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The Team

We’re a team of social scientists and communications specialists passionate about building a strong social mandate for climate action, by placing people at the heart of tackling this global issue.

Our core team is supported by dedicated trustees and associates as well as a research advisory board. We’re based in the UK but work with partners worldwide.

Core Team


Jamie Clarke

Executive Director

Jamie has led Climate Outreach since 2013, steering its growth into an internationally acclaimed organisation. As a values-based leader, he  provides strategic direction with an empathetic management approach and has extensive governance experience. He is a proven international speaker and considered writer who feels as comfortable addressing the UNFCCC as co-authoring books such as Talking ClimateIn his studies as a social scientist, he focused on the crossover of societal and environmental issues. Undertaking extensive research in the Pantanal region of Brazil crystalised his understanding of this crossover and the importance of applying research to change processes.  

Passionate about widening engagement with climate change, he has previously worked for advocacy organisations including Amnesty International UK and Practical Action. In these roles he saw how difficult it is for many people to connect with climate change narratives, and how this often underpins apathy and opposition.  Determined to address this and the largely under-recognised role that the wider public has in tackling climate change, he led a successful youth outreach programme that targeted students studying vocational courses. Jamie lived for many years on a canal boat but now lives in a house in Oxford with his family and is rarely off a bicycle.

Dr Amiera Sawas

Director of Programmes and Research

Amiera Sawas joined Climate Outreach in 2021 as Director of Programmes and Research. She is responsible for overseeing the programmatic and research implementation of the organisation’s strategy. Amiera has diverse experience in climate, environment and development research and programming work, across the private, non-governmental and academic sectors. This has taken her to various countries including Sweden, Pakistan, Jordan and Kenya. As a result, she’s really passionate about the potential of bringing diverse stakeholders together to combat climate change and set an inclusive vision for our collective future.

Amiera has a PhD in Human Geography, a Masters in Global Politics and a Bachelors in Psychology. She is terrible at languages but has managed to hone a good grasp of French, as well as some basic Urdu. She is currently making her Syrian family proud by finally dedicating time to learning Arabic. In her spare time she can be found dancing samba, listening to hip hop and endlessly watching true crime documentaries.

Noora Firaq

Operations Director

Noora, Operations Director, leads on implementing our organisational strategy and makes it real. She works closely with Jamie and Adam in defining the long-term financial planning and business strategy of Climate Outreach. After Business and Law School, she started her career at Financial Ombudsman Service and there she discovered the value of operational management. She has worked in charities, co-operatives, ethical finance with a focus in organisational management and transformation. 

Her love for coral reefs inspired her to work in the climate change sector. She is passionate about making her contribution to building a social mandate around climate change by using her professional skills to help her team be the best at what they do. She is always looking for innovative ways of working to help her team. Noora is from the Maldives and her childhood was split between the Maldives and Sri Lanka. Her first language is Dhivehi and she tries hard not to forget her Sinhalese! In her free time, she loves to spend time with her friends, read and go for walks.

George Marshall

Founding Director

George has 30 years experience at all levels of communications and advocacy – from community level protest movements, to senior positions in Greenpeace and the Rainforest Foundation, to advisory roles for governments, businesses and international agencies. He is an award winning documentary maker and writes regularly on climate change issues including articles for The Guardian, The New Statesman, New Scientist and The Ecologist.

He has written two books: Carbon Detox (Hamlyn Gaia, 2010) which addresses personal behaviour, and Don’t Even Think About It: Why our Brains are Wired to Ignore Climate Change (Bloomsbury US, 2014), written for a general public audience on the psychology of climate change. Click here for more information about George.

Siri Pantzar

Executive Assistant

Siri joined Climate Outreach in September 2020. As Executive Assistant she helps the organization run smoothly, through organising meetings, developing systems, and supporting the charity governance.  Siri’s background is in working with young and growing charities, helping them thrive and work effectively towards their mission; she spent the last two and a half years working with SHRUB Cooperative, a community zero-waste charity in Edinburgh, and she is also a Trustee of Wellbeing Economy Alliance Scotland. Prior to engaging with climate action Siri worked in the Oil & Gas sector, engaging with offshore oil workers; this sparked her passion for Just Transition work and inclusive approaches to climate change mitigation and adaptation. 

