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Research interests

I am Deputy Director of the ESRC-funded Centre for Climate Change and Social Transformations (CAST). I am the theme 1 lead exploring visions of desirable and feasible low-carbon futures.

My research interests can broadly be described as examining (risk) perception, communication, and public engagement with emerging and complex socio-technical issues. I have particular expertise in public attitudes and acceptability towards environmental and energy issues, as well as low-carbon futures

My work is shaped by a strong interdisciplinary approach using mixed-methods including quantitative survey methods and qualitative deliberative methods.

Past and current research projects focus on public perceptions of energy technologies, low-carbon heating, energy storage and flexibility, public acceptance of energy transitions and whole energy system change, responsibility and trust for delivering and financing low-carbon energy policies, public energy security concerns, perceptions and experiences of climate risk and climate impacts. My research speaks to early and meaningful public engagement with climate change and energy issues; as part of this I have also done research on the use of citizen assemblies on climate change.

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 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Postgraduate Certificate in University Teaching & Learning, Postgraduate Certificate in University Teaching & Learning, Cardiff University

Award Date: 1 Jul 2014

Environmental Psychology, Doctor of Philosophy, Cardiff University

Award Date: 10 Oct 2011

Psychology, Bachelor of Science, Psychology, Cardiff University

Award Date: 1 Jul 2008

External positions

Net Zero Public Engagement Advisor (secondment), Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

1 May 202025 May 2022

External Examiner (MSc Sustainability and Behaviour Change), Centre for Alternative Technology

Oct 2019 → …

Associate Editor, Royal Society Open Science Journal

Aug 2019 → …

Deputy director, Centre for Climate Change and Social Transformations (CAST)

May 2019 → …

Member, Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) for the UKRI Energy Programme

Editorial Advisory Board, The Lancet Planetary Health

Affiliate, Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research

Member, UK Energy Research Centre


  • climate change
  • sustainability
  • psychology
  • public engagement
  • risk perception
  • energy


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