation’s adoption of CCS technologies and policies.