Chris Shaw

University of Sussex

Senior Researcher


Christopher Shaw, Senior Researcher at Climate Outreach, is an inter-disciplinary researcher with over ten years years of experience in research and teaching in the area of climate policy, social geography, public engagement and socio-technical transitions. He holds a DPhil in global climate policy from the school of Law, Politics and Sociology, University of Sussex. His thesis was entitled Choosing a Dangerous Limit for Climate Change; How the Decision Making Process is Constructed in Public Discourses. (Oct 2006-April 2011). The thesis was examined by Professor Brian Wynne and Dr David Ockwell. The thesis how expert and policy constructions of a dangerous limit to climate change are reproduced in a broad range of public discourses. Christopher obtained an MSc in Social Research Methods at Sussex in 2006, with a focus on a broad set of qualitative research techniques and statistical analysis. His dissertation examined the construction of individual consumer behaviours as a solution to climate change. Prior to returning to academia Christopher worked for five years in marketing.


Christopher Shaw is an independent researcher. He has just completed two research projects. One of those projects was completed for the Institute of Development Studies, researching the effectiveness of participatory research in the global South. For the Sussex Energy Group Christopher has been analysing discourses employed in creating support for low-carbon energy innovations as part of the ‘Politics of low-carbon innovation research programme.  Christopher has taught for three years on the Comparative Sociology course and has hosted a number of seminars for Masters students at the Institute of Development Studies.

He is an affiliate of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change and an Associate of the Higher Education Academy.

Christopher is an active peer reviewer for Theory, Culture and Society, ranked first for cultural studies journals.

Selected Publications

  • Choosing a dangerous limit for climate change: public representations of the decision-making process. Global Environmental Change. Available at
  • The dangerous limits of dangerous limits: climate change and the precautionary principle (2010). In Nature, Society and Environmental Crisis, Eds. Carter, B and Charles, N. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Dangerous limits: Climate change and modernity (2010). In History at the end of the world? Eds. Levene, M, Johnson, R and Roberts, P. Penrith: HEB Publishing.


Contact information


Phone: 07930150871