Research Programme


The climate crisis is the key challenge faced by this and future generations. Several new developments – from the individual activism of Greta Thunberg to the transnational success of Fridays for Future – have led the way for civil society. Yet policy makers’ commitments to address environmental and climate concerns do not reflect the ambition required to address this crisis. The aim of our Climate programmes is to contribute to these conversations and push them forward in an effective way.


The core Climate research project aims to understand how climate emergency declarations made in EU countries have emerged and developed to deliver climate action on the ground. Many of these declarations are a result of growing climate activism, which in itself provides a mechanisms through which to hold local governments accountable on their climate action plans. This research will determine the extent to which these declarations are effective tools to enhance climate action at the local level, and how resulting climate action plans reflect the need for both climate adaptation and mitigation.

Dr Candice Howarth

Research Director

Dr Candice Howarth is a Senior Policy Fellow in climate change action, communication and behaviour. She leads the LSE’s activities in the Place-based Climate Action Network (PCAN) as well as broader research on how the co-production of knowledge and science communication can be used to better inform decision-making in the context of climate resilience and sustainability challenges. She has an interdisciplinary background in climate policy and pro-environmental behaviour with degrees in meteorology (BSc), climate change (MSc) and a PhD in climate change and pro-environmental behaviour. She has published research on climate change communication and narratives, sustainable behaviour change, climate change evidence assessments and governance of climate risks. She Chairs the Royal Geographical Society Climate Change Research Group, and sits on the Royal Meteorological Society Climate Science Communication group, and London Heat Risk Group.



Konstantin Klammert

Policy Officer

Bob Roth

Policy Officer

Alberto Smith

Policy Officer

Ina Drouven

Research Officer

James Dyson

Research Officer

Thomas McGoey

Research Officer

“Let’s Assume The EU Green Deal Works Out In Europe. What Will The Rest Of The World Look Like?”

Green Capitalism – Greenwashing over Sustainability?

How can we help our Planet: Understanding the Issue of Microplastics

Europe 2025

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