We are a team of social scientists and communication specialists focused on helping organisations better communicate climate change with their audiences. We are based in the UK but work with partners worldwide.
Our core staff is supported by dedicated trustees and volunteers from a diverse range of backgrounds, as well as an Academic Advisory Board.
Dr Adam Corner
Adam is our Research Director, and Associate Director of the Climate Change & Social Transformations (CAST) centre. Adam manages Climate Outreach's research portfolio and directs Climate Outreach's collaborations with academic partners. Adam wrote Talking Climate: From Research to Practice in Public Engagement, with Jamie Clarke, has published widely in academic journals, and writes regularly for international media, including The Guardian and New Scientist magazine.
Climate change & Migration Project Manager
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
Chris has 15 years experience researching climate policy and climate communications. Prior to joining Climate Outreach Chris held the position of Research Fellow at University of Sussex and then University of Oxford. Since joining Climate Outreach Chris has delivered a number of innovative projects, including; developing the ‘Climate Conversations’ model for the Scottish Government; co-authoring communication guides for global science organisations, including the IPCC; delivering reports based on original research for institutions such as WWF and the World Bank; working in partnership with a range of universities and research institutions on international multi-partner academic projects. Chris is an Associate of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research and a member of the faculty at the School of Business, Management and Economics at the University of Sussex. His book The Two Degrees Dangerous Limit for Climate Change: Public Understanding and Decision Making (Routledge) was shortlisted for the 2016 Philip Abrams Memorial Prize.
Frances provides administrative support for the Training & Consultancy and Research teams. Frances studied Animal Biology and Conservation at Oxford Brookes University where, while writing her dissertation on citizen science, she became aware of the need for better communication of science to the general public. After uni she kept in touch with her environmental roots through taking part in fieldwork, attending workshops at the University of Oxford Natural History Museum, and participating in citizen science projects such as Butterfly Conservation's 'National Moth Recording Scheme'. In her spare time she enjoys swimming outdoors, playing games (the board and garden variety) and photographing unsuspecting animals.
Co-Founder & Director of Training and Consultancy
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.
Jamie is motivated by the importance of enabling climate change to be something everyone cares about rather than backs away from. He sees deep and effective public engagement as being fundamental to addressing climate change. He has extensive experience working with academics, government departments, international bodies, NGOs, businesses and community groups. Having been an advocate and educator for many years, Jamie understands that traditional climate messages tend to turn people off rather than engage them but that practical interventions based on social research is pivotal to reversing this trend. He is the co-author, with Adam Corner, of Talking Climate: From Research to Practice in Public Engagement, published in November 2016.
Kate brings a varied background to the role of Project Manager. For 8 years, she worked in the humanitarian field as a Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Programme Manager and then heading up grant management and funding departments - including for responses to the earthquake in Nepal, Ebola in Liberia and conflict in eastern DRC. Kate has a scientific background, studying Environmental Sciences at UEA followed by an MSc in Community WASH at Cranfield. She has also worked for the UK’s Environment Agency and for Internews. She began investigating climate change communications after becoming convinced this is the biggest humanitarian issue of our day, and documented the breaking of her own climate silence in a series of blogs for the Transition Network. She is based in France, on the south coast of Brittany, where she heads out surfing before work.
Léane de Laigue
Head of Communications
Léane brings 15 years of international experience in environmental education, communication and marketing. Prior to joining Climate Outreach, she lived in Vancouver where she worked at the David Suzuki Foundation as well as taught an Environmental Studies class at a secondary school. Before that, she worked in London as a Marketing Manager for Johnson & Johnson. She holds a Master’s in Environment & Management and a B Ed (Canada), an MBA in Marketing (US) and a B.A in Humanities (France). She is a native speaker of English and French. In her spare time she can be found climbing mountains, kayaking and sometimes even unicycling.
Science Communication Programme Manager (Maternity Cover)
Lydia is our Science Communication Programme Manager (Maternity Cover), which includes delivering workshops and tailored training to Climate Scientists in communicating with both the public and policy makers, and developing SciComm research opportunities. Originally trained as an Environmental Scientist at UEA, Lydia is now finishing off her PhD as a Leverhulme Scholar in Climate Justice at the University of Reading, looking at how climate change scientists are to engage with policy advocacy. She has worked as a climate change communications consultant for the past 5 years, helping a variety of organisations develop communication strategies to encourage behavioural change, and currently works part-time for Acclimatise as a Communications Consultant.
Finance and Operations Manager
Mark has worked in the environmental field for the last 20 years. He started out managing funding for regeneration projects at the Groundwork Foundation. Then followed a over a decade in local government, eventually heading up climate change at the Vale of White Horse District Council. He went on to manage the energy services arm of a regional energy agency before moving into the world of packaging waste at ecoVeritas an environmental data consultancy in Oxford. Mark works part-time for Climate Outreach and also runs a small business services consultancy. Outside of work Mark is a keen runner and likes to mess about on various home improvement projects.
Martha has a background in Geography and a varied experience in communications, research assistance, fundraising and volunteer coordination. Since graduating in 2015, she has worked for Good Food Oxford, the Children’s Radio Foundation, Sonder Communications and, more recently, Refill Oxford, a campaign to promote the use of free tap water to reduce plastic waste. She is currently working towards a part-time MSC in Sustainability and Adaptation at the Centre for Alternative Technology, Wales. Outside of work, Martha is a keen musician and plays cello, piano and accordion. She volunteers for Tandem Festival, a community-driven and volunteer-run festival that aims to make environmental issues more accessible and engaging through the arts, and is the dance caller for Family Ceilidh Oxford.
