Jordan Harold graduated from The University of Warwick with a first class BSc Honours in Psychology (2004) where he developed an interest in applied cognitive science. Jordan’s undergraduate research investigated ways to reduce visual recognition errors to prevent drug medication errors, which initially led him to a career in medical communications. Working with organisations such as GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer and Macmillan Cancer Support, he developed a range of skills in designing, planning and delivering communications programmes, with a particular interest in digital technologies for science communication (e.g. Wikipedia, blogs, e-learning resources, etc.)

Jordan gained his MSc Science with Distinction at the Open University (2012) where he explored contemporary issues in science, such as education, communication and public understanding and public engagement. He was particularly intrigued by the communication issues posed by climate change and therefore went on to complete basic climate science training with the University of Oxford, The Met Office and The Natural Environment Research Council (2013).

Jordan submitted his PhD in October 2017, in which he explored cognition of visual-spatial displays by researching how people process and understand climate change graphs and diagrams. His research aims to extend our understanding of the cognitive processes involved in interpreting visual-spatial displays, and translate these insights into practical applications to improve climate change communications and understanding.

All Publications

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


Cognitive and psychological science insights to improve climate change data visualization,

in Nature Climate Change


pp. 1080-1089

Full Text UEA Repository



Key Research Interests

Jordan’s current research is looking to understand the cognitive processes involved in interpreting visual-spatial displays of scientific information (e.g. graphs and diagrams), and how visuals can be better designed to improve communication and understanding. In particular, he is interested in the role of language when comprehending visual-spatial displays, for example how language might be used to support spatial thinking. Jordan’s research is focussing on these issues in the context of climate change communications.

Research Interests

  • Design of visual-spatial displays to improve communication and understanding
  • Spatial and temporal cognitive processing
  • Language
  • Visual attention
  • Decision-making and uncertainty
  • Climate change communication and understanding
  • Science communication and the dynamics between scientists, policy makers and the public