Dr Candice Howarth is a Senior Lecturer in Sustainability and Climate Change Communication at the University of Surrey.
She has a PhD in climate communication and travel behaviour (University of Southampton), an MSc in Climate Change (University of East Anglia) and a BSc Meteorology (University of Reading). Her research focuses on perceptions of climate change, science communication, the science-policy interface and nexus-related decision making.
Candice is interested in how co-production of knowledge and climate communication can be used to better inform decision making in the context of sustainability challenges. Her research focuses on perceptions of climate change, science communication, the science-policy interface and nexus-related decision making and in particular her research explores the following questions:
- How can sustainability and climate change communication positively affect pro-environmental behaviours?
- How can responses to climate change and weather shocks be better informed?
- How can we better engage the public and policy on climate change and sustainability challenges?
- 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 UK Department of Energy and Climate Change, the Cabinet Office and the European Commission. She sits on the Royal Meteorological Society Climate Science Communication Group, is a member of the UCL Policy Commission on Communicating Climate Science and chairs the Nexus Shocks Network. She sits on the Editorial board of Environmental Communication and is a member of the International Environmental Communication Association, Public Communication of Science and Technology Network and the International Association of Public-Environment Studies
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Phone: +44 (0)1483 684380 / 688914 / 684378
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Senate House, University of Surrey
Guildford, Surrey GU2 7XH
Dr Howarth has been awarded a Fellowship from the University of Surrey's Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences to develop a programme of research on Communication of climate risks in the UK.
She is also leading a project in collaboration with the Psychology Department and funded by the University's Urban Living Fund entitled Increasing sustainable travel behaviour in urban environments: Proactive and reactive responses to environmental images in a digital setting
I welcome enquiries from prospective PhD researchers and collaborators about undertaking further work related to my research interests
Past projects Dr Howarth has been involved in include:
- Principal Investigator, Nexus Shocks Fellowship, ESRC Nexus Network (2016-2017)
- Senior Research Fellow & Knowledge Integrator, The Centre for the Evaluation of Complexity Across the Nexus, ESRC (2016-2017)
- Principal Investigator, Positive Vision: Creating Narratives on the UK 5th Carbon Budget, WWF, (2016)
- Principal Investigator, Shocks to the food-energy-water nexus: impacts and responses, ESRC Nexus Network networking grant programme (2015)
- Principal Investigator, Overcoming the climate language barrier: An innovation policy approach to improving the IPCC process, ESRC/CCCEP Climate Policy Innovation Fund (2014)
- Principal Investigator, International Climate Change Engagement and Communication with NGOs and Civil Society, Department of Energy and Climate Change (2013-2014)
- Work Package Leader, WE@EU: Water Efficiency in European Urban Areas, EU Commission Coordination and support action funding (2013-2016)
- Principal Investigator, Developing a promotional Green Deal Assessment Programme in Cambridgeshire, South Cambridgeshire District Council, Evaluation partner (2013)
- Principal Investigator, Evaluation of Green Deal trials, Department of Energy and Climate Change (2012)
I teach on a variety of courses at the Undergraduate and Postgraduate levels in the School of Hospitality and Tourism, the Centre for Environmental Strategy, the Department of Sociology and the Department of Psychology.
I teach on the following topics: climate change, sustainability, science communication, science policy interface, nexus related decision making, research methods
- Howarth, C. (2017) Telling stories on climate change and low carbon futures: Framing narratives around the UK's fifth Carbon Budget. Special Issue on “Narratives and storytelling in energy and climate change research”, Journal of Energy Research and Social Science
- Jacobs, R. & Howarth, C. (under review) Perspectives on scale: art/science collaborations across the local and global. Special Issue “Communicating Science & Collaborating for Resilient Solutions to Climate Change”, Intal Jnl Clim Chge: Imp & Resp
- Howarth, C. & Brooks, K. (2017) Local level decision-making on climate change and building resilience to nexus shocks - implications for collaboration and communication. Sustainability, 9(838)
- Howarth, C., Viner, D., Dessai, S., Rapley, C. & Jones, A. (2017) Co-producing climate change knowledge: incorporating practitioner evidence in the IPCC WGII process. Climate Services
- Howarth, C. & Sharman, A. (2017) The Influence of Labels & Incivility in the Climate Change Debate. Oxford Encyclopedia of Climate Communication. DOI: 10.1093/acrefore/9780190228620.013.382
- Howarth, C. & Painter, J. (2016) The IPCC and local decision making on climate change: a robust science-policy interface? Palgrave Communications, 2:16058, doi: 10.1057/palcomms.2016.58
- Jacobs, R., Luger, E. & Howarth, C. (2016) The Prediction Machine: Performing Scientific and Artistic Process. Proceedings of the 2016 ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems, 497-508
- Howarth, C. & Monasterolo, I. (2016) Understanding barriers to decision making in the UK energy-food-water nexus: The added value of interdisciplinary approaches. Environmental Science & Policy, 61, 53-60.
