Julie Mair

Julie Mair


I studied Politics at the University of Liverpool for my undergraduate degree and graduated in 2005. Since then I have worked extensively in the utilities industry, delivering carbon saving projects (CERT, CESP and ECO) for an energy company, before moving to Yorkshire Water to work on the implementation of retail competition for non-household customers. In 2017 I decided to return to university and completed my MSc in Climate Change and Environmental Policy at the University of Leeds, inspired by my personal environmental values and my desire to work in a field that was making a positive difference. My time working in industry has also given me a keen interest in the communication of research and its use in decision making by organisations and I'm passionate about finding ways to bridge the gap between academia, business and policy. 

Research interests

I am a 1st year PhD student funded by the Priestley Centre and my project is looking at the uptake and use of UKCP18 projections for climate change adaptation, supervised by Professor Suraje Dessai and Professor Jason Lowe. UKCP18 is the new set of climate scenarios created by the Met Office and have been developed with greater emphasis on user requirements in order to improve its usability. My research will evaluate the success of that ambition by assessing awareness and perceptions of the projections, the organisations that are using them and what the projections are being used for, with the aim of understanding the factors that influence the usability of climate information for organisations, and the drivers and barriers that influence its use for adaptation.



  • BA, Politics - University of Liverpool
  • MSc, Climate Change and Environmental Policy - University of Leeds

Research groups and institutes

  • Climate Change Adaptation, Vulnerability and Services
  • Sustainability Research Institute