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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.
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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
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):
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Deep Decarbonisation: The Democratic Challenge of Navigating Governance Traps
1/03/21 → 28/02/26
Centre for Climate Change Transformations (C3T)
Jordan, A., Lorenzoni, I., Tregaskis, O. & Wilson, C.
Economic and Social Research Council
1/05/19 → 30/04/24
Challenging Radical Uncertainty in Science, Society and the Environment (CRUISSE)
Benson, D., Lorenzoni, I. & Kirsop-Taylor, N.
Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
1/06/18 → 30/11/18
Improving methods of communicating climatic uncertainties to aid decision-making
Coventry, K., Lorenzoni, I. & Harold, J.
30/06/17 → 30/07/18
Advising national climate policy makers: A longitudinal analysis of the UK Climate Change CommitteeDudley, H., Jordan, A. & Lorenzoni, I., Sep 2022, In: Global Environmental Change. 76, 102589.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile25 Downloads (Pure)
Economic impacts of jellyfish blooms on coastal recreation in a UK coastal town and potential management optionsKennerley, A., Wood, L. E., Luisetti, T., Ferrini, S. & Lorenzoni, I., 1 Aug 2022, In: Ocean and Coastal Management. 227, 106284.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-review1 Citation (Scopus)
The political challenges of deep decarbonisation: towards a more integrated agendaJordan, A., Lorenzoni, I., Tosun, J., Enguer i Saus, J., Geese, L., Kenny, J., Levario Saad, E., Moore, B. & Schaub, S. G., 18 Mar 2022, In: Climate Action. 1, 6.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Review article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile8 Downloads (Pure)
Understanding perceived effectiveness of a novel coastal management project: The case of the Bacton-Walcott sandscaping scheme, UKCotton, I., Forster, J., Lorenzoni, I. & Tolhurst, T. J., 26 Oct 2022, In: Frontiers in Marine Science. 9, 1028819.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile17 Downloads (Pure)
VisualsLorenzoni, I. & Harold, J., 8 Dec 2022, A Critical Assessment of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Hulme, M. & De Pryck, K. (eds.). Cambridge University Press
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › ChapterOpen Access
- 1 Publication editorial role
Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change (Journal)
Irene Lorenzoni (Editorial board member)2008 → …
Activity: Editorial work › Publication editorial role