Partner organisations

CAST researchers will be working with a range of partner organisations from the private, public and third-sector. Our existing partnerships are listed below.

If your organisation is interested in working with CAST, please get in touch: info@cast.ac.uk

10:10 Climate Action

CAST has paired up with the third-sector organisation 10:10 who have pioneered community-level interventions to address climate change, for example inspiring communities to engage with climate action by crowdfunding solar (http://magic.solarschools.org.uk/). Building on this work, CAST and 10:10 will trial approaches to reduce carbon emissions at the neighbourhood level working with a multiple communities in London.

Anglian Water

Anglian Water is a water service company operating in East Anglia, England. They have partnered with CAST to encourage transformations in water use and climate-relevant behaviours (e.g. food choices, energy consumption) at household and organisation levels.

Cardiff City Council

Cardiff City Council and the Cardiff and Vale local public health team have been working to develop low-carbon and healthy transport solutions for Cardiff. This includes encouraging active travel and use of public transport modes to improve air quality, reduce emissions and promote active and healthy lifestyles across Cardiff, including amongst young people and in deprived areas. They will be working with CAST researchers to co-design and evaluate interventions in line with these ambitions.

Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA)

CAST researchers will work with GMCA and city leaders as they deliver a programme of immediate actions and develop a five-year city-region plan to achieve emission reduction from material consumption, diet, mobility, and comfort. This builds on existing work that has quantified the implications of the Paris Climate Change Agreement and evaluated low-carbon interventions across infrastructure, processes and behaviours.

Intergovernment Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

The IPCC  is the United Nations body for assessing the science related to climate change. CAST will be closely working with the IPCC to ensure the most up-to-date social science insights are available for inclusion in the next Assessment Reports. CAST will also help the IPCC develop its communication approaches.

Kerry McCarthy Labour MP for Bristol East, member of Jeremy Corbyns Shadow Cabinet

Kerry McCarthy MP

Kerry McCarthy is MP for Bristol East and Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Agroecology for Sustainable Food and Farming. Her interests include finding ways in which food policy and choices can be shaped to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions. She sits on the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee and the Environmental Audit Committee. Working with Kerry will help us to link CAST’s research to a broad range of policy-making and civil society activities of relevance to climate change.

Surple

Surple Energy is a software company that develops energy and sustainability management software systems and visualisation tools to support decision-making and employee behaviour change initiatives. CAST and Surple will work together to design workplace interventions to embed sustainability behaviours within and beyond the workplace and  encourage reduced demand for heating and cooling, low-carbon travel habits, and sustainable food and consumption choices.

Scottish Government

The Scottish Government’s Climate Change Bill envisages Scotland to be carbon neutral by 2050. CAST researchers will work with the Behaviours and Engagement Team to support policy development in line with this ambitious goal.

The Wates Group

The Wates Group is one of the largest privately-owned construction, development and property services companies in the UK. It will work with CAST researchers to develop and implement its strategic vision to become a leading voice in the construction industry on sustainability in the built environment.

The Welsh Government

CAST researchers will be working with the Welsh Government to co-design policies to help deliver stringent emission reduction targets, ensuring that social science insights inform climate change strategies for Wales. This work will particularly focus on the co-benefits of carbon reduction in relation to the requirements of WG’s Wellbeing of Future Generations Act.

Place-based Climate Action Network (P-CAN)

CAST will work closely with P-CAN, which aims to produce a replicable model that delivers climate policies on a global to local scale, facilitating and inspiring places across the UK. CAST researchers will engage with P-CAN to inform transformations especially at the city-scale.

Utrecht University

CAST is working with the world-leading IMAGE modelling group at Utrecht University (led by Prof. Detlef van Vuuren) to develop new 1.5C climate scenario assessments. As part of CAST research theme 1, this research will focus specifically on meeting UN sustainable development goals and understanding lifestyle impacts.

Peking University – China Center for Climate Change Communication

Binbin Wang, who co-founded the China Center for Climate Change Communication in 2010, will work closely with CAST researchers to explore low-carbon transformations in the Chinese context.

Federal University of Paraiba, Brazil

Dr Valdiney Gouveia is an environmental psychologist who will be working with CAST researchers to explore low-carbon lifestyles in Brazil.

University of Gothenburg

Dr Cecilia Bergstad is an environmental psychologist who will be working with CAST researchers in Theme 1 to explore low-carbon transformations in Sweden.

Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research

The CAST Centre will work closely with the Tyndall Centre to explore ways to rapidly transform society in line with the urgent need to reduce carbon emissions.

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