I am a social scientist researching public understanding of climate change, and climate change communication. My background is in Psychology and I completed my PhD in 2012 on the ways in which people’s perspectives on climate change had (and had not) been changing over time in the UK. My work is primarily research-based, but I am increasingly interested in more creative and artistic approaches to addressing climate change. I am currently working on a project looking at how a range of practitioners – artists, scientists, campaigners and others – approach climate change communication.
I have previously worked with a theatre company in 2016 as an advisor to a play about climate change, which was performed at the Edinburgh Fringe, and have worked with Lola Perrin (founder of ClimateKeys) in generating wider public discussion on this subject. In a break from my usual no-fly policy, I also carried out some research in Fiji in 2014, looking at how visual artists there were interpreting and portraying the challenges of climate change for this small island nation. A paper on this came out in 2017.