Siri has a Masters’ Degree in Global Environment, Politics and Society from the University of Edinburgh. She is originally from Finland but is also at home in Scotland where she has spent most of her adult life. In her free time, Siri enjoys the outdoors; she also loves learning new things, from programming to juggling and acrobatics.

Alex Randall

Senior Programme Lead: Communities

Alex manages the Climate Change and Migration Coalition – an alliance that exists to challenge the lack of long-term strategies to support and protect people at risk of displacement linked to environmental change. Before joining Climate Outreach, he worked at the Centre for Alternative Technology. He has also worked for the Public Interest Research Centre on their Values and Frames project. He co-founded Cheat Neutral, a spoof offsetting company, and UN Fair Play, an organisation that works with small island states at international climate change negotiations.

Dr Christopher Shaw

Senior Programme Lead: Research

Chris has been with Climate Outreach’s research team since 2015. In that role, he has been focused on ensuring climate communication practice is informed by a robust and up-to-date evidence base, combining new research with the existing literature to provide communicators with accessible resources to support their work. Chris’s work has been driven by a belief that successful climate policies are those policies that are shaped by the voices, concerns and aspirations of the people who live their lives outside of the policy and campaigning bubble. Chris completed his doctoral thesis as a mature student in 2011 at the University of Sussex, on the communication of climate risk, a theme he continues to publish on. 

In his previous lives Chris worked as a Geography teacher and then in marketing, always with the ultimate aim of learning how to engage people with climate change risks. Between completing his doctoral studies and starting work at Climate Outreach, Chris held research posts at the University of Sussex and the University of Oxford. Outside of office hours Chris can normally be found either smashing his tennis racket on the ground in frustration at yet another defeat, or wandering aimlessly on the South Downs and blaming inaccurate Ordnance Survey maps for being lost.

Dr Roz Pidcock

Senior Programme Lead: Science Communication

Roz leads the Science Communicators programme at Climate Outreach. She started life as a scientist, gaining a PhD in oceanography from Southampton University, but quickly realised that thinking, talking and writing about science appealed to her more. Before coming to Climate Outreach in January 2019, Roz worked at the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) as Head of Communications for Working Group I (physical science). Before that, she was Deputy Editor at the climate change news and analysis website, Carbon Brief.

Her professional interests are supporting climate experts to talk with different audiences about their work, enhancing public engagement with climate change, and promoting the role of scientific evidence in policy-making and public discourse. Her personal ones are running, the outdoors, her family, her dog and being on/in/near the sea (among other things and not necessarily in that order). She is from London but now lives in Chichester, via time spent living in Southampton and London again. 

Robin Webster

Senior Programme Lead: Advocacy Communications

Robin leads the Advocacy Communications programme for Climate Outreach, focusing on providing civil society campaigners with knowledge, tools and research to help them engage all sorts of people on climate change. She loves working with campaigners for their resilience and positivity even when facing up to the world’s biggest challenge. She has been knocking around the environmental world for twenty years as a researcher, journalist and campaigner, first becoming interested in the disconnect between political debate about climate change and how we talk about it in real life whilst working as campaigner for Friends of the Earth. She helped to start up Carbon Brief when it began life as a climate science and energy blog and has spent more time than is healthy digging into the intricacies of climate policy, including as a researcher for the European Climate Foundation. 

Robin has a Masters in Conservation from UCL and an undergraduate degree in Biology. She is the author of Climate Outreach’s #TalkingClimate handbook amongst many others, and has lived in the UK, USA, Uganda and Austria. In her spare time Robin hikes, swims, cycles and teaches and plays at comedy improv, which she thinks is the best art form in the world.

