Centre for Climate Change Transformations (C3T)

Lead Research Organisation: Cardiff University
Department Name: Sch of Psychology

Abstract

The Centre for Climate Change Transformations (C3T) will be a global hub for understanding the profound changes required to address climate change. At its core, is a fundamental question of enormous social significance: how can we as a society live differently - and better - in ways that meet the urgent need for rapid and far-reaching emission reductions?

While there is now strong international momentum on action to tackle climate change, it is clear that critical targets (such as keeping global temperature rise to well within 2 degrees Celsius relative to pre-industrial levels) will be missed without fundamental transformations across all parts of society. C3T's aim is to advance society's understanding of how to transform lifestyles, organisations and social structures in order to achieve a low-carbon future, which is genuinely sustainable over the long-term.

Our Centre will focus on people as agents of transformation in four challenging areas of everyday life that impact directly on climate change but have proven stubbornly resistant to change: consumption of goods and physical products, food and diet, travel, and heating/cooling. We will work across multiple scales (individual, community, organisational, national and global) to identify and experiment with various routes to achieving lasting change in these challenging areas. In particular, we will test how far focussing on 'co-benefits' will accelerate the pace of change. Co-benefits are outcomes of value to individuals and society, over and above the benefits from reducing greenhouse gas emissions. These may include improved health and wellbeing, reduced waste, better air quality, greater social equality, security, and affordability, as well as increased ability to adapt and respond to future climate change. For example, low-carbon travel choices (such as cycling and car sharing) may bring health, social and financial benefits that are important for motivating behaviour and policy change. Likewise, aligning environmental and social with economic objectives is vital for behaviour and organisational change within businesses.

Our Research Themes recognise that transformative change requires: inspiring yet workable visions of the future (Theme 1); learning lessons from past and current societal shifts (Theme 2); experimenting with different models of social change (Theme 3); together with deep and sustained engagement with communities, business and governments, and a research culture that reflects our aims and promotes action (Theme 4).

Our Centre integrates academic knowledge from disciplines across the social and physical sciences with practical insights to generate widespread impact. Our team includes world-leading researchers with expertise in climate change behaviour, choices and governance. We will use a range of theories and research methods to fill key gaps in our understanding of transformation at different spatial and social scales, and show how to target interventions to impactful actions, groups and moments in time.

We will partner with practitioners (e.g., Climate Outreach, Greener-UK, China Centre for Climate Change Communication), policy-makers (e.g., Welsh Government) and companies (e.g., Anglian Water) to develop and test new ways of engaging with the public, governments and businesses in the UK and internationally. We will enhance citizens', organisations' and societal leaders' capacity to tackle climate change through various mechanisms, including secondments, citizens' panels, small-scale project funding, seminars, training, workshops, papers, blog posts and an interactive website. We will also experiment with transformations within academia itself, by trialling sustainable working practices (e.g., online workshops), being 'reflexive' (studying our own behaviour and its impacts on others), and making our outputs and data publically available.

Planned Impact

C3T has co-design and co-delivery at its core to ensure profound and wide-reaching impact. The Centre will engage with a range of relevant users from the private, public and third sectors, international bodies as well as citizens and communities. By working across scales, including rapidly developing countries whose emission trajectories are not yet fixed, the potential for impact on carbon outcomes will be maximised. Beneficiaries include individuals and organisations for whom climate change is already a key concern, and also for whom it is not yet significant but will become so as new policies are adopted. Indeed, a key focus for the Centre is on whether wider society can be engaged in climate change action through exploiting co-benefits (e.g., health, poverty alleviation). There are four non-academic groups of beneficiaries:

1. International and UK government departments (e.g. BEIS, Defra, DoH, DfT), devolved Welsh and Scottish administrations and local authorities (e.g. Manchester/Cardiff Councils) responsible for meeting climate change targets and SDGs via policies and engagement, especially those working on the challenging areas of consumption, diet, mobility and comfort. The UK Committee on Climate Change is another key stakeholder, responsible for providing analysis to guide policy-making. These actors will benefit from C3T's insights into how to achieve low-carbon, sustainable transformation through effective policies and interventions.
2. Third-sector organisations whose goals include addressing climate change in the challenging areas of consumption, diet, mobility and comfort (e.g. Greener-UK, WRAP). They will benefit from C3T findings on effective communication and intervention design to engage diverse societal groups.
3. Private-sector organisations (e.g. Anglian Water, Wates Group) who require decision-support tools and analysis to respond to climate change, where possible realising co-benefits (e.g., reducing energy consumption, developing markets for new services). C3T will directly test mechanisms for engaging employees, customers and stakeholders to reduce emissions and maximise economic and other co-benefits.
4. Communities and publics in the UK and beyond will benefit by being given new opportunities to share their values and visions for the future to achieve beneficial lifestyle changes and policies to reduce emissions.

C3T will deliver impact through ten pathways, further detailed in the Pathways to Impact document:
1. Practical interventions will draw on public engagement work and be co-produced with communities and organisations across sectors and scales.
2. Two-way secondments between the Centre and private, public and third-sector organisations will allow for knowledge exchange and co-production, and experience in transformative change.
3. Competitive seedcorn funding will allow stakeholders and Centre staff to work together to trial transformative initiatives in collaboration, enabling stakeholder capacity building and fostering innovation.
4. Accessible and tailored policy briefings will be produced for a range of stakeholder audiences, timed to coincide with key policy events such as the release of the next IPCC Assessment Report and the annual UNFCCC meetings.
5. C3T staff will feed Centre findings into policy decision-making through their advisory roles and responses to policy consultations.
6. Policy dissemination events will be convened in the UK, China and Brazil, and online, to help shape effective climate change policy-making at national and city levels.
7. Impact-oriented stakeholder workshops will be delivered on consumption, diet, mobility , comfort, and two cross-cutting themes.
8. Citizens' panels will be established to provide iterative critical feedback and reflection.
9. An interactive website will contain a data portal hosting Centre outputs in an accessible way.
10. A high-level, cross-sectoral Advisory Board will ensure two-way engagement and knowledge exchange.
 
Description In September 2019, we published initial findings from a survey of the UK public on their response to the climate emergency. We showed, for the first time, not only that the public is more concerned than in the past, but also that they do largely accept climate change is an urgent issue, support UK Parliament's declaration of a climate emergency, and accept the need for lifestyle change (eating less meat and flying less). This work has been widely reported in media and is being used to develop further research.
Exploitation Route This is being used in our research, but will also support decision-makers in policy, industry and civic society to develop ambitious net zero proposals.
Sectors Government, Democracy and Justice

 
Description Communicating climate change conference
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact Event was attended mainly by professionals working on sustainability and occupational psychologists. Upskilled workforce regarding climate change communication in ways that are engaging and appropriate for the commercial sector. Event was not evaluated.
 
Description European Congress of Psychology, Moscow
Geographic Reach Europe 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact Upskilled the workforce regarding links between sustainable choices and wellbeing. The symposium as a whole attracted the attention of the Russian Psychological Society, where environmental psychology is less well-known.Event was not evaluated.
 
Description Wales Climate Change Conference
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact Welsh Government conference attended by members of the government, business and the third sector. Upskilled the workforce regarding the role of behaviour change. Event was not evaluated.
 
Description We need health warning labels on points of sale of fossil fuels
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
Impact Our article in the British Medical Journal argues we need health warnings on fuel pumps, energy bills and airline tickets because of the air quality and climate change impacts of fossil fuels. This recommendation has now been taken up by leaders in Cambridge, Massachusetts, who have just passed a law requiring that any fossil fuel pumps carry 'a clear warning label explaining that burning gasoline, diesel and ethanol has major consequences on human health and on the environment, including contributing to climate change.' Welsh Government is also considering this.
URL https://emagazine.com/pumping-gas-hazardous-to-your-health-and-the-planet/
 
Description Moments of Change as Opportunities to Intervene to Promote Healthy, Sustainable Food Choices 
Organisation Food Standards Agency (FSA)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Provide expertise to conduct literature review.
Collaborator Contribution Not applicable.
Impact 5,000 word report, plus Executive Summary, to identify which 'moments' of change' are likely to trigger changes in eating habits and in what way. In particular, there will be a focus on examining how safe, healthy and sustainable food behaviours are influenced by a change in circumstances.
Start Year 2020
 
Description #CASTsnapshots: discussing the UK FIRES Absolute Zero report 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A short video created to quickly and easily introduce the public audience to the Centre and the team, while responding quickly to news, events and publications.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HDELWNZL9Hg
 
Description #CASTsnapshots: discussing the UK's first Climate Assembly 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A short video created to quickly and easily introduce the public audience to the Centre and the team, while responding quickly to news, events and publications.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MVDfRAeqxY8
 
Description After Brexit Day: Reflections on the paths ahead 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Blog post written with the aim to provide expert knowledge on how Brexit affects the environment in order to seize opportunities and mitigate risks posed by Brexit.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.brexitenvironment.co.uk/2020/02/05/brexit-day-reflections/
 
Description All Wales Youth Climate and Heritage Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Centre took part in this event as a member of the Expert Jury. Throughout the weekend the young people researched and worked in groups to present different climate solutions such as carbon capture and storage or community energy.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://twitter.com/CardiffYC/status/1216322929971146752?s=09
 
Description BBC 5 o'clock news 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Centre Director interviewed on David Attenborough's 'climate crisis moment' statement.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description BBC Look East 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Interviewed live / in studio for BBC Look East on environmentally friendly behaviours.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description BBC Radio Wales 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Interviewed by BBC Radio Wales following press release on Centre launch and outcomes of poll (conducted by YouGov for the Centre).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description BBC Radio Wales Drive 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Interviewed by BBC Radio Wales Drive about behaviour change to address climate change.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description BITC roundtable: environmental behaviour change 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Prof Whitmarsh, as Director of the Centre for Climate Change and Social Transformations (CAST), was invited to discuss how businesses can change behaviours to bring about positive environmental change.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://twitter.com/BITCCymru/status/1224269680451444736
 
Description Bristol Advisory Committee on Climate Change 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Prof Whitmarsh was invited to join the Committee in her capacity as Director of the Centre for Climate Change and Social Transformations (CAST), in addition to her expertise in climate change engagement and behaviour change.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.bristolonecity.com/bringing-a-wealth-of-expertise-to-bristols-net-zero-2030-ambition/
 
Description British Environmental Psychology Society Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Introduction of the Centre's aims to conference attendees. Sparked questions and discussion afterwards.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description CAST launch event 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 104 people attended the CAST launch event to find out more about it, and 11 news outlets picked up the Centre's press release, including the BBC, the Ecologist, New Scientist, the Huffington Post, Good Morning Wales and Vice. The Centre's social media saw an impressive peak of engagement.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Calls for fewer Birmingham Airport flights and less meat in bid to tackle climate change (Birmingham Live) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Press release on Centre launch and outcomes of poll (conducted by YouGov for the Centre) picked up by Birmingham Live.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/calls-fewer-birmingham-airport-flights-16933202
 
Description Calls for fewer Birmingham Airport flights and less meat in bid to tackle climate change (MSN) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Press release on Centre launch and outcomes of poll (conducted by YouGov for the Centre) picked up by MSN.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/newsbirmingham/calls-for-fewer-birmingham-airport-flights-and-less-me...
 
Description Climate change - is there still hope and what can you do to help? (ITV Wales) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Centre Director filmed and interviewed about risks of climate change to people across the globe, and outlined what people can do to help tackle climate change.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.itv.com/news/wales/2019-09-03/climate-change-is-there-still-hope-and-what-can-you-do-to-...
 
Description Climate change poll: Would you stop flying to lower your CO2 emissions? (Express) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Press release on Centre launch and outcomes of poll (conducted by YouGov for the Centre) picked up by the Express.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.express.co.uk/news/science/1181245/Climate-change-poll-stop-flying-lower-emissions-CO2-c...
 
Description Climate change: Citizens' assembly prepares to tackle climate change 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Prof Lorraine Whitmarsh, Director of the Centre for Climate Change and Social Transformations (CAST) and one of the Expert Leads for the UK citizens' assembly on climate change, is quoted about her involvement.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-51111796
 
Description Climate hustings at Cardiff University 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Two weeks prior to the general election, students from Cardiff Extinction Rebellion organised a hustings. Candidates from Labour, Lib Dems, Greens and Plaid Cymru and a student from the Conservative society spoke about their party's commitments on climate change and the environment. A panel of six academic staff then gave their appraisal of the party's manifestos, followed by Q&A from the audience. Issues discussed included the scale of ambition of policy proposals, the extent to which parties recognised the need for transformative approaches, and the role for public participation in future changes.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Climate scientist or climate activist - where's the line? (Physics World) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Centre Director quoted on neutrality of scientists.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://physicsworld.com/a/climate-scientist-or-climate-activist-wheres-the-line/
 
