The research community has highlighted for several decades the implications of greenhouse gas emissions for climate change. In response, world governments have agreed to limit global temperature change to 2°C, which requires drastic reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. In advanced economies, a commitment to a 2°C limit generally represents a reduction of emissions of between 80-95% from the 1990 baseline. Despite this, emissions from international aviation increased by 53 % between 1990 and 2011 in those countries.
I am interested in how people understand and respond to climate change. What determines our level of interest and concern about this topic? What are the drivers of personal action and what influences the way we view national and policy responses to climate change?
In 2015, I joined the Low-Carbon Lifestyles and Behavioural Spillover (CASPI) project as a Research Fellow. This project aims to understand how environmentally-friendly lifestyles are understood and develop within different cultures. My main focus within CASPI is to design and analyse cross-national surveys which will be run across seven nations, including the UK, South Africa and Brazil.