The Carbon Literacy Project is a world-first initiative in it’s aims to empower the citizens of Manchester and beyond with Carbon Literacy.

We are often approached by academic groups who wish to carry out independent research or case studies on the project; a couple of which have already been completed (see below).

We also welcome further research to be undertaken and host occasional events for academic researchers to come and have a chat to us. If you feel like you might like to conduct a research project or case study on our Carbon Literacy Project (this could be part of an Undergrad, Masters or PhD course) and want to find out more then we’d love to hear from you. Please drop us a line or attend one of our Academic/ Researchers events.

We want to share these studies with you, and we welcome your feedback.


Published Studies

Manchester Carbon Literacy Evaluation:
Report Highlights Click to read the summary report.

Janice Astbury and Kelly Tate
Doctoral Researchers, The University of Manchester
November 2012

Summary: This report provides a qualitative evaluation of the experiences of trainers and learners from three project partner organisations, through completion of a case study involving Manchester Environmental Education Network (MAES).

“There was clear evidence of specific behaviour change in response to the training. From everyday energy saving behaviours to household decisions, such as installing cavity wall insulation.”

The study also highlighted several examples of the ‘cascade effect’ – where participants discussed the training or Carbon Literacy with family,  friends or colleagues.



Analysis of implementing a pro-environmental
behaviour change program within a local authority

Analysis of implementing a pro-environmental behaviour change program within a local authority

Reuben Kogie
MSc student, The University of Manchester
September 2013

Summary: This report sought to analyse and evaluate the application of a behavioural change program within a local authority. It took a case study approach centred on Manchester City Council (MCC) as they implemented the Carbon Literacy Standard (CLS).

“…empirical findings suggest overall positive engagement of Carbon Literacy assimilated within Manchester City Council staff. Ties to self-esteem, personal responsibility and commitment to act on environmental concerns have also been discovered where the sample population felt confident in sharing gained knowledge with their peers.”

Full copies of the dissertation can be requested through email:


Studies in the Making

When we know of other studies that are being conducted on The Carbon Literacy Project we will post them here to keep you updated.



Internal Research

Carbon Literacy: Knowledge (CLK)
E-learning Effectiveness Report

Emma Charlotte Richards
Project Officer, Cooler Projects
June 2017

Summary: This report provides insight into the effectiveness of the ‘Carbon Literacy: Knowledge’ (CLK) e-learning package as a method of delivery for the Knowledge section of the Carbon Literacy Standard.

“CLK e-learning is effective in motivating learners to take action on climate change (CC). Following on from the e-learning, participants are most likely to feel – more aware, motivated, and positive.”

“Overall, attitudes towards the CLK e-learning were determined to be overwhelmingly positive – “This was a very informative and enjoyable module to follow, and its
explanations and science readily understood by someone with little scientific knowledge”.”

Full copies of the research can be requested through email: