The Tyndall Centre is a unique partnership between the universities of East Anglia (Headquarters), Cardiff, Manchester, Newcastle and Fudan University in Shanghai.

University of East Anglia

The Tyndall Centre at UEA spans the faculties of Sciences and Social Sciences. Most researchers are from the School of Environmental Sciences, the School of International Development, the Norwich Business School, and the School of Psychology.

Tyndall UEA’s key areas of research are in climate policy, understanding behaviour, supporting adaptation, removing barriers to low-carbon energy, keeping track of trends in carbon emissions, integrated assessment modelling, and reducing the impact of climate actions on development and poverty alleviation.

Tyndall UEA collaborates with other research centres and groups at UEA, including the Climatic Research Unit, the Water Security Research Centre, and the Adapt Low Carbon Group.

See UEA researchers here. 

Cardiff University

The Tyndall Centre at Cardiff University is based in the School of Psychology, the largest psychology department in the UK with internationally-recognised expertise. Researchers are from the Understanding Risk group and from the Centre for Business Relationships, Accountability, Sustainability and Society (BRASS).  

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

Tyndall Cardiff 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.

Cardiff became a Tyndall partner in 2010.

See Cardiff researchers here.

University of Manchester

The Tyndall Centre at the University of Manchester is based in the School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering and connects closely with colleagues across the University including in the Manchester Business School and the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences.

Tyndall Manchester’s key areas of research focus on analysing options for mitigating greenhouse gas emissions, including: emissions pathways and energy system scenarios work at a range of scales, stakeholder perceptions of mitigation solutions including marine renewables and carbon capture and storage, cutting emissions from international transport (aviation and shipping), biomass and biofuels, personal transport policy, community energy finance, energy storage and the water-energy-food nexus. Tyndall Manchester conducts discrete engineering, scientific and social science research, and synthesises findings to provide an integrated system-level understanding of climate change. This combination of specialised and integrated research has contributed to Tyndall Manchester becoming a valuable resource to the business and policy communities, with Centre researchers regularly requested to contribute to high-level policy debates across all spatial scales, from local and regional through to national and global.

See Manchester researchers here.

Newcastle University

The Tyndall Centre at Newcastle University is hosted in the Centre for Earth Systems Engineering Research which is based in the School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences.

Tyndall Newcastle key areas of research cover urban sustainability, infrastructure systems, adaptation and resilience, water resources, climate downscaling and climate impacts analysis, flood and coastal engineering, and spatial planning. The research mission in Tyndall Newcastle is to provide analyses, tools and demonstrations to enable practical responses to the challenges of intensifying global change. They are tackling the complexity of coupled technological, human and natural systems, at a range of spatial and temporal scales. Research is shaping the management of long term change and associated uncertainties, in particular along coastlines, in river basins, within urban areas and nationally.

Newcastle joined the Tyndall Centre in 2004.

See Newcastle researchers here.

Partner institution - CAST


Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, CAST is a £5 million research centre which explores how we can live differently to achieve the rapid and far-reaching emissions cuts required to address climate change. 

While there is now strong international momentum on action to tackle climate change, it is clear that critical targets (such as keeping global temperature rise to well within 2 degrees Celsius relative to pre-industrial levels) will be missed without fundamental transformations across all parts of society.   

The Centre’s aim is to advance our understanding of how to transform lifestyles, organisations and social structures in order to achieve a low-carbon future, which is genuinely sustainable over the long-term.   

Centre researchers are based at university sites in Bath, Cardiff, Manchester, York and East Anglia and at Climate Outreach.  The Centre partners with practitioners (e.g. Greener-UK, China Centre for Climate Change Communication, Possible), policy-makers (e.g. Welsh Government, Greater Manchester Combined Authority) and companies (e.g. Anglian Water, Wates Construction) to develop and test new ways of engaging with the public, governments and businesses in the UK. 

Find out more about the CAST Centre here


The team:

The Centre’s hub is based at Cardiff University. Additional core partners include University of East AngliaUniversity of ManchesterUniversity of YorkUniversity of Bath, and the charity Climate Outreach.


Professor Lorraine Whitmarsh


Dr Christina Demski

Deputy Director, Theme 1 lead

Dr Stuart Capstick

Deputy Director, Theme 3 lead

Dr Sarah Mander

Deputy Director, Theme 2 lead

Professor Wouter Poortinga

Associate Director, Theme 3 lead

Professor Andy Jordan

Associate Director, Theme 2 lead

Professor Carly McLachlan

Associate Director

Dr Adam Corner

Associate Director, Theme 4 lead

Professor Hilary Graham, CBE


Dr Catherine Cherry


Dr Katharine Steentjes


Dr Ruth Wood


Dr Charlie Wilson


Dr Claire Hoolohan


Dr Nick Nash


Professor Olga Tregaskis


Dr Irene Lorenzoni


Dr Caroline Verfuerth

Research Associate

Dr Clare Hanmer

Research Associate

Dr Brendan Moore

Senior Research Associate

Dr James Graham

Senior Research Associate

Dr Angela Mae Minas

Research Associate

Duncan Maguire

Research Associate

Dr. Susan Lee

Research Associate

Harriet Dudley

PhD Candidate

Briony Latter

PhD Candidate

Christianne Tipping

PhD Candidate

Linda Rathkey

Centre Manager

Hannah Garcia

Communications and Engagement Officer

Owen Spacie

Centre Administrator