Designer & Facilitator
Richard is a researcher, communicator and designer. He led PIRC’s work on Common Cause between 2010-2015, exploring the role of values in social and cultural change. He’s facilitated over 200 workshops and trainings across the Third Sector and civil society in the UK and Europe. He previously coordinated PIRC’s climate work, bridging between the scientific community and campaigning NGOs and was lead author of the Climate Safety report.
Before joining PIRC in 2007, he founded The Green Shed, an ethical and environmental web design company. He loves visual communication having worked on several social and environmental projects with information designers and London Design Colleges.
Richard has a degree in Law, specialising in International Environmental Law, from the University of Nottingham. He is a member of Smart CSOs, a co-founder of Campaign Lab and a fellow of the RSA.
Skills & interests:
- cultural values & social change
- participatory and deliberative democracy
- framing & narrative
- information design & data visualisation
- ultimate frisbee
Dive right in: Sustainability: Choices, choices, choices – great piece by the BBC’s Richard Black. Matt Ridley and the Holocene Optimum – Matt Ridley making elementary mistakes again, you’d think he has some sort of wider agenda. Oh, he has. Could global brightening be causing global warming? – short answer: unfortunately not. A brief updateRead more
Dive right in: Climate skeptic hides the incline in global temperatures – shock horror. Heat stress – setting a limit on what we can adapt to – if you didn”t know already, >7C temp rises will be bad, very bad. Migration in the context of vulnerability and adaptation to climate change: insights from analogues –Read more
The Offshore Valuation is published today by the Offshore Valuation Group, chaired by the Public Interest Research Centre. It is the first comprehensive valuation of the UK’s offshore renewable energy resource over the long-term that explicitly assesses electricity exports to Europe. The Offshore Valuation Group is an informal collaboration of government and industry organisations thatRead more
The Offshore Valuation is the first comprehensive long-term valuation of the UK’s offshore renewable energy resource that explicitly assesses electricity exports to Europe. “I welcome this report which, as the first of its kind, highlights the huge potential for low carbon energy generation off our shores. It sets out the scale of how much canRead more
Matthew Nisbet over at Framing Science has an excellent blog post on the potential over-reaction by climate scientists to the events of the last few months. The piece is written from a US perspective, but I think it applies equally here in the UK. He notes: Multiple surveys show a decline in public concern withRead more
Dive right in: Climate Change: A Threat to Global Security. US & UK Defense agree. – “I am struck by how similar UK and U.S. thinking is on the national security implications of climate change. Our defense departments agree that the impact of climate change is likely to be most severe in areas where itRead more
Several weeks back, amidst the media storm, Richard Somerville a Lead Author of the 2007 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Fourth Assessment report (IPCC AR4) wrote a short and punchy “response to climate change denialism“. We finally got round to posting it here. It’s a great, simple communication by a veteran climate scientist. It’s notRead more
The Guardian reports that Simon Lewis, a UK-based Amazon scientist, is taking the Sunday Times to the Press Complaints Commission over an article they published in January claiming the IPCC wrongly predicted that 40% of the Amazon rainforest was vulnerable to reduced rainfall: Lewis said he was contacted by the Sunday Times before the articleRead more
Dive right in: Scientists hash out the uncertainties of climate sensitivity – Here’s some great science journalism, climate sensitivity made fun (almost!). Methane bubbling out of Arctic Ocean – but is it new? Great piece by New Scientist on the Arctic permafrost and the uncertainties inherent in any ‘new’ scientific discovery. Debunking Lomborg, the Climate-ChangeRead more
Dive right in: SealevelGate – Real Climate cover the true IPCC sea-level scandal. Must read. Climate of fear, Nature editorial (free access) – “The integrity of climate research has taken a very public battering in recent months. Scientists must now emphasize the science, while acknowledging that they are in a street fight.” Overview of allRead more