Dr Candice Howarth is a Senior Policy Fellow at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment. She is co-Director of the Place-based Climate Action Network (PCAN).
Her research interests focus 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. As part of her work for PCAN she leads the Adaptation platform and manages the network of PCAN Analysts, Associates and Fellows. She also leads research on resilience to heat risk, narratives of climate action, and climate emergency declarations.
Candice chairs the Royal Geographical Society Climate Change Research Group, is a member of the Royal Meteorological Society Science Engagement group, sits on the London Heat Risk Group and is a core member of the GRI Heat Resilience Knowledge Hub. She contributed to the chapter on Industry and Business for the 3rd UK Climate Change Risk Assessment (CCRA3) and sits on the Editorial Board of the journal Environmental Communication.
She regularly advises a range of international, governments and non-governmental organisations, and she is a frequent speaker at academic and non-academic events.
Prior to joining the Grantham Institute, Candice was a Senior Lecturer in Sustainability and Climate Change and 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: Assessing climate ambition in the UK climate emergency declarations (PCAN, 2020-2021), Exploring ‘new civil’ politics on climate change at local and national levels (BA, 2019 – Lead: University of Lincoln), Increasing resilience to UK heatwaves (University of Surrey, 2018), Visualising climate impacts (University of Surrey, 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.
- Assessing the UK landscape of climate emergency declarations
- Improving resilience to heat risk and the role of narratives
- Communications, co-production, pro-environmental behaviour and the science-policy interface
- Local and national public engagement and action on climate change
- Assessment and evaluation of climate policy in the UK
Prospective PhD students
Candice welcomes enquiries from prospective PhD students with shared interests and a strong background in climate communication, local climate action, resilience to climate risks, and innovative mechanisms of climate governance.– Visit the ‘Study with us’ page for further information on applying to be a PhD student with us.
Research - 2021
Through a comparative case study of two processes that ran in the UK in 2019 (the Leeds Climate Change Citizens’ Jury and the Oxford Citizens’ Assembly on Climate Change), this paper investigates how far citizen assemblies and juries are increasing citizen engagement on climate change and creating more citizen-centred climate policymaking. Read more
Using interview data with experts working on climate emergency declarations research across the UK, the authors of this paper critically discusses four themes that have underpinned and catalysed the changing geographies of civil-state relationships within the climate emergency and what this may mean for future global climate governance. Read more
Focusing on London, UK, this paper presents evidence collected via semi-structured interviews with experts and practitioners involved in the propagation of climate emergency declarations to critically explore how and why these declarations emerged, and the various different roles they are perceived to play for different local actors. Read more
Perceptions of climate change and associated risks are complex and require greater consideration of the context in which behaviours are formed... Read more
Research - 2020
Using an analysis of UK decision-makers managing and responding to heatwaves and flood risks, this paper argues how more robust local evidence is needed to inform decision-making regarding adaptation options for enhancing local resilience. Read more
This paper draws lessons from the COVID-19 crisis for climate change. Read more
This Primer discusses the heterogeneous manner in which climate change messaging is received by different audiences, how social scientific approaches could help to better tailor climate change messaging to this varied landscape, and how attempts to close this gap must consider the emotional and affective dimensions of climate messaging. Read more
Research - 2019
This paper adds new insights to the relationship between city-regionalism, the territorial logics of the competition state and how climate... Read more
Policy - 2021
Written evidence submitted in 2020 to the House of Commons Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee Inquiry on Flooding, whose Fourth Report was published on 8 February 2021. Read more
Events - 2021
Events - 2020
News - 2020
The UK government has announced an all-male COP26 leadership team. A line-up that includes women would not only be more representative, but could also be more effective and trusted, argue the authors of this commentary. Read more
Candice Howarth and Matt Lane consider how we can better align knowledge on climate change resilience with the needs of local decision-makers, including by improving the accessibility of the UK’s Climate Change Risk Assessments. Read more
A new paper draws lessons from COVID-19 for the fight against climate change, arguing that people are willing to change their behaviour as long as there is a clear social mandate. Candice Howarth summarises the analysis. Read more
PCAN (Place-based Climate Action Network), 28 February Read more
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