- Sharman, A. & Howarth, C. (2016) Building bridges between climate scientists and sceptical voices: Implications for public perceptions of climate change. Public Understanding of Science, 1-17, Doi: 10.1177/0963662516632453
- Sharman, A. & Howarth, C. (2015) Climate stories: why climate scientists and sceptical voices participate in the climate debate? CCCEP Working Paper 216/GRI Working Paper 191
- Howarth, C. & Black, R. (2015) Local science-media engagement needed to increase trust and understanding of climate change. Nature Climate Change, 5(5), 506-508
- Howarth, C. and Sharman, A. (2015) Labelling opinions in the climate debate: a critical review. WIRES Climate Change, 6(2), 239-254, doi: 10.1002/wcc.332 • Viner, D. & Howarth, C. (2014) Practitioner's work & evidence in IPCC reports. Nature Climate Change, 4, 848-849
- Rapley, C., de Meyer, K., Carney, J., Howarth, C., Clarke, R., Smith, N., Stilgoe, J., Youngs, S. (2014) Time for a change? Climate Science Reconsidered. Report of the UCL Policy Commission on Communicating Climate Science.
- Howarth, C. (2013) Climate change information framework for behaviour change: Applications to UK travel. The International Journal of Climate Change: Impacts & Responses. 5(1), p55-75.
- Jones, A., Allen, I., Silver, N., Howarth, C., Cameron, C. & Caldecott, B. (2013) Resource constraints: sharing a finite world: Implications of Limits to Growth for Actuarial Profession, Actuarial Profession
- Howarth, C. and Polyviou, P. (2012) Sustainable travel behaviour and the widespread impacts to the local economy. Local Economy, 27(7), p762-779.
- Roberts, T., Hargreaves, T., Butler, C. & Howarth, C. (in prep) Eds. Re-configuring practices for a post carbon world. SAGE/British Sociological Association
- Painter, J., Erviti, M.C., Fletcher, R., Howarth, C., Kristiansen, S., León, B., Ouakrat, A., Russell, A., Schafer, M. (2016) Something old, something new: digital media and the coverage of climate change. Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, University of Oxford.
- Howarth, C. Ed. (2016) What we've learnt so far: findings from the Nexus shocks network. Global Sustainability Institute.
- Howarth, C. Ed. (2013) Big Challenges, Creative Solutions. Illustrations from the Global Sustainability Institute 2013 Conference. Illustrations by Lukewarm and Design by Creative Warehouse.
- Howarth, C. & Roberts, B. (in prep) The role of the UK Green Deal in shaping practice for a post-carbon world: insights from two case studies, In Re-configuring practices for a post carbon world. BSA/Sage
- Hills, D., Uprichard, E., Penn, A., Wilkinson, A., Howarth, C., Gilbert, N. (in prep) Magenta Book Annex on complexity.
- Russell, A., Howarth, C. (2016) Similarities and differences in sources, tones and advocacy; In (Eds) Something old, something new: digital media and the coverage of climate change. Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, University of Oxford.
- Howarth, C. and Ryley, T. (2012), Chapter 10 A Behavioural Perspective on the Relationship Between Transport and Climate Change, in Ryley, T. and Chapman, L (ed.) Transport and Climate Change (Transport and Sustainability, Volume 2), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp.261-286.