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Professor Lorraine Whitmarsh is an environmental psychologist, specialising in perceptions and behaviour in relation to climate change, energy and transport. She is Director of the Centre for Climate Change and Social Transformations (CAST). Her research projects have included studies of energy efficiency behaviours, waste reduction and carrier bag reuse, perceptions of smart technologies and electric vehicles, low-carbon lifestyles, and responses to climate change. Between 2014 and 2019, she held a prestigious European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant – Low-Carbon Lifestyles & Behavioural Spillover (CASPI) – and since 2019 holds an ERC Consolidator Grant – Understanding and leveraging ‘moments of change’ for pro-environmental behaviour shifts (MOCHA). She is also a Lead Author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in Working Group II; and regularly advises governmental and other organisations on low-carbon behaviour change and climate change communication.

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 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Education/Academic qualification

Postgraduate Certificate in University Teaching & Learning, Cardiff University

Award Date: 1 Oct 2010

Psychology, Doctor of Philosophy, University of Bath

Award Date: 1 Jul 2005

Science, Culture & Communication, Master of Science, University of Bath

Award Date: 1 Dec 2000

Theology & Religious Studies with French, Bachelor of Arts, University of Kent

Award Date: 1 Jul 1997

External positions

Specialist advisor, House of Lords

1 Nov 20211 Aug 2022

Scientific Commissioner, Lancet Pathfinder Commission

1 Nov 2020 → …

Expert Advisor, Net Zero Board, Department for Transport

1 Jul 2020 → …

Expert Advisor, All-Party Parliamentary Group on Green New Deal

1 Apr 2020 → …

Expert Lead, Climate Assembly UK

1 Dec 201930 Sept 2020

Lead Author, AR6, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

1 Jan 201931 Dec 2021

Member, Management Board - Water Research Institute, Cardiff University

1 Jan 20161 Jan 2019

Commissioner, Climate Change Commission for Wales

1 Jan 20111 Jan 2016

Affiliate (formerly Theme Lead), Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research

1 Jan 2011 → …

Member, Living with Environmental Change Public Engagement Strategic Advisory Group

1 Jan 20091 Jan 2011

Editorial Board, WIREs Climate Change (Journal Online)

1 Jan 20091 Jan 2020

Member, Committee on Science & Society, British Science Association

1 Jan 20061 Jan 2015

Director, Centre for Climate Change and Social Transformations (CAST)

Member, Peer Review College, Economic and Social Research Council

Editorial Board, Energy Research & Social Science

Management Group, Climate Theme, GW4

Member, International Association for People-Environment Studies (IAPS)

Member, Evidence Advisory Committee, Natural Resources Wales

Member, Presidential Working Group on Climate Change, Society of Behavioral Medicine


  • Climate Change
  • Behaviour
  • Communication
  • Sustainability
  • psychology


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