New SWM project – How can behaviour change influence climate change risks and opportunities?

The Adaptation Sub-Committee (ASC) of the UK Committee on Climate Change has commissioned AECOM (along with partners Sustainability West Midlands, London Climate Change Partnership, Sniffer and Climate Northern Ireland) to undertake research to help understand how behaviour change can influence climate change risks and opportunities. This is one of five pieces of research commissioned by the ASC to inform the next version of the UK Climate Change Risk Assessment, which is due for release in 2020.

Key research questions include:

  • What are the observed behaviours different groups adopt in anticipation of a climate-related impact, or when they experience a climate-related impact?
  • What are the observed behaviours different groups adopt in anticipation of, or when they experience a climate change opportunity or benefit?
  • What factors have been shown to / are likely to influence these behaviours?
  • What impact do these behaviours have on the resulting net impact from the event?  Is the effect always likely to be constant, for example given the different size of potential future impacts under global temperature rises of 2°C and 4°C?
  • Could those behaviours that are effective in reducing risk be further incentivised and by which interventions?

This piece of research will consider various types of hazard, including flooding, extreme heat, drought and storms. It will commence with an extensive literature review in November 2018, include a period of stakeholder engagement across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland between approximately March and June 2019 and culminate in January 2020 with a report to the ASC.

If you’d like to be involved, or know of any organisations that would like to be involved and contribute, please get in touch with Alan Carr, Senior Sustainability Adviser at SWM at alan.carr@swm.org.uk.