Dr Warren Pearce

Warren Pearce


Warren joined the University in March 2016 as Faculty Fellow in iHuman. From 2012-2016, he was a Research Fellow within the University of Nottingham’s Institute for Science and Society working on Making Science Public, a five-year Leverhulme Trust programme focused on the relationship between science, politics and publics. Warren holds a PhD in Public Policy, a MA in Public Policy and a MA in Research Methods (all University of Nottingham). He also holds a BA in Geography and Politics (University of Sheffield).

Warren is a member of the Virtual Institute for Responsible Innovation, and a member of the inaugural Board of Science in Public, the international cross-disciplinary network focused on the relationship between science, technology and publics.

Warren Pearce on Twitter @WarrenPearce

Research Interests

Warren’s research lies at the intersection of science, policy and publics, with three main areas of research interest: climate change communication and policy; public inclusion in research governance; and the rise of randomised trials within UK public policy.

Warren holds a three-year ESRC Future Research Leaders fellowship (2016-19) to investigate the implications of the social media revolution for the science and politics of climate change.

His research regularly appears in the international media, including The Guardian, The Independent, de Volkstrant, Der Spiegel, Scientific American, Research Fortnight and Huffington Post.

Key Publications

Hartley, S., Pearce, W., & Taylor, A. (2016). Against the tide of depoliticisation: The politics of research governance. Policy & Politics. https://doi.org/10.1332/030557316X14681503832036

Hollin, G. J. S., & Pearce, W. (2015). Tension between scientific certainty and meaning complicates communication of IPCC reports. Nature Climate Change, 5(8), 753–756. https://doi.org/10.1038/nclimate2672

Pearce, W., Brown, B., Nerlich, B., & Koteyko, N. (2015). Communicating climate change: conduits, content, and consensus. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change, 6(6), 613–626. https://doi.org/10.1002/wcc.366

Pearce, W., Holmberg, K., Hellsten, I., & Nerlich, B. (2014). Climate Change on Twitter: Topics, Communities and Conversations about the 2013 IPCC Working Group 1 Report. PLOS ONE, 9(4), e94785. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0094785

Pearce, W., & Raman, S. (2014). The new randomised controlled trials (RCT) movement in public policy: challenges of epistemic governance. Policy Sciences, 47(4), 387–402. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11077-014-9208-3

Wesselink, A., Colebatch, H., & Pearce, W. (2014). Evidence and policy: discourses, meanings and practices. Policy Sciences, 47(4), 339–344. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11077-014-9209-2