Personal profile


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, my research focuses on the relationships between individual perceptions and understandings of environmental issues - specifically climate change - and behaviours.  An important component to my work is understanding how and why such responses are enabled or hindered, with a focus on societal and political processes shaping climate futures. Therefore my work also encompasses governance of climate change at various societal and geographical levels, both in relation to mitigating climate change and adapting to its effects. I pursue these strands drawing from a variety of social science disciplines in an interdisciplinary manner. My current research includes societal transformations and low carbon futures (see ESRC-funded CAST centre), deep decarbonisation (see ERC-funded 'DeepDCarb' - Deep Decarbonisation: the Democratic Challenge of Navigating Governance Traps’ project), communication and accessibility of climate data in visual form (including work in collaboration with the IPCC), coastal adaptation and resilience.  I serves on the editorial board of the academic journal Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews (WIREs) Climate Change. I am also member of the Science, Society and Sustainability (3S) Research Group at UEA and and of the Tyndall Centre.

I welcome email ([email protected]) enquiries from potential PhD students. Our research opportunities allow you to search for projects and scholarships and there is further information about becoming a Postgraduate Research student at UEA here.


Key Research Interests

Individual, social and institutional understandings of, and responses to energy issues, and climate change; participation in decision-making and engagement; sustainability; environmental policy and politics.

Publications: EPrints Digital Repository

Key Responsibilities

Chair of the Equality and Diversity Athena SWAN Committee, School of Environmental Sciences

Disability Liaison Officer, School of Environmental Sciences

Marine Knowledge Exchange Network (MKEN) - Member

Areas of Expertise

Climate change: understanding, perceptions, attitudes, responses, engagement; risks; policies and politics.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Collaborations and top research areas from the last five years

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