Candice Howarth

Senior Policy Fellow - Place-based Climate Action Network (PCAN)

Candice Howarth

Dr Candice Howarth is a Senior Policy Fellow at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment. She is co-Director of the Place-based Climate Action Network (PCAN).

Her research interests focus on how the co-production of knowledge and science communication can be used to better inform decision-making in the context of climate resilience and sustainability challenges. As part of her work for PCAN she leads the Adaptation platform and manages the network of PCAN Analysts, Associates and Fellows. She also leads research on resilience to heat risk, narratives of climate action, and climate emergency declarations.

Candice chairs the Royal Geographical Society Climate Change Research Group, is a member of the Royal Meteorological Society Science Engagement group, sits on the London Heat Risk Group and is a core member of the GRI Heat Resilience Knowledge Hub. She contributed to the chapter on Industry and Business for the 3rd UK Climate Change Risk Assessment (CCRA3) and sits on the Editorial Board of the journal Environmental Communication.

She regularly advises a range of international, governments and non-governmental organisations, and she is a frequent speaker at academic and non-academic events.

Background

Prior to joining the Grantham Institute, Candice was a Senior Lecturer in Sustainability and Climate Change and Impact Lead at the University of Surrey. She was also the Knowledge Integrator for the Centre for Evaluation of Complexity Across the Nexus (CECAN) and previously led the Climate Action research theme at the Global Sustainability Institute.

She has worked in UK government (Department of Energy and Climate Change, Cabinet Office), a number of years in academia (Surrey, Anglia Ruskin, Imperial, Cambridge), conducted work for the European Commission, and has collaborated with a number of UK and international organisations.

Recently funded projects include: Assessing climate ambition in the UK climate emergency declarations (PCAN, 2020-2021), Exploring ‘new civil’ politics on climate change at local and national levels (BA, 2019 – Lead: University of Lincoln), Increasing resilience to UK heatwaves (University of Surrey, 2018), Visualising climate impacts (University of Surrey, 2018), Improving responses to Nexus Shocks (ESRC, 2015, 2016), Creating narratives on the UK 5th Carbon Budget (WWF, 2016), and The role of practitioners in the IPCC process (CCCEP, 2014).

Candice has an interdisciplinary background in climate policy and pro-environmental behaviour with degrees in meteorology (BSc), climate change (MSc) and a PhD in climate change and pro-environmental behaviour.

Research Interests

  • Assessing the UK landscape of climate emergency declarations
  • Improving resilience to heat risk and the role of narratives
  • Communications, co-production, pro-environmental behaviour and the science-policy interface
  • Local and national public engagement and action on climate change
  • Assessment and evaluation of climate policy in the UK