The Centre for Democratic Engagement is very proud to announce that its member Dr Viktoria Spaiser has been awarded one of the very competitive UKRI Future Leaders Fellowships! Dr Spaiser will research how we can accelerate social change (change in policies, institutions and behaviours) in response to the climate crisis – an absolutely top priority to address a fundamental challenge of our societies. As part of this research, she will investigate the effectiveness of new norms advanced by recent global climate protests, such as Fridays For Futures and how political psychology mechanisms can be harnessed for an empowering and adequate climate action mobilisation. Dr Spaiser is part of a select group of Fellows, who will benefit from a four years’ investment into developing pioneering research and expertise in the field. UKRI’s Future Leader Fellowships aim to establish the careers of the new generation of world-class scientists. It is a very timely recognition of the world-leading inter-disciplinary scholarship developed by Dr Spaiser and the CDE is incredibly excited to be hosting this research!