Amy is an Environmental Psychologist with an interest in the impact of consumer culture upon personal and societal well-being. Her research aims to find more rewarding, sustainable ways of living that do not rely on having ever more income and every more stuff. Amy's PhD research examined the relevance of psychological 'flow' to the relationship between materialism and reduced personal well-being.
Prior to starting her PhD, Amy completed an undergraduate degree of the University of Warwick in 2015 before moving straight on to begin her master’s at Lancaster University. Up to this point her research had focused on the area of consumer psychology, and in particular she conducted research projects examining the factors that led people to buy impulsively online. When completing her master’s course Amy's interests altered slightly and this is when she became interested in the negative impacts of advertising, and consumer culture in general, on society.
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Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council. Research Fellow. January 2020 - Present.
The Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity (CUSP) aims to understand how people view “the good life” and to investigate how this can be achieved on a finite planet, for example through alternative economic models and the arts. Within CUSP, my research is part of the S1.2 theme, and focuses on exploring the idea that it is possible to have more fun with less stuff.
Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council. Research Assistant. July - December 2019.
I was responsibe for leading the research and writing on a literature review summarising the existing evidence base on the links between well-being and productivity growth.
Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council. PhD Student. October 2016 - November 2019.
Under the supervision of Dr Birgitta Gatersleben and Professor Tim Jackson, my research examined the relevance of the concept of ‘flow’ to the relationship between materialistic values and reduced personal well-being. Flow describes an optimal state of enjoyment whereby one is completely immersed in a task and has been shown to improve well-being. My work first looked at the environmental and wellbeing consequences of engaging in flow experiences. It then investigated whether materialistic individuals are less likely to experience flow, why this may be, and how the experience of flow can be promoted to these individuals.
Academic Tutor for Psychology undergraduates.
Guest lecturer on MSc Environmental Psychology module 'The Psychology of Sustainable Development'.
Guest lecturer on MSc Environmental Strategy/Sustainable Development module 'Ecological Economics'.