Kate Lock

My job is to carry out all communications activities for the Priestley International Centre for Climate, external and internal. I manage the website, write press releases, news stories and blog entries, manage our social media, produce materials, edit the newsletter, organise and promote events and liaise with journalists and press officers. I work co-operatively with the University’s communications team and CCCEP communications officer to promote the extensive climate change research at Leeds.

I also work with Priestley Centre members on their communications requirements and offer bespoke support to promote research and publications. I help publicise Priestley co-badged events, talks and seminars and give guidance on media-related issues, from writing to interviews.


My background spans a wide range of media, from news journalism and feature-writing to editing and publishing. I’ve worked in the media for 30 years, having begun my career in local newpapers in Oxford before moving to London to work for the BBC in a variety of roles. I have worked as a freelance writer for national and regional press, written a regular environmental column and published 11 books. I’m also an experienced event organiser and have delivered a wide range of events from public debates to festivals.

I moved into climate change research through work as a research associate with the Stockholm Environment Institute at the University of York (2011-2013). I returned to academia in 2014 and did a Masters in Sustainability at the University of Leeds, specialising in Environmental Politics and Policy (graduating with Distinction). My research project focused on discourses on climate change and I have a special interest in climate change communication and UK climate policy.

Contact Kate

Tel: 0113 3439767
Email: K.M.Lock@leeds.ac.uk