Nick Pidgeon

Cardiff University



Role at Tyndall
Nick is part of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research and Professor of Environmental Psychology and Director of the Understanding Risk Research Group at Cardiff University

Research Interests
Nick works on risk, risk perception, and risk communication and as such his research is interdisciplinary at the interface of social psychology, environmental sciences, and science and technology studies. He is currently researching public responses to energy technologies (e.g. nuclear power, renewable energy), climate change risks, and climate geoengineering. He has in the past led numerous policy oriented projects on issues of public responses to environmental risk issues and on ‘science in society’ for UK Government Departments, the Research Councils, the Royal Society, and Charities. He has been a member of the UK Department for Energy and Climate Change’s Science Advisory Group (SAG), and theme leader for the Climate Change Consortium for Wales.

Nick was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the British Science Association in 2011, and an MBE in the 2014 Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to climate change awareness and energy security policy. In 2006 he chaired a Parliamentary inquiry whose report ‘Is a Cross-Party Consensus on Climate Change Possible – or Desirable?’ recommended the setting up of the UK Climate Change Committee, an institutional innovation subsequently enacted in the 2008 Climate Change Act. 


Thomas, M., Partridge, T., Harthorn, B. H., & Pidgeon, N. (2017). Deliberating the perceived risks, benefits, and societal implications of shale gas and oil extraction by hydraulic fracturing in the US and UK. Nature Energy, 2, 17054.

Thomas, al. 2017. Public perceptions of hydraulic fracturing for shale gas and oil in the United States and CanadaWIRES Climate Change , pp. e450. (10.1002/wcc.450) pdf

Cherry, al. 2017. Homes as machines: Exploring expert and public imaginaries of low carbon housing futures in the United KingdomEnergy Research and Social Science 23, pp. 36-45. (10.1016/j.erss.2016.10.011) pdf

Demski, al. 2017. Experience of extreme weather affects climate change mitigation and adaptation responsesClimatic Change 140(2), pp. 149-164. (10.1007/s10584-016-1837-4) pdf

Demski, C., Pidgeon, N. and Alexa, S. 2017. Effects of exemplar scenarios on public preferences for energy futures using the my2050 scenario-building toolNature Energy  pdf

MacGillivray, B. H. and Pidgeon, N. F. 2017. Risk and rationality: the “frame problem” revisited, from the laboratory to the public sphere. In: Marsden, T. K. ed. The SAGE Handbook of Nature.   SAGE. pdf

Steentjes, al. 2017. European Perceptions of Climate Change (EPCC): Topline findings of a survey conducted in four European countries in 2016. Project Report. Cardiff: Cardiff University. pdf

Capstick, al. 2016. Public understanding in Great Britain of ocean acidification [Letter]Nature Climate Change 6(8), pp. 763-767. (10.1038/nclimate3005) pdf

Groves, al. 2016. Invested in unsustainability? On the psychosocial patterning of engagement in practicesEnvironmental Values 25(3), pp. 309-328. (10.3197/096327116X14598445991466) pdf

Groves, al. 2016. Energy biographies: narrative genres, lifecourse transitions and practice changeScience Technology and Human Values 41(3), pp. 483-508. (10.1177/0162243915609116) pdf

Shirani, al. 2016. Asking about the future: methodological insights from energy biographiesInternational Journal of Social Research Methodology 19(4), pp. 429-444. (10.1080/13645579.2015.1029208) pdf

Thomas, al. 2016. Public perceptions of shale gas operations in the USA and Canada: a review of evidence. Project Report. [Online]. M4ShaleGas Consortium. Available at: pdf

Thomas, al. 2016. Expert judgements of sea-level rise at the local scaleJournal of Risk Research 19(5), pp. 664-685. (10.1080/13669877.2015.1043568) pdf

Groves, al. 2016. The grit in the oyster: using energy biographies to question socio-technical imaginaries of 'smartness?Journal of Responsible Innovation  pdf

Groves, al. 2016. Energy Biographies Research Report. Project Report. Cardiff: .Energy Biographies. pdf

Arnold, al. 2016. Socio-political profiles to inform a cross-national survey in France, Germany, Norway and the UK.. Project Report. [Online]. Oxford: Climate Outreach. Available at: pdf

Thomas, al. 2016. Texturing waste: Attachment and identity in every-day consumption and waste practicesEnvironmental Values  pdf

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Contact information


Phone: +44(0)29 208 74567

Fax: +44(0)29 208 74858

Postal Address
School of Psychology, Park Place, Cardiff University, Cardiff CF10 3AT, United Kingdom

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