Senior Lecturer in Sustainability and Climate Change, University of Surrey

Dr Candice Howarth is a Senior Lecturer in Sustainability and Climate Change at the University of Surrey.

She has a PhD in climate communication and travel behaviour (University of Southampton), an MSc in Climate Change (University of East Anglia) and a BSc Meteorology (University of Reading). Her research focuses on perceptions of climate change, science communication, the science-policy interface and nexus-related decision making.

Candice is interested in how co-production of knowledge and climate communication can be used to better inform decision making in the context of sustainability challenges. Her research focuses on perceptions of climate change, science communication, the science-policy interface and nexus-related decision making and in particular her research explores the following questions:

How can sustainability and climate change communication positively affect pro-environmental behaviours?
How can responses to climate change and weather shocks be better informed?
How can we better engage the public and policy on climate change and sustainability challenges?
How can processes of co-production better inform decision making?
She has extensive expertise in designing and implementing innovative methods for collecting and analysing qualitative and quantitative data. Her PhD explored the role of climate messaging in overcoming perceived barriers to behaviour change and she has led research on a number of projects on science communication, co-production, practitioner evidence and the IPCC process, and nexus shocks.

She has worked in the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change, the Cabinet Office and the European Commission. She sits on the Royal Meteorological Society Climate Science Communication Group, is a member of the UCL Policy Commission on Communicating Climate Science and chairs the Nexus Shocks Network. She sits on the Editorial board of Environmental Communication and is a member of the International Environmental Communication Association, Public Communication of Science and Technology Network and the International Association of Public-Environment Studies

Experience

  • –present
    Senior Research Fellow, Climate Action & Cultural Systems , Anglia Ruskin University