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Decision-making and preparedness for climate change, extreme weather, and adaptation - Priestley International Centre for Climate

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    Prof W Bruine de Bruin
    Prof S Dessai
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  • Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
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Project Description

Across the world, households, businesses and policy-makers face the challenge of adapting to a changing climate.

However, public perceptions of the risk posed by climate change and support for adaptation policies vary between and within countries.

To improve public debate and communication about climate change adaptation, it is important to understand public perceptions of climate risk and adaptation.

This project will apply insights from behavioural decision research and/or environmental social science to improve our understanding of decision-making and preparedness for climate change, extreme weather, and adaptation.

The successful candidate will be based in Leeds University Business School’s Centre for Decision Research (CDR) and the Sustainability Research Institute (SRI) in the School of Earth and Environment. The project will contribute to the advancement of knowledge in th enew Priestly International Centre for Climate.

The supervisors for this project are Professor Wändi Bruine de Bruin, Professor Suraje Dessai and Dr Andrea Taylor.

Funding Notes

1 Scholarship available for UK/EU or international candidates commencing full-time PhD study on 1 October 2016.

Entry requirements/necessary background for students:

You will need to meet the Leeds University Business School PhD entry requirements and submit a research proposal in line with the project description.

You will need to have had some training in behavioral decision making, psychology, communication, environmental social science, or related fields.

You will meet the English language requirements for entry to our PhD programme; International candidates will need to meet this requirement by the application deadline itself.

Please see the application form for full eligibility criteria.


Moss, R. H. et al. (2013). "Hell and High Water: Practice-Relevant Adaptation Science." Science 342(6159): 696-698.

Pidgeon, N. and B. Fischhoff (2011). "The role of social and decision sciences in communicating uncertain climate risks." Nature Clim. Change 1(1): 35-41.

Taylor, A., W. B. de Bruin and S. Dessai (2014). "Climate Change Beliefs and Perceptions of Weather-Related Changes in the United Kingdom." Risk Analysis 34(11): 1995-2004.

Taylor, A. L., S. Dessai and W. Bruine de Bruin (2014). "Public perception of climate risk and adaptation in the UK: A review of the literature." Climate Risk Management 4-5(0): 1-16.

How good is research at University of Leeds in Business and Management Studies?

FTE Category A staff submitted: 73.19

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