Description Cowbridge Comprehensive Careers Day 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Talk was given at this event as the school is interested in developing a whole-school strategy to assist in mitigating the impact of climate change. Researcher reported School is very keen to build a relationship with the Centre. School reported many positive responses, and that they had been able to raise funds for the Eco Committee.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description ESRC Festival of Social Sciences 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Attended Festival to promote social sciences research. Centre attended to promote research and to discuss carbon emissions associated with food.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description EU Eastern partnership: workshop on climate change education, awareness & behaviour 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Workshop's aim was to encourage climate change awareness and action in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. Provided an expert session by giving a talk on academic insights on climate change awareness and communication. No access to event evaluation.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://ec.europa.eu/clima/events/workshop-climate-change-education-awareness-behaviour_en
 
Description Engaging the public on climate change: Citizen juries and assemblies 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Created network of contacts across the public sector and academia to share learning about public engagement with climate change and the role of citizens' assemblies. The Centre for Climate Change and Social Transformations (CAST) launched its third briefing paper and pre-launched its seedcorn funding.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/engaging-the-public-on-climate-change-citizen-juries-and-assemblies-t...
 
Description Environment agency - thought leadership 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Invited to present at Environment Agency's 'thought leadership' workshop, discussing how insights from psychology and sociology might be used to challenge assumptions and develop initiatives in their new collaborative strategy. Presented an introduction to the Centre, emphasising the need for multi-scalar action and rich collaborative activity to transform lifestyles and systems of governance for a sustainable, low-carbon future. A summary of various behavioural change projects and case studies provided clarity on the sorts of initiatives needed to enable effective individual action on climate change, and the role that the Environment Agency might have in fostering these initiatives.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description FSA symposium of social science 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Food Standards Agency and other Government departments, stakeholders from academia, business and NGOs attended this event. Provided expertise in the role of behaviour change in relation to climate change.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.food.gov.uk/news-alerts/news/fsa-social-science-symposium-centres-on-food-innovation-and...
 
Description First Campus Debate Day 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Took part in a Debate Day organised by National Museum Wales in partnership with First Campus. 120 key stage four pupils from schools in deprived areas took part in a debate around individual and collective action on climate change.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Fit for future network workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 25 people from a range of different National Trust teams attended this event. Provided expertise regarding the role of behaviour change in relation to climate change.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Five year environment plan implementation forum 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Greater Manchester's Five-Year Environment Plan, sets out Greater Manchester Combined Authority's long-term environmental vision and the steps needed to achieve the target of becoming carbon neutral by 2038. Academic expertise provided by the Centre.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019,2020
 
Description Frequent flyers must curb emissions, say public (The Ecologist) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Press release on Centre launch and outcomes of poll (conducted by YouGov for the Centre) picked up by the Ecologist.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://theecologist.org/2019/sep/18/frequent-flyers-must-curb-emissions-say-public
 
Description Getting the timing right is vital if we are to change travel habits 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Blog post written to provide evidence that promoting co-benefits is more likely to motivate individuals and organisations to change their practices to become low-carbon.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.sustrans.org.uk/our-blog/opinion/2019/november/getting-the-timing-right-is-vital-if-we-a...
 
Description Good morning Wales 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Interview with Centre Director following press release on Centre launch and outcomes of poll (conducted by YouGov for the Centre).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Greta Thunberg support climate change centre (BBC News) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Climate change activist Greta Thunberg publicly praises the Centre.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-49730051
 
Description House of Commons Select Committee 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact In order to provide academic expertise, delivered session on public engagement and climate communication.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description House of Lords, EU Energy and Environment Sub-Committee 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Private briefing to the House of Lords, EU Energy and Environment Sub-Committee on the topic of 'Brexit and the Environment'.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description How can banks and investors best support a just transition in Wales? 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The purpose of this event was to create a network of interested groups across the public, private and third sectors who are interested in financing a just transition on climate change. There was Welsh Government presence, who are keen to incorporate findings from the workshop into policy.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description ITV Wales Sharp End 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Dr Stuart Capstick, as Associate Director for the Centre for Climate Change and Social Transformations (CAST), was interviewed about what has happened since the Welsh Government declare a climate emergency.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.itv.com/walesprogrammes/sharp-end/sharp-end-january-20th
 
Description International Conference on Environmental Psychology 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Introduced the Centre for Climate Change and Social Transformations (CAST) to the research community, which attracted lots of interest and sparked interesting discussions around transforming lifestyles and interdisciplinary research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Launch of Cardiff Council's Transport Plan 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Prof Lorraine Whitmarsh, as Director of the Centre for Climate Change and Social Transformations (CAST) was invited to be part of the panel, and welcomed the Transport Plan which would cut emissions in the city.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-51108586
 
