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Stuart Capstick

Centre for Climate Change and Social Transformations
United Kingdom
Email capsticksb [at] cardiff [period/dot]

Stuart Capstick is an interdisciplinary social scientist interested in the ways people understand and respond to climate change. He is Deputy Director of the Centre for Climate Change and Social Transformations (CAST Centre), and co-lead of theme looking at real-world interventions and routes to achieving change. Stuart is also active within the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research. His main concern is that we find ways to reduce emissions – quickly, effectively, fairly – and that there is widespread participation in achieving this.


Latter B, Capstick S. 2021. “Climate Emergency: UK Universities’ Declarations and Their Role in Responding to Climate Change,” Frontiers in Sustainability. 2021;2.

Whitmarsh L, Poortinga W, Capstick S. 2021. “Behaviour change to address climate change.” Current Opinion in Psychology. (April 2021).

William F. Lamb et al. 2020. “Discourses of climate delay,” Global Sustainability (July 2020).

Robin Webster, Adam Corner, Jamie Clark, & Stuart Capstick. 2020. “Communicating climate change during the Covid-19 crisis: what evidence says,” Climate Outreach (May 2020).

Kristian S. Nielsen, Susan Clayton, Paul C. Stern, Thomas Dietz, Stuart Capstick, & Lorraine Whitmarsh. 2020. “How psychology can help limit climate change,” American Psychologist (February 2020).

Stuart Capstick, Christina Demski, Robert G. Sposato, Nicholas F. Pidgeon, Alexa Spence, & Adam Corner. 2015. “Public perception of climate change in Britain following the winter 2013/2014 flooding,” Cardiff University (2015).

Stuart Capstick & Nicholas F. Pigeon. 2014. “Public perception of cold weather events as evidence for and against climate change,” Climatic Change (February 2014).

Stuart Capstick, Lorraine Whitmarsh, Wouter Poortinga, Nicholas F. Pigeon, & Paul Upham. 2014. “International trends in public perceptions of climate change over the past quarter century,” Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change (November 2014).

Stuart Capstick & Nicholas F. Pigeon. 2014. “What is climate change skepticism? Examination of the concept using a mixed methods study of the UK public,” Global Environmental Change (January 2014).

Stuart Capstick. 2013. “Public understanding of climate change as a social dilemma,” Sustainability (August 2013).

Stuart Capstick. 2012. “Climate change discourses in use by the UK public: commonalities and variations over a fifteen year period,” Thesis, Cardiff University (April 2012).

Media Coverage

Stuart Capstick’s research on climate change academics’ flying habits featured by Simon Calder. Climate change researchers fly more than other academics, study finds,” The Independent, October 30, 2020.

‘Delay is the new denial’: How to spot and respond to climate denier,” Stuart Capstick & Julia Steinberger, The Independent, August 12, 2020.

Stuart Capstick quoted by Maria Mellor in Delhi’s massive fog problem is the visual climate wakeup call we need,” Wired, November 7, 2019.

Stuart Capstick’s research on public knowledge of ocean acidification featured by Jeremy Hance. Few Britons have ever heard of ocean acidification,” The Guardian, May 27, 2016.