Mary is volunteering at Climate Outreach during her sabbatical year (2019-2020). She is a Lecturer in Human Geography at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan campus (UBCO), in Canada. Mary worked for more than 20 years on community forestry in Southeast Asia. In the past 12 years she has moved on to address climate change in her own rural, conservative community as an overarching and urgent priority, uniting her academic areas of interest (in sustainability, the environment and natural resource management) with her work as an advocate (on the food system, transportation and other local sustainability initiatives). Most recently, she co-chaired the development of a municipal Climate Action Plan, including a community engagement strategy and the mobilization of climate ambassadors.
Senior Climate Change Engagement Strategist
Robin has been a researcher, journalist and communicator in the environmental sector for fifteen years, and on climate change specifically for the last decade. She first became interested in how we talk and think about climate change - and the disconnect that often exists between the political debate around climate and the conversations held elsewhere - whilst working as a climate campaigner at Friends of the Earth. Robin subsequently helped start up the climate science and energy blog Carbon Brief, where she spent several years disentangling the intricacies of climate policy for a wider audience. She most recently worked as a researcher for the European Climate Foundation, and over the course of her career she has advised a large number of grassroots NGOs, universities and campaign organisations, writing extensively about food sustainability, the global energy system and climate impacts amongst other issues.
Dr Roz Pidcock
Science Communication Programme Manager
Currently on Maternity Leave - Roz manages Climate Outreach's science communication programme, both in the UK and internationally. This includes deepening our links with the global climate science community, developing research opportunities and delivering strategic communications training and advice, particularly focused on the science-policy interface. Roz has a PhD in oceanography and was previously Head of Communications for Working Group I of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and Deputy Editor of Carbon Brief, a specialist climate change news and analysis organisation in the UK. Her main interests are supporting scientists to engage with a broad audience, enhancing public engagement with climate change and promoting the role of scientific evidence in policymaking and public discourse.
Health and Climate Change Volunteer
Steve has joined Climate Outreach as a volunteer following a career in the NHS where, as a trained Health Economist, he held a number of senior Regional and National leadership positions related to improving the efficiency and design of patient services. An important part of this was considering how best to communicate with the public, and NHS staff, about proposed changes to local healthcare services. Originally a geographer, Steve has a lifelong interest in the climate and how human actions are impacting it. He is now supporting Climate Outreach to develop a programme around effective communication strategies on the links between climate change and health.
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.
Training and Consultancy Project Manager
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.
Climate Visuals Program Lead and Media Liaison
Toby Smith is the Climate Visuals Programme Lead and Media Liaison with a strategic goal of expanding our presence, influence and impact in the media and photographic sectors. Toby joins us with 12 years experience as an award-winning Environmental Photographer who focuses on building innovative, global stories through collaboration and publication in leading editorial outlets. He 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 in the woods near Stroud with his wife and son.
Digital Communications Assistant
Having studied Human Geography at Kingston University and gaining a diploma in Digital Marketing from the Oxford College of Marketing, Victoria joins the Climate Outreach team as Digital Communications Assistant. Since graduating University, she has worked in sales and marketing for both the private and public sector. 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. Living on a solar panel farm in South Oxfordshire, she has a keen interest in country life and sustainable agriculture. In her spare time, Victoria will be found on the farm with her horses, riding the Ridgeway.
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
Elise has been Climate Outreach's designer since July 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. Click here for more information or to contact her.
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.
Susie is a researcher with a background in social and environmental psychology. She believes that enhancing scientific outreach and communication between stakeholders is essential to progress on climate change action. Among other things, she is interested in the factors that lead people to feel close to climate change, particularly the role of emotions, identity and social connections. Susie is also a visual artist and rock climber, and is currently working as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Groningen, in the Netherlands.
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 advises several European governments and institutions, non-state and campaign organisations, identifying high leverage interventions to deepen cooperation for low carbon resilient transition. Camilla is a Senior Policy Advisor at E3G, Director of the Expert Working Group with the Stockholm International Peace and Research Institute (SIPRI) and the very proud Chair of Climate Outreach.
Dr. Amiera Sawas is Senior Research and Policy Specialist at Action Aid UK. Amiera is a feminist researcher with a subject specialism in climate change and security. She is experienced in developing and promoting multi-disciplinary research - through natural science, social science and participatory research, creating space for the voices of some of the world's most marginalised people affected by climate change. Amiera completed her post-doc at the Grantham Institute for Climate Change, Imperial College London and her PhD in water governance and human rights at King’s College London Department of Geography. She has worked extensively in the global south, especially in Pakistan and Jordan.
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.
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.
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.
Jonathan is Director of the Social Brain Centre at the Royal Society of Arts and the author of a range of influential RSA reports on behaviour change, climate change and spirituality. He has degrees spanning a range of human sciences from Oxford, Harvard and Bristol and approaches research and innovation challenges from a trans-disciplinary perspective. He is also a writer, chess Grandmaster and former British Champion (2004–6)
Thomas is an innovative and entrepreneurial leader with extensive experience and specialist knowledge of ‘not for profit’ management and organisational strategy, gained within the Cultural sector. With twenty years of experience in executive roles in the visual 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 and projects that stand out and make a difference. As Chief Executive of Tyneside Cinema he currently works with the BFI, Channel4 and Universities in the North East on a programme that engages with the big societal issues as well as the production of films and documentaries that can help contextualise issues and reach out to large audiences.
Academic Advisory Board
Chaired by Climate Outreach's Research Director, Dr Adam Corner, our Academic Advisory Board is comprised of eight high profile, international figures who have a strategic view on climate change communication research, its future directions and the role of organisations like Climate Outreach operating at the interface between research and practice.