Toby Smith

Senior Programme Lead: Visuals and Media

Toby is the Visuals and Media Programme Lead, with a strategic goal of expanding our presence, influence and impact in the visual and media sectors. He joins us with over 12 years experience as an award-winning environmental photographer who focuses on building innovative and global stories through collaboration and publication in leading editorial outlets.  

Toby graduated with a Masters in Photography from London College of Communication in 2008 after spending 2 years working across Africa utilising his bachelors degree in Zoology and Environmental Science. He is an Associate Scholar of the University of Cambridge Conservation Research Institute and lives near Stroud with his wife and son.

Deepayan Basu Ray

Climate Engagement Initiative Campaign Lead

Deep is the Climate Engagement Initiative Campaign Lead at Climate Outreach. He works with governments and international bodies to increase recognition of public engagement as a key component in addressing climate change and meeting the goals of the Paris Agreement.

Deep has worked for 15 years in international and regional forums on arms control and sustainable development; working with civil society and parliamentarians to support more inclusive treaty and policy development processes. Prior to joining Climate Outreach, Deep worked with Pacific Island and Southeast Asian countries to strengthen their national systems, laws and legislation to ensure compliance with a range of UN treaties and agreements. He also established and led the Arms Trade Treaty Monitor project – a civil society initiative to strengthen compliance with the UN Arms Trade Treaty.

Deep holds an MA in International Relations (Sussex University) and a BA in Political Science and Environmental Studies (York University, Canada). He is fluent in Bengali, English, and Hindi. In his spare time he can be found singing, rustling up Indian feasts, and taking his ice hockey fantasy league  ‘commissioner’ duties far too seriously.

Dr Susie Wang

Researcher

Susie is a Researcher at Climate Outreach, and is responsible for the design, execution and delivery of quantitative and qualitative social science research on a range of projects. She has a background in environmental and social psychology, and comes to Climate Outreach after completing a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Groningen, in the Netherlands, and her PhD at the University of Western Australia. 

Growing up in Australia, Susie was figuring out what to do with her life in the confusing context of the country’s acute vulnerability to climate change (extreme heat, bushfires, and drought) and politically polarised landscape of climate delay and denial.  For this reason, Susie is interested in the factors that lead people to feel close to climate change, particularly the role of emotions, identity and social connections. Her work spans climate change communications, imagery, pro-environmental behaviours, neuroscience, and behavioural economics. Aside from English, Susie also speaks Mandarin, and is attempting to learn Dutch. She is based in the Netherlands, where she enjoys making art, climbing rocks, and growing food in her backyard.

Briony Latter

Research Assistant

Briony is currently working as a Research Assistant at Climate Outreach as part of her PhD at the Centre for Climate Change and Social Transformations. Briony holds an MA in Climate Change: History, Culture, Society where she researched climate change communication and engagement with the older generation in England.

She has a background in the creative industry, having worked as a retoucher and photographer after completing a BA in Photography & Video and an Art & Design foundation course. Briony also worked in communications and is currently a communications volunteer at Hope for the Future and Friends of the Earth Cymru. Outside of work Briony can usually be found hiking, running (sometimes on the fells), reading or baking. She is currently learning Swedish.

Jenny Gellatly

Advocacy Communications Coordinator and Assistant Researcher

Jenny is coordinator and assistant researcher for our Advocacy Communications work, focusing on providing civil society campaigners with knowledge and tools to help them engage diverse people on climate change. She has over fifteen years’ experience working in the community, environmental, and arts sectors, specialising in designing, managing and delivering projects and processes that facilitate dialogue, exchange and action around ecological and social challenges.  She is co-founder of School Farm Community Supported Agriculture, where she spent 6 years as the Education and Outreach Coordinator.  Prior to working at Climate Outreach she worked as a Creative Associate and Project Manager with arts organisation, Encounters, and as the Coordinator of Transition Town Totnes, a charity focused on collective action to radically reduce energy and material use and build community resilience.

Jenny studied Environmental Geography and International Development at the University of East Anglia, leading to an interest in human scale development and post development approaches.  In her spare time, she loves to read, spend time outdoors, organise with others, and to explore new stories we could live by.

