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.

We welcome interest from anyone wanting to join our group including PhDs. For more details please contact Suraje Dessai s.dessai(at)

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


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