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.

Vicky Hayman, Knowledge exchange & coordination officer

Vicky joined UKCIP in 2009 and is involved in the management of the Adaptation and Resilience in the Context of Change Network (ARCC) which focuses on sector-specific adaptation options in the built environment and its infrastructure.

Phil Sivell, Adaptation science officer, infrastructure

Phil has 30 years experience working in environmental management and sustainability. He led the early adaptation activity in the south east of England, initiating joint working between regional groups across the UK. Phil’s time with consultants TRL involved developing evidence-based solutions to climate change challenges. He is currently working with Adaptation and Resilience in the Context of Change Network on infrastructure-based projects.

Roger Street, Senior research fellow

Roger joined UKCIP in 2006 after working over for 30 years for the Canadian federal government, much of which focused on climate, and impacts and adaptation. Along with his role at UKCIP, he is also the Living with Environmental Change (LWEC) Climate Adaptation Fellow. At UKCIP, he leads the Programme’s technical and scientific work, guiding risk, vulnerability and adaptation assessments, and delivering new supportive resources and tools. Roger also plays a leading role in the UK and internationally on developing and presenting climate information to inform these assessments and adaptation decisions. He also leads the Adaptation and Resilience in the Context of Change Network which coordinates researcher and stakeholder engagement to inform adaptation policy and practice, focusing on the built environment and infrastructure sectors.

Roger also works internationally (e.g. China and Australia) with initiatives related to supporting and informing adaptation assessments, including training and developing guidance (e.g. Adaptation to Climate Change in China).

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.

Tanya Wilkins, Communication & knowledge exchange

Australian in Oxford. Promoter of genuine communication and engagement, an advocate for the experts in these new days of ‘google-fuelled online warriors’. Tanya joined the ARCC network in February 2016, relocating from Australia with a background in communication and marketing of government programmes. Her new role is to synthesise, translate and communicate critical research outputs for use by decision-making communities through a range of resources. She also coordinates engagement and knowledge transfer activities to further the communication of research evidence and knowledge to specific audiences.

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 140 characters. Stephanie joined UKCIP in 2002.