> Research
Communications

Research

I am a social science researcher focusing on society and climate change, mainly communication and public engagement e.g. attitudes, values, narratives, barriers to action and how to overcome them. I am interested in how to broaden engagement and action on climate change and work with those who are not usually part of the climate conversation. I am also interested in climate justice and the role of the cultural/creative sector in engagement. I am keen on interdisciplinary working and have also worked on broader social topics. See my research work below.

I currently work as a freelance researcher as well as working at the Centre for Climate Change and Social Transformations, based at Cardiff University in Wales (UK), and am also part of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research.

Available for freelance/consultancy work and open to collaborations.

Say hi on Twitter/X @BrionyLatter or contact me via my university email.

Current projects

Engaging live music audiences on climate change through travel campaigns
Follow-up to the project From carbon footprints to cultural influence: Engaging live music audiences on travel choices.
Working with music festivals/venues including Boomtown, Love Saves the Day and the Bristol Beacon to put ideas from our previous report into practice. Read the project launch blog by Adam Corner. Funded by the Gulbenkian Foundation.

University and academic research culture/practices in the context of the climate emergency
PhD exploring:
    1) how universities’ climate emergency declarations reflect their response to climate change and what they mean in practice
    2) how university and research culture shapes the way that academic researchers engage with climate change
Research already published about UK universities' climate emergency declarations (also see below). Publication coming soon: Wanting to be part of change but feeling overworked and disempowered: researchers’ perceptions of climate action in UK universities.

Publications

Woolrych, R., Haq, G. and Latter, B. (2023). Healthy Ageing in a Changing Climate: Creating Inclusive, Age-Friendly, and Climate Resilient Cities and Communities in the UK

Corner, A., Latter, B. and Badiali, C. (2022). From carbon footprints to cultural influence: Engaging live music audiences on travel choices. Julie's Bicycle.

Gellatly, J., Webster, R., Sawas, R., Kaoukji, D., Sanderson, B., Wang, S., Latter, B., Shaw, C., Chapman, D. and Titlestad, K. (2022). Communicating climate justice with young adults in Europe. Oxford: Climate Outreach.

Latter, B. and Corner, A. (2021). Can cultural events catalyse engagement with climate change? A Season for Change case study.

Smith, T., Chapman, D., Wang, S., Larkin, J. and Latter, B. (2021). Nature Visuals: Diversity in images of England’s green and natural spaces. Natural England Commissioned Reports, Number NECR375.

Wang, S., Latter, B., Nicholls, J., Sawas, A. and Shaw, C. (2021). Britain Talks COP26: New insights on what the UK public want from the climate summit. Oxford: Climate Outreach.

Shaw, C., Wang, S. and Latter, B. (2021). How does the framing of climate change affect the conclusions reached in climate assemblies?

Peer-reviewed work (all free to access)

Poortinga, W., Latter, B. and Wang, S. (2022). Comparing coronavirus (COVID-19) and climate change perceptions: Implications for support for individual and collective- level policies. Frontiers in Psychology. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2022.996546

Latter, B. (2022). Climate Change Communication and Engagement With Older People in England. Frontiers in Communication. doi: 10.3389/fcomm.2022.848671

Latter, B. and Capstick, S. (2021). Climate Emergency: UK Universities' Declarations and Their Role in Responding to Climate Change. Frontiers in Sustainability. doi: 10.3389/frsus.2021.660596

Briefing papers

Latter, B. (2022). Public perceptions towards policing and safety in the UK. Part of Holding our own: messaging guide (non-policing solutions to ‘serious youth violence'). Liberty and NEON.

Latter, B. (2022). Public perceptions of the financial services industry and its regulation in the UK. Part of How to talk about finance industry reform: A messaging guide. The Finance Innovation Lab and NEON.

Latter, B. (2022). Public perceptions of the ‘cost of living crisis’ in the UK. Part of The Cost of Living Scandal: A Messaging Guide. NEON.

Research consultancy clients

Climate Outreach
NEON
Julie's Bicycle

Media

Guest episode on the Athlete Climate Academy podcast by Huw James and Kilian Jornet

Blogs

A new resource to help live music events engage their audiences with sustainable travel
Centre for Climate Change and Social Transformations (CAST)

Engaging older people with climate change – a largely forgotten but key demographic
Climate Outreach

The IPCC’s message is clear: social transformation, not a technofix, is needed to tackle climate change
Whitmarsh, L., Capstick, S., Graham, H., Hoolohan, C., Latter, B., Minas, A., Verfuerth, C., Thorman, D., Wilson, C. – Centre for Climate Change and Social Transformations (CAST)

Climate emergency declarations: what do they tell us about universities response to climate change?
Centre for Climate Change and Social Transformations (CAST) - re-published from the original article

Climate emergency declarations: what do they tell us about universities response to climate change?
Place-Based Climate Action Network (PCAN)

How to build climate change engagement in the UK after the lockdown
Climate Outreach

Care about equality? You should care about climate change
The Angry Nipple

Discussing your individual choices
Hopeful or fearful for the future?
Your MP's values
The importance of framing
Communicating climate change with the centre-right
Hope for the Future (climate change communication blog series)

Climate change education/research

PhD (in progress - see current projects)
Centre for Climate Change and Social Transformations, Cardiff University

Climate Justice module (from MSc Climate Justice)
Centre for Climate Justice, Glasgow Caledonian University

MA Climate Change: History, Culture, Society (Best Thesis Award for 2017/18: 92%)
King's College London

Using Format