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Recently Completed Research

Centre for Nanotechnology in Society at UC Santa Barbara (CNS-UCSB)
(October 2006 – August 2016)

Energy Biographies: Understanding the Dynamics of Energy Use for Energy Demand Reduction
(August 2011 – December 2015)

This research was funded through the ESRC and EPSRC through the ‘Energy and Communities collaborative venture’ as part of Research Council UK's (RCUK) Energy Programme.  This project involved qualitative longitudinal interviews and innovative multimodal methods to explore how we can understand everyday energy use in the context of people's personal biographies and anticipated futures. For further information see:

Public understanding of ocean acidification
(April 2013 – September 2016)

This NERC funded research project assesses the ways in which the British public perceives ocean acidification. Participants’ risk perceptions were examined in the context of their understanding of climate change, with an experimental component used to test different approaches to communicating ocean acidification.

Project eBRIDGE
(2013 – 2016)

eBRIDGE is an EU co-funded project that promotes new mobility concepts and services in Europe. It considers electric fleets to be important drivers of change in cities and wider urban areas of the near future. It encourages car users, mobility service providers, fleet managers and policy makers to change their behaviours and attitudes towards electric vehicles usage.

Public perceptions of climate change in the immediate aftermath of major national flooding
(June 2014 – June 2015)

This research project examined the effects of major flooding in the UK during 2013-2014 on public perceptions of climate change. The research looked at the experiences of people directly affected by flooding, comparing these with a national sample. We have also undertaken work intended to translate our findings into guidelines for communicating climate change in relation to extreme weather events.

Communicating climate change in the Pacific
(October – November 2014)

A smaller project which has entailed collaboration and fieldwork with Pacific researchers and artists in Fiji. We are interested in the motivations given, and techniques used, to communicate climate change to public audiences.

IAGP – Integrated Assessment of Geoengineering Proposals
(October 2010 – September 2014)

Transforming the UK Energy System – Public Values, Attitudes, and Acceptability
(2010 – 2014)

Current policy debates and energy scenarios for the UK highlight the different possible ways of transforming the energy system in order to meet long-term national policy goals, including those of building a low carbon economy, achieving energy security and affordability, and mitigating environmental impacts.  Greater understanding of public acceptability of whole energy system change will present both opportunities, and also highlight challenges, for the delivery of UK energy policy and transitions.  This research, part of the core UKERC phase II programme, had three empirical phases: interviews with key stakeholders, a series of six in-depth deliberative workshops held with publics in England, Scotland and Wales, and a nationally representative survey (Great Britain, N=2,441).