Kate Sambrook

Kate Sambrook


I’m a PhD researcher working between the Priestley International Centre for Climate in the Faculty of Environment, and the Centre for Decision Research in the Business School. I achieved my master's degree in Climate Change and Environmental Policy at the University of Leeds following the completion of my undergraduate degree in physical geography, also at the University of Leeds.



Research interests

My current project aims to bring together physical geographical measures (e.g., Met Office data) with psychological data (from focus groups, experiments, and surveys) to explore public perceptions of heatwaves in the U.K. Sharing insights from both disciplines, I am interested in examining current public understanding of heatwaves, how experienced heat affects health and the usefulness of charts in communicating heatwave risk. My research will build on previous work on public responses to heatwaves and graphical health risk communication conducted in the Leeds Centre for Decision Research, whilst making a unique contribution to both climate change communication and psychology fields (cognitive and perceptual; experimental). 


  • 2016-2017: MSc Climate Change and Environmental Policy, University of Leeds
  • 2013-2016: BSc Geography, University of Leeds

Research groups and institutes

  • Sustainability Research Institute