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.
- Climate scepticism;
- Evidence-based policy;
- Uncertainty and controversy in political decision-making.
Research - 2016
Public perceptions of the climate debate predominantly frame the key actors as climate scientists versus sceptical voices; however, it is... Read more
Research - 2015
Much of the existing literature employing the framework of controversy focuses on the science-policy interface. However a clear gap exists... Read more
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
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 - 2014
Global Environmental Change, 26: 159-170 Read more
Research - 2013
Working Paper 124 Abstract While mainstream scientific knowledge production has been extensively examined in the academic literature, comparatively little is... Read more
Research - 2010
Abstract The 2009 Renewable Energy Directive mandates European Union member-states’ road transport fuel to comprise a minimum of 10% renewable... Read more
Policy - 2015
This report summarises the main insights from the 2015 Global Climate Legislation Study. It is the fifth edition in a... Read more
News - 2016
The climate change debate is a battle of attrition with a habit of getting nasty. Both sides in the debate... Read more
News - 2015
Removing antagonistic labels from debates about climae change could enable more constructive discussion about specific issues of disagreement. Read more
News - 2012
Amelia Sharman argues that a better understanding of how climate scepticism impacts policymaking is vital. We have to create a more... Read more