CAST researchers will be working with a range of partner organisations from the private, public and third-sector. Our existing partnerships are listed below.
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CAST has paired up with the third-sector organisation Possible who have pioneered community-level interventions to address climate change, for example inspiring communities to engage with climate action by crowdfunding solar. Building on this work, CAST and Possible will trial approaches to reduce carbon emissions at the neighbourhood level working with multiple communities in London.
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 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.
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.
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 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 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.
The Scottish Government’s Climate Change Bill will set a net-zero emissions target for 2045. CAST researchers will work with the Behaviours and Engagement Team to support policy development in line with this ambitious goal.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dr Valdiney Gouveia is an environmental psychologist who will be working with CAST researchers to explore low-carbon lifestyles in Brazil.
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.
CAST Affiliate Members
We also have affiliate members; researchers, practitioners and members of other groups with a track-record of research and engagement in climate change and social transformations and whose focus lies within the broader aims and objectives of CAST. The aim of our affiliate membership is to bring together individuals who work alongside each other to develop innovative research and discover new applications in an inspiring and collaborative environment.
Dr Nicole Koenig-Lewis
Dr Koenig-Lewis is a Reader (Associate Professor) in Marketing at Cardiff Business School, Cardiff University. She is currently the ESRC Wales DTP Pathway Leader (Business Management). She has published in internationally recognised journals, such as Journal of Business Research, Journal of Environmental Psychology, Tourism Management, Journal of Services Marketing, Journal of Marketing Management and Annals of Tourism Research.
Bridging the gap between academia and the business community, Nicole is working closely with a number of external business partners contributing to raise the profile of the University. Her research and external academic engagement consistently informs her teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate level.
Nicole has been awarded the status of Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in February 2015 and is also a professional certified member of the Market Research Society.
Dr Harriet Ingle
Dr Ingle is a postdoctoral researcher in climate psychology at The Centre for Climate Justice, Glasgow Caledonian University. She is recognised by the British Psychological Society as one of the UK’s pioneering researchers investigating the effects of climate change on mental health. She has worked in clinical research for over 10 years (particularly working with individuals with life-limiting or terminal illnesses), and is applying her experience in experimental clinical neuropsychology to this emerging area of enquiry within psychology.
Her research interests include how climate change is impacting mental health from an individual and planetary health perspective; how these mental health impacts may impact physical health in the short and long term (taking a neuropsychological perspective); and spatial social science, mapping geophysical and meteorological features of landscapes against metrics of health.
Harriet is a registered chartered psychologist with the British Psychological Society, as well as a member of the Climate Psychology Alliance, the Royal Geographical Society Climate Change Research Group, and the Scottish Communities Climate Action Network.
Dr Paul Bain
Dr Bain is a Reader (Associate Professor) in Psychology at the University of Bath, with expertise in social and cross-cultural psychology. Paul is currently the University of Bath Pathway Lead for Sustainable Futures in the South West Doctoral Training Program (UK), and a Committee Member of the interdisciplinary GW4 Climate Alliance Programme (UK).
Paul’s research includes how people understand climate change and sustainability within and across cultures, and how people believe the actions taken to address these issues will change society. His research has been published in interdisciplinary journals including Nature Climate Change and Nature Sustainability.