• Amelia Sharman

    Former Research student

    Amelia’s PhD topic explored decision-making by public policymakers in relation to climate change. She is especially interested in the role that climate scepticism plays in shaping public policy debates and decisions over climate change.

    Amelia is the recipient of an LSE PhD scholarship and is supervised by Dr Richard Perkins.


    Amelia has a Master of Science (MSc) (Distinction) in Nature, Society and Environmental Policy from the University of Oxford, in addition to a Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Master of Arts (MA) (Hons) in Geography from the University of Auckland.

    Amelia has worked as a Senior Policy Advisor at the New Zealand Ministry of Economic Development and as a Sustainability Specialist for the International Hydropower Association.

    Research interests

    • Climate scepticism;
    • Evidence-based policy;
    • Uncertainty and controversy in political decision-making.


    Research article  11 March, 2016

    Climate stories: Why do climate scientists and sceptical voices participate in the climate debate?

    Public perceptions of the climate debate predominantly frame the key actors as climate scientists versus sceptical voices; however, it is unclear why climate scientists and sceptical voices choose to participate … read more »


    Working paper  18 September, 2015

    The impact of controversy on the production of scientific knowledge

    Much of the existing literature employing the framework of controversy focuses on the science-policy interface. However a clear gap exists regarding the way(s) in which controversy may fundamentally shape the … read more »

    Working paper  21 April, 2015

    Climate stories: why do climate scientists and sceptical voices participate in the climate debate?

    This paper explores the polarised debate between climate scientists and sceptical voices. It concludes that focusing on overlapping rationales, such as a sense of duty to publicly engage and recognition that political factors are a key topic of disagreement, as well as encouraging individuals to think critically about their own beliefs, may help to encourage constructive discussion and reduce polarisation. read more »

    Research article  19 February, 2015

    Labeling opinions in the climate debate: a critical review

    This paper critically reviews the literature on climate opinion labels, and the efforts taken within an academic context to categorize differences, create new taxonomies of more detailed sub‐labels, or create or argue for the use of new labels such as denier or contrarian. read more »


    Research article  6 April, 2014

    Mapping the climate sceptical blogosphere

    Global Environmental Change, 26: 159-170


    Working paper  1 August, 2013

    Mapping the climate sceptical blogosphere

    While mainstream scientific knowledge production has been extensively examined in the academic literature, comparatively little is known about alternative networks of scientific knowledge production. Online sources … read more »


    Research article  18 March, 2010

    Evidence-based policy or policy-based evidence gathering? Biofuels, the EU and the 10% target

    The 2009 Renewable Energy Directive mandates European Union member-states’ road transport fuel to comprise a minimum of 10% renewable content by 2020. This target is expected to be met … read more »

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    Policy publications  1 July, 2015

    2015 Climate Legislation Study

    This report summarises the main insights from the 2015 Global Climate Legislation Study. It is the fifth edition in a series dating back to 2010 (Townshend et al., 2011). Detailed … read more »

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    Commentary  18 March, 2016

    How to make the climate change debate more productive

    The climate change debate is a battle of attrition with a habit of getting nasty. Both sides in the debate (climate scientists and those that are sceptical of the science) … read more »


    In the news  19 February, 2015

    Deniers vs alarmists? It’s time to lose the climate debate labels

    Removing antagonistic labels from debates about climae change could enable more constructive discussion about specific issues of disagreement. read more »


    Commentary  23 March, 2012

    We need to provide the space for constructive debates on climate change. Ignoring climate scepticism won’t make it go away

    Amelia Sharman argues that a better understanding of how climate scepticism impacts policymaking is vital. We have to create a more critical dialogue about how scientific information on our climate… British … read more »

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    Public Lectures 20 Nov 2013

    Climate Change and Cocktails

    Speakers: Included David Stainforth, Naomi Hicks, Maria Carvalho, Amelia Sharman, David Wilson and Murray Collins Climate change experts from the Grantham Research Institute at the LSE and at Imperial College … read more »

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