Biography

I am interested in how individuals, groups and collectives perceive the challenges of global environmental change, how they engage and respond to them.  As an environmental social scientist, I examine the relationships between individual perceptions and understandings of environmental issues - specifically climate change, its causes and consequences over different timescales - and behaviours.  An important component to my work is the appreciation and interaction with the societal context in which individuals operate; hence my focus also on adaptation and resilience, communication, environmental policy and decision-making, sustainable development.  I pursue these strands drawing from a variety of social science disciplines including psychology, sociology, political sciences, science and technology studies.

My recent work has involved the exploration of individual and institutional engagement with climate change both in terms of mitigation and adaptation; the role of social capital in adaptation; public attitudes towards current energy use and future energy options; the construction of climate and energy discourses; the evolution of climate change policy; conceptualisations of time and the future. I have published extensively in peer-reviewed journals, including Nature Climate Change, have co-edited “Adaptation to Climate Change” (with Neil Adger and Karen O’Brien, 2009, CUP) and “Engaging the public with climate change: communication and behaviour change” (with Lorraine Whitmarsh and Saffron O’Neill, 2010, Earthscan). I serve on the editorial board of the academic journal Wiley Interdisciplinary Review (WIREs): Climate Change; I am member of the Science, Society and Sustainability (3S) Research Group and of the Tyndall Centre.

I welcome enquiries about undertaking further work related to my research interests. Click here for current PhD opportunities in the School of Environmental Sciences.  Feel free to email me to discuss projects ideas and alternative sources of funding.

 

 

All Publications

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Benson, D., Lorenzoni, I., Cook, H.

(2016)

Evaluating social learning in English flood risk management: an ‘individual-community interaction’ perspective’

in Environmental Science and Policy

55.

pp. 326-334

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)


Lorenzoni, I., Benson, D., Cook, H.

(2016)

Regional rescaling in adaptation governance: from agency to collaborative control in flood management in England?

Wiley

pp. 209-222

ISBN 978-1-118-45171-7

(Chapter (peer-reviewed))


Benson, D., Lorenzoni, I.

(2016)

Climate change adaptation, flood risks and policy coherence in integrated water resources management in England

in Regional Environmental Change

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)


Adger, W. N., Quinn, T., Lorenzoni, I., Murphy, C.

(2016)

Sharing the pain: perceptions of fairness affect private and public response to hazards

in Annals of the American Association of Geographers

106.

pp. 1079-1096

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)


Harold, J., Lorenzoni, I., Shipley, T. F., Coventry, K.

(2016)

Cognitive and psychological science insights to improve climate change data visualization

in Nature Climate Change

6.

pp. 1080-1089

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)


Landstrom, C., Hauxwell-Baldwin, R., Lorenzoni, I., Rogers-Hayden, T.

(2015)

The (Mis)understanding of Scientific Uncertainty? How Experts View Policy-Makers, the Media and Publics

in Science as Culture

24.

pp. 276-298

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)


Capstick, S., Lorenzoni, I., Corner, A., Whitmarsh, L.

(2015)

Prospects for radical emissions reduction through behaviour and lifestyle change

in Carbon Management

5.

pp. 429-445

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)


Quinn, T., Lorenzoni, I., Adger, W. N.

(2015)

Place Attachment, Identity and Adaptation

Cambridge University Press, Cambridge

pp. 160-170

ISBN 978-1-107-02298-0

(Chapter (peer-reviewed))


Tolhurst, T., Reid, B., Andrews, J., Giannopoulos, G., Grant, A., Lorenzoni, I., Peake, L., Goulden, M., Waters, J., Donaldson, C., Bremner, J., Dolphin, T., Garcia, C., Kennedy, K.

(2015)

The December 2013 North Sea storm caused the biggest UK storm surge for 60 years

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Giannopoulos, G., Peake, L., Reid, B., Andrews, J., Grant, A., Lorenzoni, I., Goulden, M., Waters, J., Dolphin, T., Bremner, J., Tolhurst, T.

(2015)

Environmental and social impacts of the 2013 Storm Surge on the North Norfolk coast

(Poster)


Benson, D., Lorenzoni, I.

(2014)

Examining the Scope for National Lesson-drawing on Climate Governance

in The Political Quarterly

85.

pp. 202-211

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)


Lorenzoni, I., Benson, D.

(2014)

Radical institutional change in environmental governance: Explaining the origins of the UK Climate Change Act 2008 through discursive and streams perspectives

in Global Environmental Change

29.

pp. 10-21

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)


Gelcich, S., Buckley, P., Pinnegar, J. K., Chilvers, J., Lorenzoni, I., Terry, G., Guerrero, M., Castilla, J. C., Valdebenito, A., Duarte, C. M.

(2014)

Public awareness, concerns, and priorities about anthropogenic impacts on marine environments

in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS)

111.

pp. 15042–15047

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)


Lorenzoni, I., Whitmarsh, L.

(2014)

Climate change and perceptions, behaviors, and communication research after the IPCC 5th Assessment Report - a WIREs Editorial: Climate change and perceptions, behaviors, and communication research

in Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change

5.

pp. 703-708

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)


Chilvers, J., Lorenzoni, I., Terry, G., Buckley, P., Pinnegar, J. K., Gelcich, S.

