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

 

Career History

  • 2013 -date University of East Anglia, Senior Lecturer
  • 2006-2013 University of East Anglia, Lecturer
  • 2003-2006 Univesity of East Anglia, Senior Research Associate
  • 1999-2003 University of East Anglia, PhD
  • 1997-1999 University of East Anglia, Research Associate
  • 1995-1996 Lancaster University, Masters European Environmental Policy
  • 1992-1995 University of East Anglia, BSc (Hons) Environmental Sciences

All Publications

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

(2013)

Changing social contracts in climate-change adaptation

in Nature Climate Change

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pp. 330-333

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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 and cultural studies

9.

pp. 7-25

UEA Repository

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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

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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

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

(2011)

Commentary

in Environment and Planning A

43.

pp. 258-261

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Bickerstaff, K., Lorenzoni, I., Jones, M., Pidgeon, N.

(2010)

Locating scientific citizenship: The institutional contexts and cultures of public engagement

in Science Technology and Human Values

35.

pp. 474-500

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Lorenzoni, I., Seyfang, G., Nye, M.

(2010)

Carbon budgets and carbon capability: lessons from Personal Carbon Trading

In: Engaging the public with climate change: communication and behaviour change.

Earthscan: London and Sterling, VA

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Spence, A., Poortinga, W., Pidgeon, N., Lorenzoni, I.

(2010)

Public perceptions of energy choices: The influence of beliefs about climate change and the environment

in Energy and Environment

21.

pp. 385-407

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Whitmarsh, L., Lorenzoni, I.

(2010)

Behaviour, perceptions, and communication of climate change

in Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change

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pp. 158-161

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

(2010)

Conclusion: what have we learnt and where do we go from here?

In: Engaging the public with climate change: communication and behaviour change.

Earthscan: London and Sterling, VA

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

(2010)

Engaging the Public with Climate Change: Communication and Behaviour Change

Earthscan

UEA Repository

(Book)


Wolf, J., Adger, W., Lorenzoni, I.

(2010)

Heat waves and cold spells: An analysis of policy response and perceptions of vulnerable populations in the UK

in Environment and Planning A

42.

pp. 2721-2734

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Wolf, J., Adger, W., Lorenzoni, I., Abrahamson, V., Raine, R.

(2010)

Social capital, individual responses to heat waves and climate change adaptation: An empirical study of two UK cities

in Global Environmental Change

20.

pp. 44-52

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

(2009)

Noisy and definitely not normal: responding to wicked issues in the environment, energy and health

in Environmental Science & Policy

12.

pp. 347-358

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Adger, W. (ed.), Lorenzoni, I. (ed.), O'Brien, K. (ed.)

(2009)

Adapting to Climate Change: Thresholds, Values, Governance

Cambridge University Press

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Abrahamson, V., Wolf, J., Lorenzoni, I., Fenn, B., Kovats, S., Wilkinson, P., Adger, W., Raine, R.

(2009)

Perceptions of heatwave risks to health: Interview-based study of older people in London and Norwich, UK

in Journal of Public Health

31.

pp. 119-126

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Adger, W., Dessai, S., Goulden, M., Hulme, M., Lorenzoni, I., Nelson, D., Naess, L., Wolf, J., Wreford, A.

(2009)

Are there social limits to adaptation to climate change?

in Climatic Change

93.

pp. 335-354

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Adger, W., Lorenzoni, I., O'Brien, K.

(2009)

Adaptation now

In: Adapting to Climate Change: Thresholds, Values, Governance.

Cambridge University Press

UEA Repository

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Hulme, M., Dessai, S., Lorenzoni, I., Nelson, D.

(2009)

Unstable climates: Exploring the statistical and social constructions of 'normal' climate

in Geoforum

40.

pp. 197-206

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Lorenzoni, I., Hulme, M.

(2009)

Believing is seeing: Laypeople's views of future socio-economic and climate change in England and in Italy

in Public Understanding of Science

18.

pp. 383-400

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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. and Lorenzoni, I. (2014) Examining the scope for national lesson drawing on climate governance. Political Quarterly, 85 (2). In press.
  • 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


Publications: EPrints Digital Repository

Teaching Interests

I currently convene:

ENV 4006B Sustainability, Society and Biodiversity

I co-convene:

ENV 2A06 Environmental Politics and Policy Making

I also teach on:

ENV 5003A Climate Change: Science and Policy

ENV 5033B Energy and People

ENV 6024B Science, Society and Sustainability

ENV MB3Y Research Skills

ENV MA73 Sustainable Consumption

 

I also supervise masters and MSci students undertaking their dissertations, and PhD students (currently Adam Kennerly, Maud Borie, Ana Raquel Nunes, Jordan Harold, Clare Shelton, Rachel Macrorie, Jonas Schoenefeld, Sandra Boegelein)

Professional Activities

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

Key Responsibilities

 

  • Disability Liaison Officer
  • Placement Director, Year in Europe
  • Course Director, BSc/MSci Environmental Geography and Climate Change
  • Member of the ENV Equality and Diversity Committee

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