Catherine Vaughan

Research Student, University of Leeds

Catherine Vaughan

Cathy’s project title is “Climate service for society”. Her work explores the contexts in which climate information is more or less useful for societal decision making, and the sorts of institutional arrangement that support the development of climate services.


Cathy has master’s degrees in International Relations (Yale University, 2007) and Climate & Society (Columbia University, 2008). Her undergraduate degree, in history and biology, was awarded with high honors from Swarthmore College.

Cathy has worked at the International Research Institute for Climate & Society since 2007, where she coordinates work in Latin America and helps to manage the Climate Services Partnership. Cathy previously served with the US Peace Corps in rural Zambia.

Research interests

  • Climate services evaluation
  • Organizational network theory
  • Science for society
  • Evidence-based decision making