Sustainability Research Institute

Climate Change Adaptation Group

Climate Change Adaptation Group

The Climate Change Adaptation Group is based at the School of Earth & Environment at the University of Leeds and led by Professor Suraje Dessai.

Our interdisciplinary research focuses on four main areas:

  • How are climate change uncertainties managed? How is uncertainty visualised and communicated? How do people respond to these sources of information? And how can climate change uncertainties be communicated in a way that effectively facilitates decision making.
  • How are climate risks perceived and acted upon? What are the drivers and barriers to taking action?
  • How is climate knowledge produced and used for adaptation decision-making? What are the challenges and tensions involved in this process? What other sources of information are being used to make adaptation decisions and why?
  • Are new and emerging sources of climate information, such as seasonal and decadal information, being utilised by users?

To tackle these issues, we draw upon insights and methods from a range of disciplines such as environmental social science, human geography, science and technology studies, psychology, and sustainability science. Our work has received funding from the UK Research Councils (ESRC, EPSRC & NERC), the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, the European Research Council, and the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for Research.

Current PhD Opportunities: 

  • We welcome interest from anyone wanting to join our group including PhDs. For more details please contact Suraje Dessai s.dessai@leeds.ac.uk

To keep up to date with all CCAG news, follow us on Twitter @CCAdaptGroup

 

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