Description Letter makes plea to rich over climate 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Prof Lorraine Whitmarsh, as Director of the Centre for Climate Change and Social Transformations (CAST), named as signatory on a letter written by a group of scientists to the top 100 wealthiest charitable bodies and families to request funding.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-48357351
 
Description Living in a society beyond oil 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Members of the Centre for Climate and Energy Transformation at the University of Bergen and the Centre for Environment & Development Studies at the University of Uppsala attended this conference, where the Director of the Centre for Climate Change and Social Transformations (CAST) gave a keynote speech to provide expertise on behaviour change in relation to climate change.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.uib.no/en/cet/123851/beyond-oil-2019-deep-and-rapid-transformations#thursday-17th-of-oct...
 
Description Ministers doing little towards 2050 emissions target, say top scientists (The Guardian) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Quotes from two members of the Centre for Climate Change and Social Transformations (CAST) to express concern that little has so far been forthcoming from ministers to achieve the net zero goal.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/jan/24/ministers-doing-little-to-achieve-2050-emissions...
 
Description Ministers doing little towards 2050 emissions target, say top scientists (Yahoo News) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Quotes from two members of the Centre for Climate Change and Social Transformations (CAST) to express concern that little has so far been forthcoming from ministers to achieve the net zero goal.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://uk.news.yahoo.com/ministers-doing-little-towards-2050-183811135.html?guccounter=1
 
Description Most people in the UK back limits on flying to tackle climate change (New Scientist) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Press release on Centre launch and outcomes of poll (conducted by YouGov for the Centre) picked up by New Scientist.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://institutions.newscientist.com/article/2216743-most-people-in-the-uk-back-limits-on-flying-to...
 
Description Moving towards low-carbon lifestyles: a question of collective action 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Blog post written to highlight what individuals can do to talk climate change. Written in preparation for the upcoming ICTA-UAB International Conference on Low-Carbon Lifestyle Changes that will take place from May 6-8 2020 in Barcelona.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.cusp.ac.uk/themes/s1/blog-jf-lw-ad-icta2020/
 
Description New £5m research Centre highlights world-leading GW4 climate change expertise 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Blog post to cover launch of the Centre for Climate Change and Social Transformations (CAST), including how it ties into GW4's key research priority areas.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://gw4.ac.uk/opinion/new-5m-research-centre-highlights-world-leading-gw4-climate-change-experti...
 
Description Oxford City Council Citizens' Assembly 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Supported Oxford City Council on its Climate Change Citizens' Assembly. Provided expertise on the design, and climate communication to wider city stakeholders.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019,2020
 
Description Parliamentary Committee Office 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Private briefing to the Parliamentary Committee Office on the topic of new trade agreements.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Policy forum for Wales: energy policy in Wales and enabling the transition to a low carbon economy 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Prof Lorraine Whitmarsh as Director of the Centre for Climate Change and Social Transformations (CAST) provided expertise on making changes in everyday life to tackle climate change.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.policyforumforwales.co.uk/publication/energy-policy-in-Wales-19
 
Description SMF-ESRC: ask the expert 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Invited to speak to outline our research into how carefully-considered policies that advocate behavioural changes give cause for optimism in the fight to combat climate change.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL http://www.smf.co.uk/events/ask-expert-can-policymakers-encourage-public-engagement-climate-change-s...
 
Description SYNIAD competition 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact As part of Global Entrepreneur Week, the Centre supported Cardiff University's SYNIAD contest. Cardiff University students were invited to pitch an idea that could create lasting change in one of the Centre's four challenging areas.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://cardiff.simplydo.co.uk/challenges/5d67baf4c290900007824ffc
 
Description Social Research Association: annual conference 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Prof Lorraine Whitmarsh, in her role as Director of the Centre for Climate Change and Social Transformations (CAST), spoke about the need to work beyond traditional research boundaries to tackle climate change.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://the-sra.org.uk/SRAConference2019/Welcome/SRAConference2019/Welcome.aspx
 
Description South East Wales Transport Commission 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Prof Lorraine Whitmarsh, as Director of the Centre for Climate Change and Social Transformations, provided expertise and evidence on how to reduce congestion on the M4.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Talking climate at Glastonbury Festival 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A talk was given at the Speakers Forum at Glastonbury Festival, specifically relating to work with Greater Manchester on developing climate change policy and the potential of a co-benefits approach to open up new potential interventions. The co-benefits framing resonated with attendees, evidenced by the questions and discussion which arose. Issues around climate change were also evidenced on the Pyramid stage at the Festival, with band Years&Years talking about climate change in their speech on equality and David Attenborough trailing his new BBC series.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description The General Election result was abundantly clear: now we await the detail 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Blog post written with the aim to provide expert knowledge on how Brexit affects the environment in order to seize opportunities and mitigate risks posed by Brexit.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.brexitenvironment.co.uk/2019/12/13/six-unanswered-questions-update/
 
