Who we are

Staff work closely with researchers, policy-makers and practitioners across a number of disciplines. This approach helps to create information that supports robust decision-making about the adaptation that is necessary to address a changing climate.

The team’s role is to:

  • facilitate interaction within and between academic studies;
  • offer expertise and independent advice on the most appropriate methodologies and research approaches; and
  • communicate information about climate change adaptation to a wide audience to inform decision-making.

To email UKCIP staff use firstname.lastname @ ukcip.org.uk.

Clare Downing, Adaptation science specialist

Clare joined UKCIP in 2011 and is involved in evaluating the science and process of adaptation through applied research to develop guidance. Her current role focuses on working on our European projects and assessing the status of adaptation for EU Member States. Clare was previously a Principal Consultant at Ricardo-AEA, and has experience ranging from creating an adaptation route map for the Berkshire, Buckinghamshire & Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust (BBOWT), to international projects for DFID in Kenya.

Peter Walton, Knowledge exchange research fellow

Pete previously taught environmental education for 16 years across a range of age groups. His PhD thesis looked at strategies to support public understanding and engagement with climate change science. Pete originally joined UKCIP in 2008 to manage the Projections in Practice programme following the launch of UKCP09, and developed eLearning modules to support the continued use of the projections in relation to the wider adaptation agenda. Following a brief hiatus, Pete has returned to UKCIP to develop stakeholder engagement with climate research across the University of Oxford.

Stephanie Ferguson, Designer & editor

Stephanie is the in-house designer for web, print and any other communications material UKCIP need. She currently manages websites for UKCIP, ARCC, ITRC and PLACARD. Her role includes editing text into non-technical, web-friendly language and squeezing headlines into 280 characters. Stephanie joined UKCIP in 2002.