Kat Wilcox

Fundraising Lead

Kat joined Climate Outreach in March 2020, as the Fundraising Lead. She manages the relationships with our wonderful philanthropic donor and overseas individual giving and academic grants. She says that she ‘fell into’ fundraising as she looked for any role in the development sector, but quickly came to love it because of the privileged position it inhabits between all the techy know-how for creating positive change and all the brilliant people who want to support that change.
Kat studied Environmental Management at Cardiff University before going on to work at the Natural History Museum and then moving into the NGO sector with Christian Aid, SNV and WWF. She has worked in Tanzania, the Philippines, the Palestinian Territories, Mali, most recently spending 5 years in Vietnam. She can speak quite a few languages really poorly. Outside of work, Kat enjoys walking her dog and dragging her children around the New Forest, where she is currently based.

Joel Silver

Partnerships Lead

Joel joined Climate Outreach in February 2019 as the organisation’s first Partnerships Manager, dedicated to building and managing amazing relationships with partners, clients and external organisations. He believes that partnership and collaboration between like-minded people and organisations are of vital importance to achieving large scale behaviour and societal change.  Joel studied Human Geography at Royal Holloway, University of London and the University of Ottawa in Canada.

He brings with him experience in fundraising, marketing and stakeholder engagement, having previously worked as Account Manager at The Drinkaware Trust, where he was a key player in the nationwide rollout of a pioneering training scheme to protect young people and prevent sexual harassment in bars and nightclubs. Joel is an Oxford-native with an encyclopedic knowledge of the city’s best eating and drinking spots. Out of working hours, you can find him brewing and sampling beer, experimenting with ice cream flavours and recording podcasts.

Léane de Laigue

Communications Lead

Léane leads on disseminating our insights and resources in a way that creates the biggest impact possible. She started her career as a Marketing Manager for Johnson & Johnson, before deciding to become a history teacher. She was asked to teach an Environmental Studies class without any previous experience in the subject, and learning and talking about climate change with her students completely changed her worldview. She has since dedicated herself to public engagement with climate change, working for the David Suzuki Foundation and now Climate Outreach.

Léane’s life has been evenly split between Canada, France, the UK and the US, with a bit of time in Hong Kong and Argentina. She is a native speaker of English and French, speaks Spanish and is currently learning Mandarin. She holds a Master’s degree in Environment and Management (Canada) and an MBA (US) as well as undergraduate degrees in Education (Canada) and Humanities (France). In her spare time she can be found climbing mountains, kayaking, reading graphic novels and sometimes unicycling.

Victoria Gimigliano

Communications Coordinator

Victoria works as the Climate Outreach Digital Communications Coordinator.  Previously, she has worked in marketing for both the private and public sector. In that time she gained a diploma in Digital Marketing from the Oxford College of Marketing. Her work has allowed her to work on campaigns promoting the reduction of carbon emissions within the automotive industry as well as working across multiple subject areas in academic publishing, including climate policy, at Taylor & Francis.  In her spare time, Victoria will be found on her family farm with her horses riding the Ridgeway.

Abishek Maroli

Senior Project Management Lead

Abishek joined Climate Outreach in August 2020 and leads the organisation’s project management team. He has 9 years of experience working in the Indian development sector, operating across domains such as capacity building, organisation development & social sector consulting, helping NGOs ramp up their reach & operations. 

Having experienced the impacts of Climate Change in his home country (India) firsthand, Abishek is keen to be a part of the solution to the global climate crisis by sensitising people to the gravity of the challenge. He holds an MSc in Climate Change, Development and Policy (UK), and an undergraduate degree in Management Studies (India). Abishek grew up in a multicultural home and can speak three Indian regional languages. Outside of work, Abishek is most often found trying to balance his love for food with his love for training and playing sports.

