Policy Planning Workshop: Inspiring Climate Action in your Local Community

by Dr Laura De Vito (University of the West of England)

This workshop will bring together researchers, students and stakeholders to discuss culture change and local solutions to climate change.


About this event

We invite you to an online workshop on 26th November 10.00-11.30am (UK Time). The workshop will tackle the pressing challenge of delivering carbon mitigation policies at the local level.

How can we inspire support for climate action in organisations and among citizens? The workshop will provide an opportunity for researchers, students and practitioners to translate knowledge and insights to tackle the climate challenge.


During the workshop we will hear a presentation from Prof. Malcolm Fairbrother (Umeå universitet, Sweden) on his recent research project on Trust, Optimism, and Public Support for Climate Policies.

Dr Laura Fogg-Rogers (University of the West of England) will share her insights and reflections on COP26 and on the importance of accounting for cultural diversity when developing climate change communication strategies.

Dr Ola Michalec (University of Bristol and lead of the Policy Group at the Bristol Advisory Committee on Climate Change) will talk about working with local policy makers to drive up ambition and effective policy delivery.

We will also share key findings from the LGA-funded Carbon Communication Toolkit Project in partnership between UWE and South Gloucestershire Council which will provide real-world inputs for:

• sharing ideas and insights with other academics, students and practitioners on how to deliver the cultural change required within organisations, institutions and among citizens to fully address the challenges identified within the project

• reflecting on policy-academia partnerships

• identifying future research directions, spaces for new collaborations and explore ideas for crowdsourced tools to support research and teaching


This event will be held virtually on Zoom, and we will share joining instructions and an outline schedule closer to the time with everyone who has registered online.

This workshop is organised with the support of the Political Studies Association (PSA) Environmental Politics Specialist Group and the Science Communication Unit at the University of the West of England, Bristol. It is part of an ongoing research collaboration between the University of the West of England and South Gloucestershire Council. Visual materials (e.g. digital notes) and dissemination material (e.g. blog posts, infographics or dissemination reports) will be produced during and after the event and will be informed by the workshop’s outputs. Personal data will be processed in accordance with the University of the West of England data protection policy.

This workshop has been funded by the Political Studies Association (PSA) and by the University of the West of England, Bristol (UK)

For more information, email laura.devito@uwe.ac.uk. If you have colleagues you think may want to attend, please don’t hesitate to let us know.