Our report on how UK politicians, charged with leading the way, respond to the climate crisis have been recently released. Following our previous report from 2018 which looked at how UK MPs understand and respond to climate change, this report is based on a new set of interviews with 15 MPs, and a focus group with civil society representatives. This research, based on the findings of a collaboration between Lancaster University, The Climate Coalition and the Centre for Climate Change and Social Transformations, and supported by Green Alliance, reveals how much has changed since 2018. Find more information here. Download the full report here.
We have funding to cover the tuition fees for one Masters of Science by Research (MSc-R) at Lancaster Environment Centre, Lancaster University.

The successful applicant will join the Climate Citizens project team to conduct a piece of original research on one of two topics:

  • Green financial reform and the prospect of democratisation

  • What climate policies do the public want to see?

More information about the opportunity can be found here.

Deadline: 16/05/2023

The funding covers tuition fees only, there is no stipend (living expenses) included in the funding.
We are currently advertising for a PhD student to join the Climate Citizens team at Lancaster University on an interdisciplinary project that will investigate a crucial and neglected issue: the question of how to govern reductions in energy use. The deadline for applications is the 21st of April 2023. Please contact Jacob Ainscough with any queries (j.ainscough@lancaster.ac.uk). Full advert here.
New research from the Climate Citizens project shows people are a neglected dimension in energy and climate governance. An analysis recently published in the journal Energy Research and Social Science has revealed that people are barely mentioned in government documents like the Net Zero Strategy - and when they are, they are thought of primarily as consumers. This research briefing summarises the full paper.”
DEADLINE EXTENDED TO 17:00 (BST) Monday 24th October

We are excited to be inviting applications to join the Climate Citizens project as a Visiting Fellow. The scheme is open to anyone working on public engagement on climate and energy issues in any capacity, including (but not limited to): civil servants, public engagement consultants, professional facilitators, academics at any careers stage including PhD researchers, and researchers or policy professionals from the private sector, think tanks, NGOs or Trade Unions.

A maximum of four Fellowships are available for a total duration of three months each. We are open to any ideas for how the Fellowships might be used within the scope of the themes addressed by the Climate Citizens project.

Follow this link for full details.

Please send completed applications to Jake Ainscough (j.ainscough@lancaster.ac.uk) by 17:00 (BST) on 24th October 2022, using subject line “Visiting Fellowship Application”

What would home energy policies look like if they were designed by people who lived in those homes? Our new report presents the findings of a citizens’ panel addressing this question. We brought together a group of home owners with advisors from the Climate Change Committee (CCC) to design people-friendly policies to bring down emissions and save money on energy bills.

Over several sessions, panellists built their knowledge about how home energy use impacts climate change, and what could be done to reduce emissions and bills. They then developed proposals designed to meet the scale of the challenge in ways which work for  different households across the UK. CCC analysts took part in discussions and are now using the findings to help inform its advice on policy to address home emissions.

You can read the full report here.