Irene Lorenzoni

Lorenzone_photo2Senior Lecturer in Environmental Sciences and leader of 3S’s Policy and Governance research strand. As an environmental social scientist, my research focuses on understandings of, and engagement with, climate change and energy. I am particularly interested in the relationships between individual understandings of environmental issues – specifically climate change, its causes and consequences over different timescales- and behaviours. Critical to this work is an appreciation of the societal context in which individuals operate, hence my broad research specialisms in perceptions and understandings of environmental risk; communication of climate change; social adaptation and resilience; and policy developments.

My recent work has involved the exploration of perceived barriers to engagement with climate change and their influence on individual and institutional responses (both in terms of mitigation and adaptation); carbon capability; public attitudes towards current energy use and future energy options, especially in relation to sustainability; the construction of climate and energy discourses in the UK; the evolution of climate change policy; views of the future. I teach modules on environmental politics; sustainability and society; energy and climate change.

I have published extensively in peer-reviewed journals, recently co-editing “Adaptation to Climate Change” (with Neil Adger and Karen O’Brien, 2009, CUP) and “Engaging the public with climate change: communication and behaviour change” (with Lorraine Whitmarsh and Saffron O’Neill, 2010, Earthscan). I am member of editorial board of the academic journal Wiley Interdisciplinary Review (WIREs): Climate Change.

3S Strands:
Knowledges and Expertise
Participation and Engagement
Policy and Governance
Transitions to Sustainability

Deep emissions reductions and the mainstreaming of mitigation and adaptation – ‘RESPONSES’
Understanding Risk: Climate Change and Energy Choices
Impacts of the December 2013 storm surge on North Norfolk Coast
CLAMER: Climate change impacts on marine ecosystems

PhD students:
Maud Borie
Adam Kennerly
Rachel Macrorie


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