How can we ensure that temperatures do not rise above 1.5C?

About the project or challenge area

In October 2018, the IPCC delivered a report which concluded that we have 12 years to prevent global mean temperatures rising above 1.5C relative to pre-industrial times. Failing to do so will result in catastrophic loss of animal and plant life, and put humans living in vulnerable areas at substantial risk. And yet, responding to this urgent call seems daunting - how can we, as a global community, implement the wide-scale systems changes required?

Why choose this opportunity?

You will have the opportunity to explore one of the most urgent global problems facing humanity today. In addition, your research will be policy-relevant, and might open up opportunities for public engagement and/or engagement with policymakers.

About you

You will have an interest in addressing climate change and policy analysis skills would be helpful.

How to apply

Please note this project has been filled, however it will be running again in 2021. If you have any questions, please contact

All students can apply using the button below, following the Masters by Research Admissions Statement (PDF, 187kB). Please note that this is an advertised challenge area, which means you should complete Section A + B of the Masters by Research Statement Template (Office document, 68kB).

Before applying, we recommend getting in touch with the project's supervisors. If you are interested in this project and would like to learn more about the research you will be undertaking, please use the contact details on this page.

Alix Dietzel Supervisor

Your supervisor for this project will be Dr Alix Dietzel, Lecturer in Politics in the School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies. You can contact her at +44 117 9289176 or email  

Find out more about your prospective research community

The Environmental Change theme is a vibrant community of researchers who integrate expertise across multiple disciplines to provide the evidence base and solutions to tackle the world's most pressing environmental challenges. Find out more about the Environmental Change research theme.

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