The Climate Action Research Network (CARN), led by the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, exists to promote interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary climate action research. Our aim is to support researchers to explore the human dimensions of climate change from social, cultural, artistic, and behavioural perspectives.

Addressing the climate and biodiversity crises requires engaging with human and societal impacts and agency, in dialogue with science and technology. Working closely with the Climate Action Research Institute (CARI) based in the Faculty of Science and Engineering, CARN provides a bridge between arts, humanities, and social sciences research and climate research in the other faculties.

What We Do

CARN facilitates collaborations between researchers to develop new approaches to addressing the interlocked crises of climate change, biodiversity and pollution. We also work with external partners for action on the climate crisis. CARN’s research clusters are dynamic and reflect emerging challenges and the research synergies of its members. Some overarching themes are:

Narratives of Climate Change


Behaviours, Values and Societal Change


Future-Focused Action


Our Activities Include

  • Developing interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary funding proposals
  • Co-creating research and impact with non-academic partners
  • Fostering interdisciplinary conversations via monthly events for members
  • Organising guest lectures, research seminars and symposia in conjunction with CARI
  • Mentoring researchers in climate action research
  • Supporting PGR climate action research
  • Developing international networks and collaborations
  • Working with non-academic groups on implementing positive action
  • Supporting the decarbonisation of our research and institutional change

How Can You Take Part

We welcome suggestions for new collaborations, themes, speakers, or requests for support to develop relevant collaborative funding bids. To join the network or request more information, email Director of the Climate Action Research Network, Professor Kirsti Bohata:

Who We Are

Director: Professor Kirsti Bohata

About the Director: Kirsti Bohata is a Professor of English Literature specialising in Welsh writing in English. She has published on postcolonial, queer, disability and place-based approaches to literature.  Professor Bohata leads the interdisciplinary Narrating Rural Change Network, and recent research includes using co-design of games to develop understanding and action on the climate and biodiversity crises (funded by AHRC) and a collaborative project climate scientists and artists called Climate Lab (funded by NERC and MASI).

CARN Steering Group: