Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Climate Politics
Area of work, and why it’s important:
I am researching how social norms and social movements such as Fridays for Future and Extinction Rebellion are shaping the public’s perception of the climate crisis and changing policy makers’ attitudes. So many of our opinions are shaped by our society and our peers’ attitudes towards certain topics, so getting everyone on board is vital for large scale change.
What will you be doing at COP26?
I will be at COP26 to observe, network, and learn from others around the world doing great research and leading exciting projects. I’m excited to attend events about how countries in the Global South are handling the effects of the climate crisis.
What are your hopes for the COP26 negotiations?
I hope for the outputs of COP to be as accessible as possible to the general public, so they feel informed and involved. It’s so important for people to see how these large conferences are relevant to their daily lives, so I hope the public are reassured that the negotiations are worthwhile and decision-makers can show they are making tackling the climate emergency a priority.
Any tips for readers about climate action?
Even if you don’t agree with everyone’s methods remember the shared cause we’re all fighting for. There are so many documentaries and resources out there to learn of different approaches to tackling the climate crisis and small changes you can do to help.