Kate Heath

Project Manager

Kate manages a portfolio of projects across Climate Outreach’s programmes, and leads on design of MEAL elements. She has a mixed science, arts and management background, all with a focus on action for social equity. She originally trained as an actor, with a view to doing political theatre, then studied Environmental Sciences and International Development at UEA followed by an MSc in Water Management at Cranfield. Her work has spanned various sectors – a key worker with homeless people; water quality monitoring for the UK Environment Agency; several years of humanitarian response (in DRC, Liberia and Nepal, as a Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Programme Manager and later running grant management departments for Oxfam and Tearfund), and project support for human rights media with Internews. She joined Climate Outreach after becoming convinced that climate change is the biggest humanitarian issue of our day. She has an inclusive faith that some might call Franciscan, and champions diversity and inclusion issues. She speaks French and Spanish and is currently based in Brittany, France, where she surfs, clowns and dances.

Marné Beukes

Project Manager

Marné manages an array of projects across Climate Outreach’s programmes as Project Manager and will also support the development of new systems as Climate Outreach expands.

She brings a wealth of experience from different sectors, having worked in the energy, fintech, and not-for-profit sectors. Marné grew up in South Africa, where she witnessed how native vegetation died as a result of climate change.  Marné holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and an Honours degree in International Relations from the University of Pretoria (South Africa). She hit British shores over a decade ago to study for a Master’s degree in International Relations at Cambridge University. She is a qualified project manager and active member of the Association for Project Management. A bit of a spreadsheet geek, she looks forward to developing innovative ways to tell compelling stories with data.

She is a keen writer and is working on a novel set in Greece many moons ago. When not writing and working, she is left breathless after yet another countryside hike.

Martha Wiltshire

Project Manager

Martha joined Climate Outreach in November 2018 as the Executive Assistant, and moved to the project management team in September 2020.

Martha has experience coordinating and supporting projects for local community organisations such as Good Food Oxford, Refill Oxford and Tandem Collective, and international NGOs such as the South African based Children’s Radio Foundation. It was while working at the Children’s Radio Foundation that she saw how providing a platform for people to tell their stories to their own communities can lead to social transformation.

Martha holds a BA in Geography from the University of Oxford and a Postgraduate Certificate in Sustainability and Adaptation from the Centre for Alternative Technology. She is a keen musician and plays cello, piano and accordion, and is the dance caller for Family Ceilidh Oxford.

Steve Gerrish

Office Volunteer

Steve previously worked for the Potato Council for 25 years where he provided an information service to staff and potato growers, moving into knowledge transfer work in the latter part of his career there. He took redundancy when the organisation relocated to Warwickshire in July 2009 and volunteered for Climate Outreach from September 2009 to July 2010, at the same time embarking on studies for MSc Architecture: Advanced Environmental and Energy Studies at the Centre for Alternative Technology. Following completion of his thesis in summer 2011, Steve stepped in for 5 months to support Carbon Conversations at Climate Outreach, and now continues as a part time volunteer as well as working as an energy assessor of existing and new dwellings.

Tara Clarke

Senior Project Manager (maternity leave)

In her role, Tara supports the work of the Director of Projects. With a background in public engagement, she has worked with many different audiences in finding ways to better communicate science to the public. Tara previously worked as a Research Engagement Manager at Cancer Research UK. She also planned and organised public science events while she was Programme Officer at Science Oxford. Tara has an MSc in Science Communication from Imperial College London.

Trustees


Camilla Born

Chair of trustees

Camilla Born is a political strategist, policy advisor and activist specialising in climate diplomacy, security and risk. She is committed to finding solutions for wicked problems. Her work addresses climate change as a systemic risk to our cultures, societies, economies and political systems. She is currently on secondment to the UK Cabinet Office as Deputy Director of Strategy in the COP 26 team. Prior to this appointment she supported the UK’s leadership role on adaptation and resilience at the UK’s Department for International Development and was a Senior Policy Advisor at E3G. She is also a Senior Fellow with the Stockholm International Peace and Research Institute (SIPRI) and the very proud Chair of Climate Outreach.

