Dr Emily Cox

Research Associate

Research group:
Social and environmental psychology
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Research summary

I am a researcher in environmental policy and social psychology, with an interest in risk and resilience. I am currently employed as a Research Associate on a Leverhulme Trust project on the social acceptability of climate engineering. I completed my PhD from the University of Sussex on the topic of energy security in low-carbon electricity systems. I am interested in all aspects of low-carbon transitions, but particularly risk, public attitudes and behaviours, and energy policy, and I am involved in ongoing collaborations involving energy security, energy policy, and nuclear power. I previously worked as an interdisciplinary researcher for Oxford University, the Royal Academy of Engineering, and the energy utility E.ON, and I work occasionally as an event manager for Greenpeace.

Teaching summary

I am not currently teaching in my role at Cardiff. In my previous roles I taught Energy and Climate Policy for 4 years at Master’s level and for 2 years at Undergraduate level, and I worked for Teach First as a Key Stage 3 tutor. I also worked as a teacher trainer for PhD students and environmental NGOs.

Selected publications (2014 onwards)


Full list of publications


Media activities


Research topics and related papers

Sustainability and Society: The Leverhulme Centre for Climate Change Mitigation (LC3M)

We are conducting a 3-year project on public attitudes to Carbon Dioxide Removal technologies and Enhanced Weathering for carbon sequestration. We will be conducting a cross-national survey, a series of one-to-one expert interviews, and a series of focus groups with members of the public in the UK and the US, using deliberative methods to explore complex attitudes and motivations. We will also be working alongside biochemical and geochemical scientists to foster a multidisciplinary understanding of Enhanced Weathering techniques.

Other ongoing research topics include:

  • The ethics of climate mitigation and carbon dioxide removal
  • The energy impacts of non-energy policies
  • Energy security in low-carbon electricity systems
  • Risk in socio-technical transitions
  • The imperatives for nuclear power investment in the UK
  • The conflict and security impacts of decarbonisation
  • The role of the public in delivering the UK’s carbon targets


My current research project is funded by the Leverhulme Trust for Climate Change Mitigation.
My PhD was sponsored by a CASE award, jointly by EPSRC and E.ON Technologies UK.

Research group

I work as part of the Understanding Risk Research Group, which includes researchers from various disciplines and methodological backgrounds. The group has members from within Cardiff University and also works with institutions such as Nottingham University, Sheffield University and the University of East Anglia.

Undergraduate education

2006-2009: BSc International Relations (1st Class), University of Southampton

Postgraduate education

2010-2012: MSc Climate Change and Policy (Distinction), University of Sussex

2012-2016: PhD in Energy Policy, “Assessing the energy security of low-carbon electricity systems”. Supervised by Prof Jim Watson (UK Energy Research Centre), Dr Florian Kern (Sussex Energy Group) and Matt Copeland (E.ON Technologies UK).


October 2017 – present day: Research Associate, Understanding Risk Group, University of Cardiff

November 2016 – October 2017: events manager, Greenpeace UK

January 2015 – November 2016: Research Associate, School of Global Studies and Department of Business, Management and Economics, University of Sussex

January 2013 – September 2016: Associate Tutor, SPRU / Sussex Energy Group, University of Sussex

October 2014 – February 2016: Research intern, Oxford University Centre for the Environment

June 2014 – October 2014: Interim policy advisor, Royal Academy of Engineering

February 2014 – June 2014: Researcher (secondment), E.ON Technologies, Ratcliffe-on-Soar power station

March 2010 – September 2013: Area network co-ordinator, Greenpeace UK