Jordan Harold graduated from The University of Warwick with a first class BSc Honours in Psychology (2004) where he developed an interest in applied cognitive science. Jordan’s undergraduate research investigated ways to reduce visual recognition errors to prevent drug medication errors, which initially led him to a career in medical communications. Working with organisations such as GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer and Macmillan Cancer Support, he developed a range of skills in designing, planning and delivering communications programmes, with a particular interest in digital technologies for science communication (e.g. Wikipedia, blogs, e-learning resources, etc.)

Jordan gained his MSc Science with Distinction at the Open University (2012) where he explored contemporary issues in science, such as education, communication and public understanding and public engagement. He was particularly intrigued by the communication issues posed by climate change and therefore went on to complete basic climate science training with the University of Oxford, The Met Office and The Natural Environment Research Council (2013).

Jordan submitted his PhD in October 2017, in which he explored cognition of visual-spatial displays by researching how people process and understand climate change graphs and diagrams. His research aims to extend our understanding of the cognitive processes involved in interpreting visual-spatial displays, and translate these insights into practical applications to improve climate change communications and understanding.

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