Gitika Bhardwaj

Trustee

Gitika Bhardwaj works at The Royal Institute of International Affairs at Chatham House and is on the Board of Trustees of Climate Outreach. She has a Master’s degree in European Politics from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a Bachelor’s degree in History from Queen Mary, University of London.

Phil Bloomer

Trustee

Phil is the Executive Director of Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, a digital action platform that empowers human rights advocates in civil society, business, government; tracks the human rights performance of over 9,000 companies around the world; and seeks corporate accountability for around 550 allegations of abuse each year. The Resource Centre also presses for policy and practice that drive fast and fair transitions to zero carbon economies; uphold labour rights; and protect civic freedoms .

Phil was previously the Director of Campaigns and Policy at Oxfam, where he led global campaigns on climate justice, trade and investment for development, access to medicines, and major humanitarian crises. Phil worked for 11 years in Central America and Colombia working on human rights, especially indigenous rights, and broader economic justice.

Becky Buell

Trustee

Becky Buell is a senior practitioner and Board member of the Presencing Institute and a Research Fellow at the MIT Community Innovators Lab.  An experienced senior executive, with over 25 years’ work in the not-for-profit sector and 8 years leading a successful company. She has extensive international experience in strategy, organisational development and business planning, and is an experienced convenor of multi-sector dialogues.  She worked with Oxfam for over 15 years in Latin America and later in the Campaigns and Policy Department in Oxford.  She was a co-founder and partner at Meteos, a research and consultancy organisation specialising in multi-sector dialogues.  She currently works independently as an executive coach and consultant.  In addition to being a Board member of Climate Outreach, she is a Board member of the Presencing Institute. She is a US-UK bi-national, living in Oxford, UK.

Christine Neige

Trustee

A bilingual French/English finance professional, Christine currently works at the Barbican Centre in London. After more than 10 years’ experience in UK SMEs and a global investment fund, she decided to use her financial, commercial and strategic skills for a not for profit, arts organisation. In 2015, she started to pay attention to the topic of climate change, and got involved as an activist, in the COP21 in Paris. Now, as part of the board of trustees and Treasurer, her objective is to serve the mission and vision of Climate Outreach. Also a yoga teacher, she teaches to groups and refugees in London.

Thomas Puetz

Trustee

Thomas is an innovative and entrepreneurial leader with extensive experience and specialist knowledge of ‘not for profit’ management and organisational strategy. With twenty years of experience in executive roles in the arts world, the creative industries and film sector, he has focused on programmes that raise awareness and solicit direct engagement with systemic problems such as poverty, inequality global health and the societal effects of environmental exploitation and degradation. An astute campaigner and ambassador for causes, he has driven change and led large and diverse teams to deliver programmes that stand out and make a difference. As a Private Equity Consultant and impact investor, he is currently working on the energy transition, clean tech and water management, focussing on business solutions that integrate innovation with environmental sustainability and social impact.

Research Advisory Board


Dr Zoe Leviston

Australian National University

Zoe Leviston is a Research Fellow at the Australian National University. Her work applies social psychological theory to investigate how individuals, groups, and culture shape people’s responses to climate change and other environmental issues. She is especially interested in how group processes and social norms influence people’s attitudes and behaviours, and the role of collective action in ‘mainstreaming’ meaningful climate action.

Before commencing with the Australian National University in 2020, Zoe was a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at Edith Cowan University, and a research scientist at the CSIRO – Australia’s peak science body. She has worked alongside a variety of community representatives, Catchment Management Authorities, farmers, agricultural scientists, economists, atmospheric scientists, and a range of stakeholders from state and federal government departments.

Prof Edward Maibach

George Mason University

Edward Maibach, MPH, PhD is a Distinguished University Professor and Director of George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication (Mason 4C).  At Mason 4C, Ed co-directs the Climate Change in the American Mind polling project (with Yale’s Anthony Leiserowitz), is the principal investigator of Climate Matters (a climate reporting resources program that supports TV weathercasters as local climate educators, produced in partnership with Climate Central) and provides strategic direction to the Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health (an education and advocacy initiative that currently involves 29 national medical societies in the U.S.).

