Jordan Harold


  • 0.25 Lawrence Stenhouse Building

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I am interested in how individuals interpret scientific evidence about climate change, and how evidence can be communicated to support societal decision-making. A key aspect to my current work is understanding the interlinkages between individual cognition and behaviours and policy responses to climate change that would enable societal transformation.
As an applied cognitive psychologist I connect insights about how people think and make decisions with real-world practical applications. I employ a range of methods in my work, including experiments, eye-tracking, decision-making tasks, surveys and interviews.
Through my recent work with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), I have supported the communications design of the IPCC Special Reports on Global Warming of 1.5oC and Climate Change and Land (as a drafting author to the Summaries for Policymakers).
I graduated from The University of Warwick with a first class BSc Honours in Psychology after which I developed a career in medical communications, working with organisations such as GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer and Macmillan Cancer Support. I gained my MSc in Science with Distinction at the Open University where I explored contemporary issues in science communication and education. My PhD from the University of East Anglia explored cognition of data visuals (graphs/diagrams) and how climate science communication might be enhanced at the science-policy interface.

Key Research Interests

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 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

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