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Five principles for good public engagement: How to get people involved in the climate conversation

July 2024

This briefing is aimed at politicians, policymakers and practitioners working to engage people with climate action and sustainable behaviour change. It draws on CAST’s extensive evidence base, as well as wider research.


Ethnicity and UK climate perceptions: Why we need greater diversity in engagement and research

July 2024

This report brings together preliminary insights on how people of colour in Britain experience, perceive and engage with climate change and climate policy. It outlines why UK climate discourse must better consider the perspectives of different ethnicities and recommends actions that researchers, research funders, insights commissioners and campaigners can take.


Behaviour change interventions to encourage uptake of e-bike shared mobility in Cornwall

May 2024

Cornwall Council is working with researchers from the Centre for Climate Change and Social (CAST) to develop recommendations for encouraging low-carbon behaviours among residents and Council employees, including the uptake of active travel (i.e., walking, wheeling, or cycling). This report presents the findings of a study which trialled two behaviour change interventions to encourage people to use active modes; 151 residents and 14 Council staff took part.


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How ​​not​​ to transform: Learning from the backlash against low-carbon heating policy in Germany

April 2024

This briefing is intended for academics and policymakers interested in climate policy backlash specifically ​concerning ​the decarbonisation of domestic heating.


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“But we’re a meat-eating family”: Engaging environmentally concerned but politically distrustful groups on reducing meat and dairy

April 2024

This briefing is intended for practitioners, researchers, and community organisations working on encouraging low-carbon lifestyle changes related to food and diet, particularly with audiences who are more likely to identify as working class.


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Public perceptions of climate change and policy action in the UK, China, Sweden and Brazil from 2020 – 2023

April 2024

This briefing note is intended as a resource for specialists, researchers, policymakers, and others interested in public perceptions of climate change in the UK, China, Sweden and Brazil.


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Reducing domestic water use: learning from everyday routines: A briefing for policy makers and innovators

April 2024

This briefing note explores how insights from everyday life – particularly from research that investigates the diversity and complexity of people’s ordinary patterns of water use – can support impactful, systemic changes to reduce water demand and its associated energy use.


Catalysts of Change: People at the Heart of Climate Transformations

March 2024

Drawing on five years of CAST research conducted in collaboration with policymakers, local authorities, charities, businesses and community groups, this report synthesises five key messages and sheds light on how we can achieve the social changes needed to tackle climate change. The report provides useful insights and recommendations for policymakers and practitioners working towards emissions reductions and net zero targets. It is a vital resource for people involved in policy, business, charity projects, community groups and the media and illuminates the importance of people-centred climate policy and provides actionable steps to better engage the public with climate solutions. 


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‘Moments of Change’ for Low-Carbon Behaviour

March 2024

This briefing note is intended as a resource for decision-makers and other stakeholders who aim to improve the design and implementation of climate policy.


March 2024

Undertaken as part of the Centre for Climate Change and Social Transformation’s (CAST), as part of its Visioning Theme, this report details our approach to engaging local publics in imagining a low-carbon future. We provide a detailed account of our method, describing the visioning workshops we conducted with participants in the UK, China and Sweden. The main aim of this report is to showcase the co-developed place-based visions created by our participants, presenting illustrated accounts of their place-based visions for a low-carbon future in a way that would not be possible in an academic paper.


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How can you change sustainability behaviours in your workplace?

February 2024

This briefing note is a resource for businesses and organisations of any size that want to help employees be more sustainable at work.


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Academic researchers’ perceptions of climate action in UK universities: A briefing for the university sector

January 2024

This briefing note is intended as a resource for all those working in the university sector.


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How public engagement can support reducing car use: A briefing for policy makers and communicators

December 2023

This briefing note from Climate Outreach and the Centre for Climate and Social Transformations (CAST) is aimed at policymakers and summarises key evidence on the social, cultural and communication challenges in reducing car usage.


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How can politicians avoid a net-zero backlash? The role of public engagement: a briefing for policy makers and communicators

November 2023

This briefing note from Climate Outreach and the Centre for Climate and Social Transformations (CAST) aims to advise politicians and advocacy groups on the role of public engagement in reducing any net-zero ‘backlash’.


November 2023

This report, written by Carly Baker, Rhiannon Craft and Prof Wouter Poortinga, presents the findings of a pilot project, in collaboration with Keep Wales Tidy, exploring sustainable models for repair and reuse hubs in Wales. It includes a literature review, four case studies, and the results of in-depth interviews with two policy experts and six practitioners involved in the running of existing repair and reuse centres. As well as this, it comprises recommendations for the Welsh Government in their plans to support 80 repair and reuse ‘hubs’ across Wales.


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Managing Water Demand in a Changing Climate

October 2023

This briefing note is intended as a resource for academics and stakeholders in the water industry who are exploring options for managing water resources in the context of a changing climate.


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Motivating low-carbon behaviours in the workforce
– Insights from Cornwall Council

October 2023

The briefing note is intended as a resource for local authorities and other organisations wanting to encourage low-carbon behaviours in their workforce to help meet internal carbon reduction targets.


Cornwall Council behaviour change and engagement programme – survey of residents

September 2023

This report, written by Dr Mark Wilson and Professor Lorraine Whitmarsh MBE for Cornwall Council, presents the survey findings which measured Cornwall residents’ perceptions of climate change and their current behaviours in four key lifestyle areas: travel, home energy use, products they buy, and food, and their willingness to alter some of these behaviours in favour of low-carbon alternatives. It also measured to what extent the cost-of-living crisis has already prompted behaviour change. The purpose of this report is to help develop recommendations for encouraging low-carbon behaviours and to provide an evidence base to inform the Council’s climate action.


International Round Table – Accelerating Climate Mitigation at City Level

July 2023

This report, written by Dr Tim Braunholtz-Speight, Prof. Carly McLachlan and Harry Barton, provides a summary of key themes and questions that emerged from discussions at the online International Round Table on Accelerating Climate Mitigation at City Level hosted by CAST, The Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research and the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA), giving an indication of the pressing issues and current approaches being adopted by those at the forefront of making climate change mitigation happen at city and regional scales. 


Organisational transformations for a greener future

February 2023

This report shows how transformative change is being driven through the integration of behavioural and technological innovations and provides a set of principles with applicability across the diverse business community. It provides evidence from 4 case studies of different UK businesses, with each working to achieve their own vision for sustainability.


From carbon footprints to cultural influence: engaging live music audiences on travel choices

November 2022

By harnessing the cultural footprint live events have, can faster progress be made on cutting their carbon footprint? This report – supported by the CAST Impact Fund – is based on roundtable discussions with specialists from across the music industry, a survey of festival audience members, and a review of climate communication research.


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Public worry about climate change and energy security in the cost-of-living crisis

November 2022

The briefing note is intended as a useful resource for academics, decision makers and other stakeholder who are interested in public responses to climate change, energy security and affordability.


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What advice do climate change advisory bodies provide to policymakers? Results from the first longitudinal analysis of the UK Climate Change Committee’s policy recommendations.

November 2022

This briefing is intended as a resource for academics, decision makers and other stakeholders who are interested in the advice provided to policymakers by climate change advisory bodies.


Developing an evidence-based toolkit for car reduction

October 2022

In collaboration between CAST, Climate Outreach and the Scottish Government we seek to understand and support the development of evidence-based messages to build awareness of and engage with some key audiences around visions of transitions to lower-carbon transport lifestyles in Scotland.


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Travel attitudes and behaviours in Cardiff 2021: Results from the first wave of the Cardiff Travel Survey conducted in May-July 2021 

September 2022

This briefing note is intended as a resource for academics, decision makers and other stakeholders who aim to improve the design and implementation of climate policy.


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The road to net zero: UK public preferences for low-carbon lifestyles

September 2022

This briefing note is intended as a resource for academics, decision makers and other stakeholders who are interested in public climate change opinions and societal responses to climate change.


Net Zero Living

June 2022

Together with Ipsos we have taken an in-depth look at the public’s attitudes towards climate change and how policymakers can increase support for, and participation in, sustainable policies. 


Accessible veg: A pilot project exploring the barriers and benefits to CSA memberships for food insecure households

June 2022

The Accessible Veg project was set up to help food-insecure households get fresh vegetables by becoming members of their local community-supported agriculture (CSA) veg bag scheme.


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Coronavirus and Climate Change in the United Kingdom: Perceptions, Policies and Trade-Offs

February 2022

This briefing note is intended as a resource for academics, decision makers and other stakeholders who are working with transformation-related concepts.


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What do we know about transformational climate change mitigation?

January 2022

This briefing note is intended as a resource for academics, decision makers and other stakeholders who are working with transformation-related concepts.


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Policy feedback and climate change

January 2022

This briefing note is intended as a resource for decision makers and other stakeholders who aim to improve the design and implementation of climate policy.


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Public perceptions of climate change and policy action in the UK, China, Sweden and Brazil.

November 2021

This briefing and associated infographics are intended as a useful resource for practitioners and researchers who are interested in public climate change opinions and societal responses to climate change.


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UK public support for net zero policies

October 2021

This briefing is intended as a useful resource for practitioners and researchers who are interested in public climate change opinions and societal responses to climate change.


Citizens’ Climate Assemblies: Understanding public deliberation for climate policy

July 2021

This report presents an in-depth analysis of climate deliberation, focussed on the UK’s national Climate Assembly, France’s Convention Citoyenne, and regional UK processes.


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UK perceptions of climate change and lifestyle change: results from CAST’s wave 1 survey on public perceptions of climate change and the four areas of diet, transport, heating and consumption

March 2021

This briefing and associated infographics are intended as a useful resource for practitioners and researchers who are interested in public climate change opinions and societal responses to climate change.


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Achieving low-carbon and equitable lifestyle change

January 2021

This is part of a series of CAST Briefing Papers which are intended as an accessible resource for researchers and practitioners working on societal responses to climate change.


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Tracking the effect of Covid-19 on low-carbon behaviours and attitudes to climate change.

December 2020

This is part of a series of CAST Briefing Papers which are intended as an accessible resource for researchers and practitioners working on societal responses to climate change.


Use of aviation by climate change researchers: Structural influences, personal attitudes, and information provision

Prof Lorraine Whitmarsh MBE, Dr Stuart Capstick, Isabelle Moore, Jana Köhler, Corinne Le Quéré.

Global Environmental Change (2020)


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How has Covid-19 impacted low carbon lifestyles and attitudes towards climate action?

August 2020

This briefing is intended as a resource for both academic and non-academic teams engaged in climate change mitigation and adaptation planning, particularly those interested in societal responses to climate change.


The Co-Benefits of Climate Action: Accelerating City-Level Ambition

August 2020

This report from CDP, The Tyndall Centre, and CAST, looks at the additional benefits that climate action delivers, and how cities can utilise these in their decision-making processes.


CASPI REPORT & WEBINAR

April 2019

The report, commissioned by the Low-carbon Lifestyles & Behavioural Spillover (CASPI) team at Cardiff University, is designed for the wide range of individuals and organisations involved in influencing sustainable behaviours, including national policy-makers, local authorities, professional campaigners, and those leading community-level initiatives.

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