Prof Ezra Markowitz

University of Massachusetts Amherst

Ezra Markowitz, Ph.D.is Associate Professor of Environmental Decision-Making in the Department of Environmental Conservation at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. His research and teaching focus on the intersection of decision-making, persuasive communication, public engagement with science, and environmental sustainability. He is particularly interested and expert in the practical application of behavioral science to improve individuals’ and communities’ environmental decision-making; he also has deep expertise in the field of climate change communication and public engagement.

He is the author of over four dozen peer-reviewed research papers, book chapters, and reports, including the 2015 Connecting on Climate guide to climate change communication. At UMass Amherst, Markowitz teaches courses on Environmental Decision-Making, Conservation Social Science, and Public Engagement and Communication for Scientists. He holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences, Studies & Policy and an M.S. in Psychology from the University of Oregon, as well as a B.A. in Psychology from Vassar College. Markowitz is also a Fellow with the FrameWorks Institute.

Prof Saffron O’Neill

University of Exeter

Saffron O’Neill is an Associate Professor in Geography at the University of Exeter, UK. Her interdisciplinary research explores the social science dimensions of climate variability and climate change, particularly in terms of climate change communication and public engagement. Her work examines the diverse places in which people experience climate change in their everyday lives: from personal attachments to valued places, to interactions on social media.

Her particular area of expertise is in the visual communication of climate change. Her research has explored climate imagery in different media, across nations, and over time; and what this means for how people engage with climate change. She supervises a fantastic group of PhD students who are all undertaking research in communication-related topics: from how climate change is communicated online, youth attitudes to climate change, communicating adaptation, to communicating about seasonal climate forecasts.

Dr James Painter

University of Oxford

James Painter is a research associate at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, Department of Politics and International Relations at Oxford University, a senior teaching associate at the Environmental Change Institute, School of Geography, also at Oxford, and an external collaborator at the LEAP project at the Oxford Martin School.  He has published widely on climate change in the media in several countries.  His current research interests include media portrayals of extreme weather events, animal agriculture and climate change, climate scepticism, and more widely on the challenges of climate journalism and the emergence of climate niche sites.

Prof Linda Steg

University of Groningen

Linda Steg is professor of environmental psychology at the University of Groningen. She studies factors influencing sustainable behaviour, the effects and acceptability of strategies aimed at promoting sustainable behaviour, and public perceptions of technology and system changes. She is member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW), and lead author of the IPCC special report on 1.5°C and AR6.  She participates in various interdisciplinary and international research programmes, and collaborates with practitioners working in industry, governments and NGOs.

Prof Lorraine Whitmarsh

University of Bath

Professor Lorraine Whitmarsh is an environmental psychologist, specialising in perceptions and behaviour in relation to climate change, energy and transport, based in the Department of Psychology, University of Bath. She is Director of the ESRC-funded UK Centre for Climate Change and Social Transformations (CAST). She regularly advises governmental and other organisations on low-carbon behaviour change and climate change communication, and is Lead Author for IPCC’s Working Group II Sixth Assessment Report. Her research projects have included studies of energy efficiency behaviours, waste reduction and carrier bag reuse, perceptions of smart technologies and electric vehicles, low-carbon lifestyles, and responses to climate change. 

Associates


Hoda Baraka

Diversity and Inclusion Specialist for Climate Visuals Countdown

Hoda Baraka is a communications specialist, strategist, organisational consultant, coach, writer and photographer. She specializes in crafting holistic, creative communications strategies, which are culturally and linguistically conscientious, and centered on empowering marginalized voices. She also specializes in developing long-term strategies centered on equity and justice, building empowered teams, and providing leadership coaching.

Amber Bennett

Research associate

Amber has honed her communications skills over 15 years working with government, non-profits and business. She loves complex projects and brings a multidisciplinary approach to her work. Based in Alberta, Canada, Amber is a research enthusiast and works with a number of clients to build integrated environmental education and communications programming related to climate change and watersheds. She speaks regularly on emotionally intelligent approaches to engagement and is a mother to two young and very busy boys. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Public Relations and Masters of Arts in Environmental Education and Communications.

