Candice Howarth

Policy Fellow - Place-based Climate Action Network (PCAN)

Candice is a Policy Fellow at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment leading the Place-based Climate Action Network (PCAN) activities. She also leads broader research on how the co-production of knowledge and science communication can be used to better inform decision making in the context of climate resilience and sustainability challenges.

She Chairs the Royal Geographical Society Climate Change Research Group, sits on the Royal Meteorological Society Climate Science Communication group, the London Heat Risk Group and the UCL Policy Commission on Communicating Climate Science. She is a reviewer for the 3rd UK Climate Change Risk Assessment (CCRA3) methodology and sits on the Editorial Board of Environmental Communication.


Prior to joining the Grantham Institute, Candice was a Senior Lecturer in Sustainability and Climate Change and her School’s Impact Lead at the University of Surrey. She was also the Knowledge Integrator for the Centre for Evaluation of Complexity Across the Nexus (CECAN) and previously led the Climate Action research theme at the Global Sustainability Institute.

She has worked in UK government (Department of Energy and Climate Change, Cabinet Office), a number of years in academia (Surrey, Anglia Ruskin, Imperial, Cambridge), conducted work for the European Commission, and has collaborated with a number of UK and international organisations. Recently funded projects include: Exploring ‘new civil’ politics on climate change at local and national levels (BA, 2019 – Lead: UoLincoln), Increasing resilience to UK heatwaves (UofSurrey, 2018), Visualising climate impacts (UoSurrey, 2018), Improving responses to Nexus Shocks (ESRC, 2015, 2016), Creating narratives on the UK 5th Carbon Budget (WWF, 2016), and The role of practitioners in the IPCC process (CCCEP, 2014).

Candice has an interdisciplinary background in climate policy and pro-environmental behaviour with degrees in meteorology (BSc), climate change (MSc) and a PhD in climate change and pro-environmental behaviour.

Research Interests

  • Improving resilience to climate and weather shocks
  • Communications, co-production, pro-environmental behaviour and the science-policy interface
  • Local and national public engagement on climate and sustainability
  • Assessment and evaluation of climate policy in the UK
Commentary  28 February, 2020

How scientists can work with local media to tell more engaging climate stories

PCAN (Place-based Climate Action Network), 28 February

Commentary  19 February, 2020

Communicating climate change: tips for climate researchers

This article offers hints and tips for climate scientists and experts seeking to communicate with policy makers and the public. It is based on a recent workshop held by organised by the Royal Geographical Society Climate Change Research Group (CCRG). read more »


In the news  19 November, 2019

The new civil politics of climate change

Can schools, colleges and universities augment government policy action? read more »

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Conferences 15 Jan 2020

Communicating climate research to policy audiences | RGS CCRG workshop

In partnership with the LSE Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment and the Priestley International Centre for Climate, the RGS Climate Change Research Group (CCRG) is delighted … read more »

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