Clare Twigger-Ross, Technical Director


Clare is a Technical Director at CEP and is an environmental psychologist with approximately 20 years' experience of social research on the environment. She joined CEP in 2002 having previously worked in academia and for the Environment Agency. She has experience in the fields of the social aspects of flooding, environmental risk perception, attachment to place, stakeholder engagement in environmental decision making, integrated appraisal tools and techniques, and innovative methods for participation. 

Clare is a leading advocate for the value of the social sciences within the environmental arena, and has used social research methods (both quantitative and qualitative) and stakeholder engagement to facilitate knowledge brokerage specifically in the area of flood risk management and climate change. She has led a number of projects on the social aspects of flood risk management for the Environment Agency and the UK Department for the Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and has a considerable knowledge of policy and practice of flood risk management in the UK. Clare is an experienced social researcher and facilitator and has more than ten years' experience with both the theoretical and practical aspects of consultation, participation and stakeholder engagement, and these are areas that inform all of her project work.

More recently she has carried out work on community resilience and vulnerability in relation to flooding and climate change, understanding the social benefits of nature. Further, she has considerable experience of evaluation of policy and practice working with the Centre for the Evaluation of Complexity at the Nexus as one of their fellows (2017). Clare was awarded a PhD in 1994 - Psychological Attachment to Place and Identity: London Docklands - a case study, University of Surrey. She is an active member of the International Association of Person-Environment Studies (IAPS): a board member from 2010 – 2018 and treasurer 2014 – 2018. She has been a member of Defra Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management R&D theme advisory groups since 2004.