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 ( 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.
Please join us for the launch of a new report on decarbonising home energy. The report presents the findings of a citizens’ panel run in collaboration with the Climate Change Committee (CCC). In the panel, 24 members of the public worked with analysts from the CCC to design a package of measures to support UK homeowners in bringing home energy use down in line with the UK’s 2050 net zero commitment.

The report will be used as evidence for the CCC’s advice to government on decarbonising domestic buildings.

The event will be chaired by Professor Rebecca Willis, leader of the Climate Citizens project and co-author of the report.

Speakers include:

  • Chris Stark, Climate Change Committee

  • Jacob Ainscough, Lancaster University

  • Elizabeth Blakelock, Citizens Advice

You will also hear from panellists who took part in the projects about their experience and message for government.

Register here.