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.
Dr Adam Corner
Adam is our Research Director, and an Honorary Research Fellow in the School of Psychology, Cardiff University. Adam manages Climate Outreach's research portfolio, directs Climate Outreach's collaborations with academic partners, and leads the Climate Visuals programme. Adam lead-authored a book 'Talking Climate: From Research to Practice in Public Engagement', 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.
Anna brings considerable expertise in supporting and coordinating research projects through her work with several international NGOs and time at the University of Southampton. With a background in geography, she has also completed an MA in Environment and Development from King’s College London where her research focussed on youth engagement with global development issues. She has also developed a particular interest in communication strategies for disaster risk reduction, in response to the impacts of climate change, from her studies and work with Y Care International.
Dr Christopher Shaw
Chris has fifteen years experience of 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 UK and international universities and research institutions on 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.
Co-Founder & Director of Projects
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 on 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.
Media Relations Volunteer
Karen is a media relations expert who has worked in PR for 30 years. At university in the 1980’s she specialised in Environmental Economics, when the concept of placing a value and price on economic activity was in its infancy. During her career she has worked with global brands such as Sony and Visa, as well as Wickes, when awareness of the environmental impact of forestry was emerging. Vegetable grower, cyclist and all-round ‘treehugger,’ she is a great believer in the power of communication in shaping our approach to climate change.
After 5 years at university - completing degrees in Anthropology at UCL and Environmental Governance at the University of Oxford - Karl's interests lie in society's cultural relationships with the environment. In the past this interest has taken him to communities in British Columbia and Iceland, where he has conducted research. Motivated by the need to bridge social science with real-world climate action, Karl initially joined Climate Outreach as a volunteer, and now as an assistant to the research team. He hopes in time to pursue doctoral studies in climate science communication. Born to an artistic family, Karl is a committed photographer and writer, and enjoys music from many cultures; especially Mali, Hawaii and Galicia.
Lea joins Climate Outreach for a five-month internship as part of her masters degree in Human Ecology in Lund, Sweden. With a background in Geography, she is specifically interested in the impact that human actions have on our planet. She believes that it needs a shift in the way we talk about climate change to create a world in which everyone can enjoy a good life. Lea has worked with a number of international charities, including NGOs in Cameroon and South Africa. Back in Lund, she hosts a feminist reading circle and is a committed member of the local food saving group - both topics she finds to be very important.
In her free time, Lea loves to go climbing and enjoys cooking delicious vegan food. She will mainly be involved with the communication team before going back to Sweden in February 2019 to write her masters thesis - probably on climate change communication and gender.
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.
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.
Niall is currently working on a PhD at the University of Bath, which focuses on the psychology of communicating adaptation to climate change flood risks. He has a keen interest in how psychology research can inform visual, narrative and arts based forms of climate engagement. He studied Geography at UCL where his final year project focussed on public engagement with ‘climate arts’, before an MRes at Bath, which looked at centre-right engagement with climate film and video. He has worked in the Caribbean on a project about coral reefs and recently was a finalist in Connect4Climate’s international 360/VR video pitch competition. Alongside his PhD at Bath he holds an arts scholarship for music composition and production, and has taught seminars on the psychology of music. In his spare time he can be found cycling, collaborating on audio-visual projects or tinkering with musical instruments!
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.
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 Coordinator
Tara is the Training and Consultancy Coordinator for Climate Outreach, supporting 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.
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.
Robert van Waarden
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.
Camilla’s particular specialism centres on improving climate risk management in the face of escalating climate impacts and accelerating low carbon transition. Camilla is a Policy Advisor in E3G’s Climate Diplomacy team. From early 2011 Camilla has worked with the UK Youth Climate Coalition (UKYCC), holding the role of director from 2013-2014. In early 2013 she successfully facilitated an informal coalition of organisations to campaign to keep climate change in the UK national curriculum. As part of the UKYCC international team, she organised a large scale youth capacity building summit (COY8) and facilitated the education and climate change working group at COP18 in Doha. Camilla has a Bsc in Geography from the University of Edinburgh. Alongside her work Camilla is chair of Hoxton Community Energy.
Adam is co-editor of OurKingdom, the UK section of openDemocracy.net and has written political analysis for The Guardian, the New Statesman, the Scotsman, The Herald and numerous other magazines, newspapers and websites. Before this, he was activism manager at student activism network People & Planet. He has been involved in prominent campaigns on issues ranging from global debt to tax avoidance, and climate change to local care service cuts. Once upon a time, he was student president at Edinburgh University, and he's also a trustee of UK Feminista and People & Planet.
Becky Buell is Co-Founder and Partner at Meteos and a specialist in strategy, innovation and cross-sector partnership development. She brings her expert facilitation and strategy skills to their work on climate change, healthcare, social enterprise and equity. Becky draws on her experience as Research Fellow in the Urban Studies and Planning Department at MIT, and over 15 years in senior management at Oxfam in Latin America and in their global Campaigns and Policy Division. At Oxfam and MIT, she launched several new initiatives on economic and social inclusion in urban areas in developing countries and emerging markets. She holds an MA in Latin American Studies from Stanford University and a post-graduate certificate in Urban Planning from University College London.
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 works at The Royal Institute of International Affairs at Chatham House and sits on the Board of Trustees at 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.
James’s background is as a fundraiser, but he is currently studying full-time with the Open University, focusing on international development and the environment. He is also on the board of charity Student Action for Refugees and has worked and volunteered for a range of charities, including Oxfam and People & Planet.
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.