Professor Nick Pidgeon

Professor Nick Pidgeon

Nick Pidgeon is Professor of Environmental Psychology in the School of Psychology, where he directs the Understanding Risk Research Group, an interdisciplinary group conducting work on energy futures and public perceptions of climate change risks.

His research more generally looks at how public attitudes, public trust and institutional responses drive the dynamics of environmental and technological risk controversies, including those of nuclear power, climate change, genetically modified agriculture, nanotechnologies, and climate geoengineeering.

He has led numerous interdisciplinary policy-oriented projects on issues of public acceptance of environmental risk issues and on 'science in society' for UK Government departments, the Research Councils and charities and publishes widely in psychology, technology studies and geography journal outlets. He is a specialist in using mixed approaches to environmental social sciences research, particularly combining data from both quantitative and qualitative methods.

He was a member of the Royal Society/Royal Academy of Engineering nanotechnology study group which reported in July 2004, and assessor and report writer for the 2006 inquiry into 'Cross Party Consensus' for the All Party Parliamentary Group on Climate Change of the British Parliament, and a co-editor of The Social Amplification of Risk, Cambridge University Press, 2003. He is also the human dimensions theme leader for the recently announced C3W, Climate Change Consortium for Wales, research programme.

From October 2008 he took up a three-year Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Professorial Climate Leader Fellowship investigating public risk perception, climate change and public engagement and is also a member of ESRC's Living With Environmental Change academic advisory group.