Description The election manifestos and the environment: six unanswered questions 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Blog post written with the aim to provide expert knowledge on how Brexit affects the environment in order to seize opportunities and mitigate risks posed by Brexit.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.brexitenvironment.co.uk/2019/11/27/manifestos-six-unanswered-questions/
 
Description Third Heathrow runway at odds with carbon-neutral target (The Times) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Quotes from two members of the Centre for Climate Change and Social Transformations (CAST) to express concern that little has so far been forthcoming from ministers to achieve the net zero goal.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/third-heathrow-runway-at-odds-with-carbon-neutral-target-8v5lfpkq...
 
Description Thrive Renewables: annual general meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Prof Lorraine Whitmarsh was invited to speak in her capacity as the Director of the Centre for Climate Change and Social Transformations (CAST) about lifestyle changes we can make to help tackle climate change.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://twitter.com/Thrive_R/status/1139892296588189696
 
Description Tortoise on the road: what can this generation do about global warming? 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Attend a forum, modelled on a 'leader conference' to provide expertise on climate change. Forum co-hosted with Dr. Aaron Thierry, earth-scientist, climate change campaigner and Extinction Rebellion activist, Anthony Slaughter, Leader of the Wales Green Party.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://members.tortoisemedia.com/thinkin/tortoise-on-the-road-university-of-cardiff-what-can-this-g...
 
Description Two Thirds Believe We Should Stop Air Travel To Tackle Climate Change (Huffington Post) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Press release on Centre launch and outcomes of poll (conducted by YouGov for the Centre) picked up by Huffington Post.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/two-thirds-believe-we-should-stop-air-travel-to-tackle-climat...
 
Description Two-thirds of people support limiting air travel to tackle climate change (Mirage News) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Press release on Centre launch and outcomes of poll (conducted by YouGov for the Centre) picked up by Mirage News.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.miragenews.com/two-thirds-of-people-support-limiting-air-travel-to-tackle-climate-change...
 
Description UK Committee on Climate Change 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Two members of the Centre for Climate Change and Social Transformations provided expertise on climate change engagement and behaviour change.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description UK ministers doing little towards 2050 emissions target, say top scientists (Iran Daily) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Quotes from two members of the Centre for Climate Change and Social Transformations (CAST) to express concern that little has so far been forthcoming from ministers to achieve the net zero goal.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL http://www.iran-daily.com/News/264825.html
 
Description We analysed the polls: this is what the UK thinks of the climate crisis (VICE) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Press release on Centre launch and outcomes of poll (conducted by YouGov for the Centre) picked up by VICE.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.vice.com/en_uk/article/xweaqz/uk-climate-crisis-opinion-poll
 
Description Webinar Institute of Directors 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Invited to speak at the Institute of Directors on climate change leadership. Used Centre research on public perceptions of climate emergency to inform discussions about the need for urgent actions.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Will 30p plastic bags end our habit for good - or is it time for more extreme measures? 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Prof Lorraine Whitmarsh, as Director of the Centre for Climate Change and Social Transformations (CAST) is quoted on nudging people to make more environmentally friendly choices through economic measures may not have a wider impact.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.theguardian.com/environment/shortcuts/2019/aug/21/30p-plastic-bags-time-for-more-extreme...
 
Description ZQH - the Enlightenment café 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The Centre took part in a theatre production called ZOH created by Enlightenment Café, a theatre company that 'combines the beauty of science with the power of performance.'

The show used the UN's Millennium Ecosystem Assessment and the Independent Futures Forum's World Game, providing audiences with a glimpse into the lives of climate witnesses in 2019 and 2050. In the second half of the production, the future of humanity was placed in the hands of the audience as they joined a team responsible for one of twelve research topics such as habitat, governance, water, and trade. Each team was supported by an expert, with Dr Stuart Capstick leading the climate team and organisations including Greenpeace, UCL, Buglife, and the Francis Crick Institute leading other research groups.

The performance took place twice; once for GCSE students and once for a general public audience.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL http://www.enlightenmentcafe.co.uk/2019/10/18/zoi/