Irene Lorenzoni

University of East Anglia
Partner institution - CAST



Irene is interested in how individuals, groups and collectives perceive the challenges of global environmental change, how they engage and respond to them.  As an environmental social scientist, her research focuses on the relationships between individual perceptions and understandings of environmental issues - specifically climate change - and behaviours.  An important component to her work is understanding how and why such responses are enabled or hindered, with a focus on societal and political processes shaping climate futures. Therefore Irene’s work also encompasses governance of climate change at various societal and geographical levels, both in relation to mitigating climate change and adapting to its effects. She pursues these strands drawing from a variety of social science disciplines in an interdisciplinary manner. Her current research includes societal transformations and low carbon futures (see ESRC-funded CAST centre work), approaches to greenhouse gas removal (see FAB-GGR project), communication and accessibility of climate data in visual form, and coastal adaptation and resilience.  Irene serves on the editorial board of the academic journal Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews (WIREs) Climate Change. She is also member of the Science, Society and Sustainability (3S) Research Group.


Relevant websites:

Feasibility of Afforestation and Biomass Energy with Carbon Capture Storage for Greenhouse Gas Removals project:

UEA profile:

CAST (Centre for Climate and Social Transitions):

3S (Science, Society and Sustainability) Research Group at UEA:


Siginicant publications:

  • Forster J, Vaughan N, Gought C, Lorenzoni I and Chilvers J (2020) Mapping feasibilities of greenhouse gas removal: key issues, gaps and opening up assessments. Global Environmental Change, 63, 102073.

  • Johnson, M…. Lorenzoni, I., et al (2020) The Marine Knowledge Exchange Network: Insights from an innovative Regional-to-National scale, academic-led Knowledge-to-Impact Network and recommendations for future initiatives. Coastal Management, 48 (4), 308-335.

  • Waller L, Rayner T, Chilvers J, Gough C, Lorenzoni I, Jordan A and Vaughan N (2020) Contested framings of greenhouse gas removal and its feasibility: social and political dimensions. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change, 11, 4, e649.

  • Harold J, Lorenzoni I, Shipley T and Coventry K (2020) Communication of IPCC visuals: IPCC authors’ views and assessments of visual complexity. Climatic Change, 158, 255-270.

  • Barclay J, Wilkinson E, White C, Shelton C, Forster J, Few R, Lorenzoni I, Woolhouse G, Jowitt C, Stone H and Honychurch L (2019) Historical Trajectories of disaster risk in Dominica. International Journal of Disaster Risk Science, 10(2), 149-165.

  • Harold J, Lorenzoni I, Shipley TF and Coventry KR (2016) Cognitive and psychological science insights to improve climate change data visualization. Nature Climate Change, 6, 1080-1089.

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Contact information


Phone: +44 (0)1603 593173

Fax: +44 (0)1603 593739

Postal Address

School of Environmental Sciences

University of East Anglia

Norwich Research Park


NR4 7TJ 

CAST website