(2014)

Public engagement with marine climate change issues: (Re)framings, understandings and responses

in Global Environmental Change

29.

pp. 165-179

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)


Adger, N., Quinn, T., Lorenzoni, I., Murphy, C., Sweeney, J.

(2013)

Changing social contracts in climate-change adaptation

in Nature Climate Change

3.

pp. 330-333

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)


Whitmarsh, L., O'Neill, S., Lorenzoni, I.

(2013)

Public engagement with climate change: What do we know and where do we go form here?

in International Journal of Media & Cultural Politics

9.

pp. 7-25

UEA Repository

(Article)


Turnpenny, J., Jones, M., Lorenzoni, I.

(2011)

Where Now for Post-Normal Science?: A Critical Review of its Development, Definitions, and Uses

in Science, Technology, & Human Values

36.

pp. 287-306

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)


Rogers-Hayden, T., Hatton, F., Lorenzoni, I.

(2011)

'Energy security' and 'climate change': Constructing UK energy discursive realities

in Global Environmental Change

21.

pp. 134-142

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)


Whitmarsh, L., O'Neill, S., Lorenzoni, I.

(2011)

Commentary

in Environment and Planning A

43.

pp. 258-261

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)


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Key Research Interests

Individual, social and institutional understandings of, and responses to energy issues, and climate change; participation in decision-making and engagement; sustainability; environmental policy and politics.

Significant Publications

  • Benson, D., Lorenzoni, I. and Cook, H. (2015) ‘Evaluating social learning in UK flood risk management: an ‘individual-community interaction’ perspective’. Environmental Science & Policy. DOI:10.1016/j.envsci.2015.05.013
  • Capstick, S., Lorenzoni, I., Corner, A. & Whitmarsh, L. (2015) 'Prospects for radical emissions reduction through behaviour and lifestyle change.' Carbon Management, 5 (4): 429-445
  • Landström, C., Hauxwell-Baldwin, R., Lorenzoni, I. Rogers-Hayden, T. (2015) Experts' views on the (mis)understanding of scientific uncertainty by policy makers, media and the public. Science as Culture.
  • Chilvers, J., Lorenzoni, I., Terry, G., Buckley, P., Pinnegar, J.K. & Gelcich, S. (2014) 'Public engagement with marine climate change issues: (Re)framings, understandings and responses’, Global Environmental Change 29: 165-179. doi:10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2014.09.006

  • Lorenzoni, I. and Benson, D. (2014) Radical institutional change in environmental governance: explaining the origins of the UK Climate Change Act 2008 through discursive and policy streams perspectives. Global Environmental Change. 29: 10-21. DOI: 10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2014.07.011

  • Benson, D. and Lorenzoni, I. (2014) Examining the scope for national lesson drawing on climate governance. Political Quarterly, 85: 202–211. doi: 10.1111/1467-923X.12080

  • Whitmarsh, L., O'Neill, S. and Lorenzoni, I. (2013). Public engagement with climate change: What do we know and where do we go from here? International Journal of Media and Cultural Studies 9, 7-25.
  • Adger, N., Quinn, T., Lorenzoni, I., Murphy, C. and Sweeney, J. (2013) Changing social contracts in climate change adaptation. Nature Climate Change 3: 330-333. Doi:10.1038/nclimate1751
  • Turnpenny, J., Jones, M. and Lorenzoni, I. (2011) Where Now for Post-Normal Science? A Critical Review of its Development, Definitions, and Uses. ST&HV, 36(3) [May 2011] pp. 287-306.http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0162243910385789
  • Rogers-Hayden, T., Hatton, F., Lorenzoni, I. (2011) Energy Security' and 'Climate Change': Constructing UK Energy Discursive Realities, Global Environmental Change21(1): 134-142.http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2010.09.003
  • Wolf, J., Adger, W.N., Lorenzoni, I., Abrahamson, V. and Raine, R. (2010) Social capital, individual responses to heat waves and climate change adaptation: an empirical study of two UK cities, Global Environmental Change20: 44-52. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2009.09.004
  • Lorenzoni, I. and Hulme, M. (2009) Believing is seeing: laypeople's views of future socio-economic and climate change in England and in Italy, Public Understanding of Science18: 383-400. doi: 10.1177/0963662508089540
  • Adger, W.N., Dessai, S., Goulden, M., Hulme, M., Lorenzoni, I., Nelson, D., Naess, L-O., Wolf, J. and Wreford, A. (2009) Are there social limits to adaptation to climate change? Climatic Change 93: 335–354;DOI 10.1007/s10584-008-9520-z
  • Bickerstaff, K., Lorenzoni, I., Pidgeon, N.F., Poortinga, W., Simmons, P. (2008) Reframing nuclear power in the UK energy debate: Nuclear power, climate change mitigation and radioactive waste. Public Understanding of Science 17: 145-168. DOI: 10.1177/0963662506066719


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Professional Activities

  • Member of Editorial Board of the academic journal Wiley Interdisciplinary Review (WIREs): Climate Change 2008 to date

Key Responsibilities

 

  • Chair of the Equality and Diversity Athena SWAN Committee, School of Environmental Sciences
  • Promotions Committee, School of Environmental Sciences
  • Disability Liaison Officer, School of Environmental Sciences
  • Year Abroad Placement Directory deputy, School of Environmental Sciences
  • Academic Adviser, School of Environmental Sciences