Our sustainability research focuses on understanding the social and psychological factors which may help to understand and change (un)sustainable behaviours and practices.
Our work examines a broad range of environmental issues from the local to the global. Much of this work is multidisciplinary in nature and aims to support environmental policy and management.
Key research areas
Our work falls within five key areas:
- Resources and energy
- Sustainable consumption
- Sustainable urban living
- Waste, pollution and litter
- Knowledge exchange.
- 2016-2021: JUNO – a network for Japan-UK nuclear opportunities. More information: email@example.com
- 2017 – 2019: The influence of habit on our behaviours – AMRSim. More information: K.Wyles@surrey.ac.uk
- 2014-2015: Public perceptions of Carbon Dioxide Utilisation in the UK and Germany. More information: firstname.lastname@example.org
- 2011-2013: Energy Innovation for Deprived Communities (i.e. the BIG Energy Upgrade). More information: email@example.com
- 2010-2013: REDUCE (Reshaping Energy Demand of Users by Communication Technology and Economic Incentives). More information: firstname.lastname@example.org
- 2012: Understanding responses to the UK Government’s ‘Green Deal’. More information: email@example.com
- 2021: Promoting active travel in Surrey. Living Lab project with the Surrey Climate Commission. Birgitta Gatersleben: firstname.lastname@example.org
- 2020: Travel to work, pre-during and post Covid-19. Nicola Rieg: email@example.com
- 2019: The Social-symbolic aspects of transportation: Birgitta Gatersleben: firstname.lastname@example.org
- 2012: When it comes to how I travel, who am I? More information. More information: email@example.com
- 2009: Hoody, goody or buddy: how mode use affects social perceptions. More information: firstname.lastname@example.org
- 2001: Quiet Lanes (speed in country) – Surrey County Council. More information: email@example.com
- 1998 - 2001: The risk perceptions of transport generated air pollution. More information: firstname.lastname@example.org
- 2000 - 2001: Promoting cycling to work: attitudes and perceptions in different stages of change. More information: email@example.com
- 1999 – 2001: Conflict and Shared Use Project – Countryside Agency. More information: firstname.lastname@example.org
- 2016 – 2021: Living well with less (part of CUSP (Centre for Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity). More information: email@example.com
- 2014 – 2015: TRANSFER: Trading approaches to nurturing sustainable consumption in fashion and energy retail. More information: firstname.lastname@example.org
- 2011 – 2013: LOCAW: Low Carbon at Work: Modelling agents and organisations to achieve transition to a low carbon Europe. More information: email@example.com
- 2010 – 2013: ELICIT (Exploring lifestyle changes in transition). firstname.lastname@example.org
- 2006 – 2011: RESOLVE (Research on Lifestyles Values and the Environment: http://resolve.sustainablelifestyles.ac.uk). More information: email@example.com
- 2009 – 2010: Teenage consumerism: Exploring the relationship between material and environmental values, consumer behaviour and wellbeing among 16-25 your olds in the UK, Spain and China. More information: firstname.lastname@example.org
- 2009-2010: The 21st century living project (with EDEN project). A one year longitudinal study among 100 households examining options for establishing more sustainable household consumption patterns. email@example.com
- 2020-2022 MyGlobalHome Pilot Demonstrator. Innovate UK: Transforming UK construction: demonstrator projects, £641,000 UniS, £3.8M grant for project value of £7.9M. Principal Investigator: Chris Jones (EPRG)
- 2019 - 2020: A Living Lab for Clean, Sustainable and Healthy Communities via Advanced Technologies at Surrey: Surrey Living Lab ,HEIF Industrial Strategy fund. Principal Investigator: Chris Jones (EPRG)
- 2018-2022: STEEP Carbon-Trans. Germany Government, Department of Education and Research: €32,000. Principal Investigator: R.P. Lee, Freiberg Technical University, German. Co-investigator: Chris Jones (EPRG)
- 2016-2019: People’s perceptions and willingness to act regarding the issue of marine litter in the Arctic (part of MARP). K.Wyles@surrey.ac.uk
- 2016: People’s perception and importance of microplastics. K.Wyles@surrey.ac.uk
- 2014-6: Looking at the impacts of clean up initiatives on the volunteers. K.Wyles@surrey.ac.uk
- 2012 – 2016: Testing interventions to promote the recycling, and reduction of household food waste. For more information: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com
- 2003 – 2004: The Surrey Scholar Research Project in Waste recycling. More information: firstname.lastname@example.org
ACCESS is a five-year climate and environment social science project funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). It is headed by Professor Patrick-Devine Wright of the University of Exeter, with Professor Birgitta Gatersleben of the University of Surrey as Deputy Director. ACCESS aims to provide leadership on the social science contribution to tackling and solving a range of environmental problems. ACCESS will provide insights to find fresh thinking and new solutions to support the transition to a sustainable and biodiverse environment and a net zero society.
ACCESS consists of four work packages underpinned by three crosscutting themes of ‘Knowledge Co-Production’, ‘Equality, Diversity & Inclusion’, and ‘Net Zero Sustainability’:
WP1. Map, Assess and Learn from the past experiences of social scientists to catalyse change in policy culture, institutions (e.g., civil service), businesses and civil society.
WP2. Empower environmental social scientists at different learning and career stages by providing tailored training and capacity building.
WP3. Innovate by creating new ideas and testing new approaches that enable social scientists to play influential, leading roles in addressing environmental challenges.
WP4. Champion and coordinate environmental social scientists across the UK and internationally by providing an accessible knowledge/data hub and innovative public engagement tracker
2022-2025: Valuing the mental health and well-being benefits of nature engagement through measures of soundscape complexity (Ellie Ratcliffe)
2021-2022 – Less Netflix, More Nature. UGPN-funded project examining perceptions of Nature prescriptions across the world. With North Carolina State University, University of São Paulo, and University of Wollongong (Melissa Marselle & Birgitta Gatersleben).
Dr Forest – Diversity of Forests affecting human health and well-being (Melissa Marselle)
2021-2022: Caring—with Cities - Enacting more careful urban approaches with community-led developments and policymakers (Ellie Ratcliffe)
2020-2022: MyGlobalHome 'Connected Living' Demonstrator
2020-present: North West Guildford 2030