Public views and the climate crisis: values, practices and policy change

The climate and ecological crisis is a defining issue of our time. An array of research points to a breadth and depth of public concern, as well as identifying substantive and explanatory puzzles relating to the scope for effecting meaningful change. However there is relatively little sociological evidence on public values and engagement as relevant to low carbon transitions. This research project is investigating perceptions, subjective orientations, values and moral reasoning. It includes a new, Leeds wide, survey and linked semi-structured interviews with members of the public. The research will inform deliberative workshops, bringing together members of the public, Leeds City Council and other city stakeholders. The workshops will develop, test and refine principles for policy on low carbon transition.

A short summary of findings from our survey is available here

Prof. Sarah Irwin is leading the project, with Dr. Katy Wright (SSP) and Dr. Katy Roelich (Faculty of Environment).