James Diffey is a 25-year-old researcher and support tool designer within the Climate Cares team - a collaboration between the Helix Centre for Design, The Institute of Global Health Innovation, and the Grantham Institute for Climate Change at Imperial College London. He specialises in 'climate change emotions' and how we can learn to navigate them more helpfully, with benefits for our mental wellbeing, sense of purpose, and our relationship with the wider world.
Since joining the Climate Cares team in 2020, he has led on the Climate Cares Guided Journal project presenting at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, led a research paper on young people's feelings and hopes about climate change around the world for the International Review of Psychiatry, and supported across a range of other research and support tool projects.
Prior to joining the College, James earned a BSc (Economics and Geography) from University College London and an MSc (Environment and International Development) from the London School of Economics.
Alongside his work at Climate Cares, James is training as a psychosynthesis psychotherapist with the Psychosynthesis Trust and supports lived experience mental health research at The McPin Foundation.
James is particularly passionate about destigmatising mental health- and broadening its definition to include our capacity to engage with the world's most pressing issues.