A Chartered Psychologist, Richard has 14 years’ post-doctoral experience as a researcher and consultant collaborating with academics, industry and Government (including BEIS, Ofgem, Defra). His work focuses on behaviour change, public engagement and policy for sustainable living and rapid system change for Net Zero. Specific interests include energy, technology adoption, diet and data-led digital tools. He has authored several high-impact energy policy briefing papers for Energy Futures Lab and Grantham Institute.
In 2018-19 he was seconded to the Climate Change Committee to provide social science analysis and to author the independent report, Behaviour change, public engagement and Net Zero with policy recommendations for high-impact shifts in household behaviour across mobility, heating and diet. This report received considerable media attention and the work helped to inform the Committee’s historic Net Zero report and later demand-side recommendations for aviation and land use. In 2020 he was invited to give one of the annual Beesley Lectures. His work on implementing these recommendations includes: the BEIS-funded Smarter Tariffs – Smarter Comparisons project; the UKERC-funded Win-Window project (for which he is Co-Investigator) that will develop a climate ‘Co-benefits Tracker’; and a BEIS Heat Pump Ready Programme project to support peer-to-peer learning for the heat pump transition.
He has been Project Advisor & Behaviour Expert for several BEIS-funded projects related to Net Zero including: Net Zero Societal Change Evidence and Analysis; Energy and Climate Change Behavioural Science Framework; and Expert Advisory Group member for the Government Office for Science project, A Net Zero Society: Scenarios and Pathways. He serves on the BPS Climate and Environmental Crisis Steering Group; is Advisory Board member for Giki Social Enterprises Ltd; Advisory Panel member for www.behaviourchange.org.uk and is a Fellow of the RSA.