Sarah Becker

Cardiff University

Post-Doctoral Researcher

Role at Tyndall:

I am a part of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research and a Research Associate in the Understanding Risk Research Group at Cardiff University.


Research Interests:
Perceptions of Climate Change and Energy Transitions

At the University of Cardiff I am conducting the qualitative analysis of focus group data which investigated people’s views on energy transitions in the UK. Specifically this research project will be examining what people think about who should pay for 2050, by looking at who is seen to be responsible for the energy transition and how it ought to be financed.



For my PhD at the University of Sussex I investigated public views on climate change and what should be done about it. Firstly, I looked at the effects that the framing of individual behaviour change messages has on support for structural level change. Secondly, I conducted fieldwork in California to interview residents about their experience of the drought and examined how this affected (or not) their views on climate change.




Evensen D, Demski C, Becker S, Pidgeon N. 2018. The relationship between justice and acceptance of energy transition costs in the UK. Applied Energy, 222, 451-459.

Becker, S. and Sparks, P. 2016. Neither fair nor unchangeable but part of the natural order: orientations towards inequality in the face of criticism of the economic systemSocial Justice Research 29(4), pp. 456-474. (10.1007/s11211-016-0270-1)

Reports and working papers

Byrne, Robert, Ockwell, David, Urama, Kevin, Ozor, Nicholas, Kirumba, Edith, Ely, Adrian, Becker, Sarah and Gollwitzer, Lorenz (2014) Sustainable energy for whom? Governing pro-poor, low-carbon pathways to development: lessons from solar PV in Kenya. Working Paper. The STEPS Centre, Brighton.

Becker, Sarah, Byrne, Rob, Ockwell, David, Ozor, Nicholas, Ely, Adrian and Urama, Kevin (2013) Innovation histories workshop on the solar home system market in Kenya. Other. STEPS Centre, Brighton, UK.

Book section

Ockwell, David, Byrne, Rob, Urama, Kevin, Ozor, Nicholas, Kirumba, Edith, Ely, Adrian, Becker, Sarah and Gollwitzer, Lorenz (2017) Debunking free market myths: transforming pro-poor, sustainable energy access for climate compatible development. In: Nunan, Fiona (ed.) Making climate compatible development happen. Routledge. ISBN 9781138657014

Contact information

Current Position
Post-Doctoral Researcher


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

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