I am interested in how individuals, groups and collectives perceive the challenges of global environmental change, how they engage and respond to them.  As an environmental social scientist, I examine the relationships between individual perceptions and understandings of environmental issues - specifically climate change, its causes and consequences over different timescales - and behaviours.  An important component to my work is the appreciation and interaction with the societal context in which individuals operate; hence my focus also on adaptation and resilience, communication, environmental policy and decision-making, sustainable development.  I pursue these strands drawing from a variety of social science disciplines including psychology, sociology, political sciences, science and technology studies.

My recent work has involved the exploration of individual and institutional engagement with climate change both in terms of mitigation and adaptation; the role of social capital in adaptation; public attitudes towards current energy use and future energy options; the construction of climate and energy discourses; the evolution of climate change policy; conceptualisations of time and the future. I have published extensively in peer-reviewed journals, including Nature Climate Change, have co-edited “Adaptation to Climate Change” (with Neil Adger and Karen O’Brien, 2009, CUP) and “Engaging the public with climate change: communication and behaviour change” (with Lorraine Whitmarsh and Saffron O’Neill, 2010, Earthscan). I serve on the editorial board of the academic journal Wiley Interdisciplinary Review (WIREs): Climate Change; I am member of the Science, Society and Sustainability (3S) Research Group and of the Tyndall Centre.

I welcome enquiries about undertaking further work related to my research interests. Click here for current PhD opportunities in the School of Environmental Sciences.  Feel free to email me to discuss projects ideas and alternative sources of funding.



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