Cardiff University

Tyndall Cardiff became a core partner in the Tyndall Centre in 2010. Tyndall Cardiff research is managed by the Understanding Risk and BRASS research groups, which conduct interdisciplinary social and behavioural research on sustainability and risk.

The Understanding Risk group is an interdisciplinary social sciences (psychology, sociology and technology studies, geography) research unit focusing on the impacts upon individuals and communities, and acceptability to people, of environmental and technological risk within everyday life.

The Group is based in Cardiff University’s School of Psychology, the largest psychology department in the UK with internationally-recognised expertise in a range of psychological fields. The ESRC Centre for Business Relationships, Accountability, Sustainability and Society (BRASS) is an interdisciplinary research centre combining expertise from the University’s Business School, the Law School and the School of City and Regional Planning, focusing on business sustainability and corporate social responsibility, particularly on the relationships between businesses and their key stakeholders (customers, suppliers, investors, workers, local communities and regulators).

Tyndall Cardiff’s research also draws on expertise from elsewhere within Cardiff University and other universities in Wales, through its membership of the Sustainable Places Research Institute and the Climate Change Consortium of Wales (C3W). With its position in both C3W and Tyndall, Cardiff University acts as a hub for climate change expertise and channel for exchange between Wales and the rest of the UK.

Tyndall Cardiff’s research focuses on the psychological and social dimensions of climate change mitigation and adaptation. Qualitative and quantitative social science methods inform our work to understand public and stakeholder responses to climate change, and sustainability decision-making by citizens, consumers, businesses, policy-makers and other groups. We have expertise in: 

The psychology of climate change; public attitudes towards and acceptability of energy supply systems; sustainable behaviour change and energy demand reduction; social conflicts and siting of large scale energy technologies; risk perception, communication and public engagement; automotive industry and technologies; energy infrastructures; energy futures; sustainable communities; and ecological footprinting.

Current and recent examples of projects include research funded by the Leverhulme Trust on Climate Change and Energy Choices, a major UKERC-funded project on Transforming the UK Energy System: Public Values, Attitudes and Acceptability, an ESRC-funded project on Energy Biographies, a NERC/EPSRC-funded project on Integrated Assessment of Geoengineering Proposals, an EU FP7 project (REACT) on sustainable transport and a series of projects on low-carbon cars, biofuels and alternative energy technologies for vehicles.
Looking forward, Tyndall Cardiff will continue to focus on social and behavioural dimensions of climate change and to develop and integrate findings from a range of innovative qualitative (e.g., visual) and quantitative (e.g., internet and lab-based experimental) research and engagement methods to understand and support sustainable societal responses to climate change.