Christina Demski

Cardiff University
Partner institution - CAST

Senior Lecturer


Research Summary

Dr Christina Demski is an environmental social scientist with a background in psychology at Cardiff University. She is also an Associate Director of the Centre for Climate Change and Social Transformations (CAST) leading theme 1 of the research programme, which investigates the feasibility and social desirability of low-carbon futures. She is also part of the CAST team researching public deliberations around low-carbon futures at the Climate Assembly UK.

Her general research interests cover issues within risk perception and communication, specifically public engagement with complex socio-technical and environmental issues (e.g. climate change, energy transitions). Her work is shaped by a strong interdisciplinary perspective and the utilisation of mixed-methods to investigate public acceptance of environmental risk issues.  

In recent years, her work has examined public values and acceptability of whole energy system transformations, including framing and decision- making with regards to energy futures, perceptions of costs associated with energy transitions, energy security and the role responsibility and trust play in informing public acceptance. She also has a complementary strand of research on public perceptions of climate change and low-carbon futures, for example investigating what role flooding experiences play for engagement with climate change and framing climate communication messages.

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Selected Publications

Sovacool, B. K., Demski, C. and Noel, L. 2021. Beyond climate, culture and comfort in European preferences for low-carbon heatGlobal Environmental Change 66, article number: 102200. (10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2020.102200)

Capstick, S. and Demski, C. 2021. How personal experience affects perception of and decisions related to climate change: A psychological viewWeather, Climate, and Society

Thomas, G., Demski, C. and Pidgeon, N. 2020. Energy justice discourses in citizen deliberations on systems flexibility in the United Kingdom: Vulnerability, compensation and empowermentEnergy Research and Social Science 66, article number: 101494. (10.1016/j.erss.2020.101494)

Thorman, D., Whitmarsh, L. and Demski, C. 2020. Policy acceptance of low-consumption governance approaches: the effect of social norms and hypocrisy. Sustainability 12(3), article number: 1247. (10.3390/su12031247)

Capstick, al. 2020. Climate change citizens' assemblies: CAST briefing paper 03. CAST Briefing Paper.

Steentjes, al. 2020. British public perceptions of climate risk, adaptation options and resilience (RESiL RISK): Topline findings of a GB survey conducted in October 2019. Project Report. Cardiff: Cardiff University.

Thomas, G., Demski, C. and Pidgeon, N. 2019. Deliberating the social acceptability of energy storage in the UK. Energy Policy 133, article number: 110908. (10.1016/j.enpol.2019.110908)

Becker, al. 2019. Of profits, transparency, and responsibility: public views on financing energy system change in Great Britain. Energy Research and Social Science 55, pp. 236-246. (10.1016/j.erss.2019.05.013)

Demski, al. 2018. National context is a key determinant of energy security concerns across Europe. Nature Energy 3, pp. 882-888. (10.1038/s41560-018-0235-8)

Demski, C., Pidgeon, N. and Spence, A. 2017. Effects of exemplar scenarios on public preferences for energy futures using the my2050 scenario-building tool. Nature Energy 2(4), article number: 17027. (10.1038/nenergy.2017.27)

Demski, al. 2017. Experience of extreme weather affects climate change mitigation and adaptation responses. Climatic Change 140(2), pp. 149-164. (10.1007/s10584-016-1837-4)

Demski, al. 2015. Public values for energy system change. Global Environmental Change 34, pp. 59-69. (10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2015.06.014)


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