Nicholas Pidgeon is a Professor of Environmental Psychology and Director of the Understanding Risk Research Group at Cardiff University. He works on risk, risk perception, and risk communication and as such his research is interdisciplinary at the interface of social psychology, environmental sciences and geography, and science and technology studies. He is currently researching public responses to energy technologies, climate change risks, nanotechnologies and climate geoengineering.
He has in the past led numerous policy oriented projects on issues of public responses to environmental and technological risk issues and on ‘science in society’ for UK Government Departments, the Research Councils, the Royal Society, and Charities. He currently serves as a social sciences advisor to the UK Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and to the Department of Energy and Climate Change.
He was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the British Science Association in 2011, and an MBE in the 2014 Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to climate change awareness and energy security policy.