Elise de Laigue

Graphic designer

Elise has been Climate Outreach’s designer since 2015. As a full-time freelancer, she collaborates with nonprofits, event organisers and small businesses to create clean, eye-catching and memorable designs that allow their content to shine. She is a native speaker of English & French, and studied Design (Canada), Communications & Marketing (France & US) and Event Management (UK). She lives in Toronto, Canada, and enjoys working with clients worldwide. Find out more about Explore Communications.

Patrick di Nola

Climate Visuals associate

Patrick has had a working relationship with Climate Outreach since September 2018, and recently in 2020 has become an Associate of the Climate Visuals programme, helping to conceive, manage and deliver projects with partners around climate change photography.

With an international background and four languages, paired with 15 years at Getty Images and a subsidiary agency, Patrick has been working to deliver the work of award-winning photographers from around the world to clients in the US, Europe and Asia spanning media, NGOs, brands, and creative agencies. In recent years his focus has been delivering content-focused partnerships between the private sector and non-profits. He works independently, with a key focus on Climate Outreach, alongside other projects relating to climate change, the environment, and visual communication.

He is passionate about photography and documentary film alike, and is a firm believer that collaboration between organizations with goals in common, unique audiences of their own, and complementary areas of expertise can help achieve real impact and change. Patrick has a degree in Digital & Photographic Imaging, and is based in London. He loves travel, cooking, comedy and podcasts.

Niall Loughlin

Research associate

Niall joined Climate Outreach for an academic placement as part of his PhD in Psychology at the University of Bath. His doctoral research on communicating climate change impacts and adaptation in the UK has a key focus on public perceptions around flooding. During his placement, Niall led on the analysis and writing for the Climate Communication in Practice report and co-facilitated training workshops with the Women’s Institute, before leading on new survey research for the Climate Visuals project. Niall continues to collaborate as an Associate and will be incorporating his placement activities into his PhD thesis. He is passionate about creative engagement, placing as a finalist in the ESRC ‘Better Lives’ Writing Competition and Connect4Climate’s international video-pitch competition. Alongside his research at Bath, Niall holds an arts scholarship and has taught seminars on the Psychology of Music. In his spare time, Niall can be found cycling, collaborating on audio-visual projects, contributing to sustainability initiatives and tinkering with musical instruments.

Lydia Messling

Research associate

Lydia distinctly remembers the frustration she felt as a 12 year old in trying to explain to her mum what the greenhouse effect was. With plans to become a volcanologist, Lydia trained as environmental scientist before switching disciplines as she became increasingly interested in climate communication and community engagement, and training scientists in their public engagement. As an associate, Lydia is experienced in designing and facilitating both qualitative and quantitative research and analysis, creating training workshops, and developing community conversations and narratives. 

She holds a PhD in Politics and was a Leverhulme Climate Justice Scholar at the University of Reading. Her thesis is titled “How can climate scientists engage in policy advocacy and preserve their scientific credibility and independence?”  She also has an MRes in Politics and International Relations from the University of Reading, and a BSc in Environmental Science from the University of East Anglia. Lydia is currently a communications consultant at Acclimatise. In her spare time, she enjoys playing a variety of musical instruments (drums are next on her list), road cycling, and creating artwork.

David Powell

Strategic consultant on UK climate engagement

David has 15 years experience as a campaigner, communicator, researcher and strategist on environment and climate change. He’s worked as senior campaigner on economics and resources at Friends of the Earth and most recently as Head of Environment and Green Transition at the New Economics Foundation.   He has a MA in English Literature, an MSc in Environmental Strategy, and a Graduate Diploma in Economics.  He’s particularly interested in the intersection between systems change and individual psychology, and how to build campaigns that harness the deeply held concerns we all have about the climate crisis.

Outside of work he plays jazz saxophone and clarinet, and is the co-host of the long-running comedy environment podcast Sustainababble.