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 - 2016

Research - 2015

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 - 2014

Research - 2013

Research - 2010


Policy - 2015


Events - 2014


News - 2016

News - 2015

News - 2012

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