I am a Reader in Environmental Psychology at the University of Bath and Deputy Director of the Centre for Climate Change and Social Transformations (CAST) leading theme 1 of the research programme, which investigates the feasibility and social desirability of low-carbon futures. My research speaks to early and meaningful public engagement with climate change and energy issues, and I am interested in the design and use of citizen assemblies on climate change. I recently completed a secondment with the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy as Net Zero Public Engagement Advisor.
My general research interests cover issues within risk perception and communication, specifically public engagement with complex socio-technical and environmental issues (e.g. climate change, energy transitions). My work is shaped by a strong interdisciplinary perspective and the utilisation of mixed-methods to investigate public acceptance of environmental risk issues.
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.