Perceptions, Interests and Fears: British and European Public Opinion on the Climate Crisis

The British Foreign Policy Group (BFPG) and the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) are delighted to invite you to our upcoming panel event, ‘Perceptions, Interests and Fears: British and European Public Opinion on the Climate Crisis’ on Tuesday 16th July, 17.30 – 19.30.

In a year of elections, public opinion is having a defining impact on governments’ willingness to lead in solving the international climate crisis. But what do the public really think? And where does the future lie for international climate leadership?

Join BFPG, FES and our panel of leading climate policy experts as we explore the current state of the public debate on climate change, and how the UK’s stance on climate change is affecting the UK’s broader role on the international stage.

Key Details:

DATE: Tuesday 16th July

TIME: 17.30 – 19.30.

LOCATION: 23 Grafton Street, Mayfair, W1S 4EY


The panel event will run from 17.30 – 18.30 with a networking reception to follow. Refreshments and canapes will be provided.

Spaces will be allocated on a first come first serve basis. If there are no spaces left please do joing the waiting list as more spaces may become available closer to the time.


Claudia Detsch, Director, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Just Climate

Claudia Detsch is the Director of FES Just Climate. Previously, she was editor-in-chief of the IPG Journal in Berlin and editor of the Buenos Aires-based journal Nueva Sociedad. From 2008 to 2012, she headed the FES office in Ecuador and the Foundation’s regional energy and climate project in Latin America. She is a sociologist and studied in Hamburg and Barcelona.

Adam Corner, Co-Director, Climate Barometer

Dr Adam Corner is a researcher, strategist & writer specialising in public opinion on climate change. He currently Co-Directs Climate Barometer (a new initiative that makes sense of what people think about climate change) and is a Strategic Adviser to the Local Storytelling Exchange (a network of regional journalists amplifying stories of the green transition). He previously held the posts of Research Director at Climate Outreach and founding Co-Director at the centre for Climate Change & Social Transformations (CAST).  Adam has written commentary and analyses for international media (the Guardian, New Scientist), authored a wide range of reports, published widely in academic journals and lead-authored the book ‘Talking Climate: From Research to Practice in Public Engagement’.

Ruth Townend, Senior Research Fellow, Chatham House

Ruth Townend is a Senior Research Fellow at Chatham House. Ruth’s work at Chatham House focuses primarily on climate risk and diplomacy. Recently, this has included curating and developing recommendations for managing ‘cascading’ or transboundary climate risks, as part of the CASCADES EU project, and a study on what near-term climate risks most worry experts. Ruth’s climate diplomacy work explores the interplay of geopolitics, international affairs, public opinion and national and local political constraints. Prior to joining Chatham House, Ruth worked extensively on global public opinion and understanding of sustainability, and on UK climate change policy. Between 2009 and 2013, this was with specialist sustainability research consultancy Brook Lyndhurst. Here Ruth’s research ranged from public understanding of ‘green’ terminology to the global potential of public action for climate mitigation.

Dr. Liam F. Beiser-McGrath, Assistant Professor in International Social and Public Policy, LSE

Dr. Liam F. Beiser-McGrath is an Assistant Professor in International Social and Public Policy in the Department of Social Policy, Associate of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, and Affiliate of the Data Science Institute at the London School of Economics and Political Science. They are also an Editor for the journal Environmental Politics and the organiser of EPG Online, an online seminar series covering Environmental Politics and Governance.

Their research primarily focuses on the political economy of climate change, using experimental research designs and machine learning. This research has been published in peer-reviewed journals such as Nature Climate Change, the Journal of Politics, Science Advances, European Journal of Political Research, Comparative Political Studies, Political Analysis, Climatic Change, Political Science Research & Methods, Environmental Politics, Global Environmental Politics, the Journal of European Social Policy, Regulation and Governance, Electoral Studies, and the Journal of Public Policy.

Evie Aspinall, Director, British Foreign Policy Group

Evie Aspinall is the Director of the British Foreign Policy Group. Her primary research interests are domestic consent for foreign policy, the UK’s role in the world and challenges posed by the UK’s strategic rivals. Evie holds a BA from the University of Cambridge and an MSc from King’s College London. She has previously worked at UN Women UK and the Future Leaders Network and was formerly the UK Head Delegate to the Youth7, the G7’s official youth engagement group. She also served as President of Cambridge University Students’ Union. She is a regular commentator in the media on issues pertinent to UK foreign policy.