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CECAN Associate: Candice Howarth

Dr Candice Howarth is a Senior Lecturer in Sustainability and Climate Change communication at the University of Surrey and currently holds the position of the ESRC Nexus Network Fellow. She is interested in how co-production of knowledge and science communication can be used to better inform decision making in the context of sustainability challenges. Her research focuses on science communication, the science-policy interface and nexus-related decision making and in particular her research explores the following questions: (i) How can sustainability communication positively affect pro-environmental behaviours? (ii) How can responses to climate change and weather shocks be better informed? (iii) How can processes of co-production better inform decision making?

She has extensive expertise in designing and implementing innovative methods for collecting and analysing qualitative and quantitative data. Her PhD explored the role of climate messaging in overcoming perceived barriers to behaviour change and she has led research on a number of projects on science communication, co-production, practitioner evidence and the IPCC process, and nexus shocks.

She has worked in the Department of Energy and Climate Change, the Cabinet Office and the European Commission. She is a member of the UCL Policy Commission on Communicating Climate Science, chairs the Nexus Shocks Network, sits on the Royal Meteorological Society Climate Science Communication group, and is a committee member of the BSA Climate Change Study Group. She is the Editor of the International Journal of Climate Change: Impacts and Responses, and sits on the Editorial Board of Environmental Communication.

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