Christina Demski

Cardiff University

Lecturer

Research summary

My research interests can broadly be described as examining issues within risk perception and communication, and examining public responses to emerging and complex socio-technical issues. I have particular expertise in public attitudes and acceptability towards environmental and energy issues (eg climate change, energy security, renewable energy). This work is shaped by a strong interdisciplinary perspective using mixed-method research, although I have particular expertise in quantitative survey methods.

My recent and current projects include a focus on:

  • Public values, attitudes and  acceptability of whole energy system transformations, including framing and decision- making with regards to energy futures. This work has a whole systems focus including issues around supply (e.g. renewable technologies), demand (e.g. practices and behaviour) and governance (e.g. demand-side management).
  • Perceptions of costs associated with energy transitions, and the role responsibility and trust play in informing public acceptance.
  • Perceptions and acceptance of energy storage technologies and associated governance models
  • Public perceptions of climate change and low-carbon futures. This aspect of my research includes a broad set of projects including the role of flooding experience for engagement with climate change and framing climate communication messages.

I have received funding from the ESRC, UKERC, EPSRC, Leverhulme Trust, and Welsh Government for this work.

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