Dr Chris Jones is a Senior Lecturer in Social and Environmental Psychology, with particular interests in attitudes and behaviours towards energy and environment.
He gained his first degree in Psychology (BSc) at the University of Birmingham (1999-2002) before moving to the University of Sheffield to complete a Master’s degree in Psychological Research (2002-2003) and a PhD in Social Psychology (2003-2007). His PhD, completed under the supervision of Prof. J. Richard Eiser, focused on understanding more about the nature and process of attitude formation in novel environments.
Upon completing his PhD, Chris completed a 4-year post-doctoral position on the ‘Understanding Risk: Climate change and energy choices’ project (2007-2010). It was this multi-centre (Cardiff, Sheffield & UEA), multi-disciplinary project that first stimulated Chris’s research interests in public attitudes towards environmental change.
Following his appointment as Lecturer in Social and Environmental Psychology at the University of Sheffield (2011), Chris continued to develop these interests and developed two key strands of research: (1) Assessing attitudes and behaviour towards energy supply and demand side technology options; and (2) Assessing the factors that facilitate and inhibit the promotion of more sustainable lifestyles. The applied relevance of these topics has led Chris to develop a number of fruitful collaborations with academics in other disciplines, as well as a number of non-academic stakeholder groups (e.g. business and industry).
Chris joined the University of Surrey in the summer of 2017.
Alongside his research and teaching roles, Chris is the Impact Lead and the Employability Lead for the School of Psychology.
Areas of specialism
University roles and responsibilities
- Impact Lead for School of Psychology
- Employability Lead for School of Psychology
Affiliations and memberships
My research focuses on public attitudes and responses to environmental change. The interdisciplinary and applied nature of my research has led to collaborations with a number of disciplines, including chemical engineering, town and regional planning, geography, landscape, computer science, management, journalism studies and sustainable fashion. I also have a number of historical and on-going collaborations with business and industry.
My research tends to cluster under two broad themes:
- Public Acceptance of Energy TechnologiesAssessing attitudes and behaviour towards established and emerging supply and demand side technology options (e.g. nuclear power, wind power, carbon dioxide storage and utilisation, smart metering). This includes understanding the implications for planning policy, public engagement and communication, etc.
- Sustainability and Pro-environmental BehaviourAssessing the factors that facilitate and inhibit action on environmental issues and the promotion of more sustainable lifestyles (e.g. compensatory beliefs and moral licensing). This includes studying the interface between business/industry operations and the public.
Indicators of esteem
Research grants (select)
2016 - 2021: JUNO: A network for Japan - UK nuclear opportunities. EPSRC (£547K). N. Hyatt (PI, Sheffield).
2014 - 2015: TRading Approaches to Nurturing Sustainable consumption in Fashion & Energy Retail (TRANSFER). ESRC Knowledge Exchange in the Retail Sector Initiative (£326,000 equivalent). C. R. Jones (PI, Sheffield)
2011 - 2012: Attitudes to Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) in the US and Canada. Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) ($120,000). C. R. Jones (PI, Sheffield)
2011 - 2013: Energy Innovation for Deprived Communities (EIDC) AKA BIG Energy Upgrade. European Regional Development Fund (£1.5M equivalent - Psychology £108,000). S. C. L. Koh (PI, Sheffield)
I teach on the BSc (Hons) Psychology course.
I contribute to the PSY3109: Social Understanding of Science and Technology (SUST) module.
I teach on the following courses:
I contribute to the following modules:
- PSYM013: Social Change and Influence
- PSYM117: Social Understanding of Science and Technology (SUST).
Jones, C. R., Olfe-Kraeutlein, B., Naims, H., & Armstrong, K. (2017). The social acceptance of carbon dioxide utilisation: A review and research agenda. Frontiers in Energy Research, 5, 11. https://doi.org/10.3389/fenrg.2017.00011
Hope, A. L., Jones, C. R., Webb, T. L., Watson, M. T., & Kaklamanou, D. (2017). The Role of Compensatory Beliefs in Rationalizing Environmentally Detrimental Behaviors. Environment and Behavior. https://doi.org/10.1177/0013916517706730
Jones, C. R., Kaklamanou, D., & Lazuras, L. (2017). Public perceptions of energy security in Greece and Turkey: Exploring the relevance of pro-environmental and pro-cultural orientations. Energy Research and Social Science, 28, 17-28. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.erss.2017.04.002
Perdan, S., Jones, C. R., & Azapagic, A. (2017). Public awareness and acceptance of carbon capture and utilisation in the UK. Sustainable Production and Consumption, 10, 74-84. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.spc.2017.01.001
Jones, C. R., & Jones, A. R. (2016). Two Blind Mice: It Is Time for Greater Collaboration between Engineers and Social Scientists around the RDD & D of Industrial Technologies. C, 2(2), 16. DOI:10.3390/c2020016
Jones, C. R., Kaklamanou, D., Stuttard, W., Radford, R., & Burley, J. (2015). FDCDU15-Investigating public perceptions of Carbon Dioxide Utilisation (CDU) technology: a mixed methods study. Faraday Discussions. http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/C5FD00063G
Jones, C.R., Elgueta, H., & Eiser, J. R. (2015). Reconciling nuclear risk: the impact of the Fukushima accident on comparative preferences for nuclear power in UK electricity generation. Journal of Applied Social Psychology. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jasp.12359
Kaklamanou, D., Jones, C. R., Webb, T. L., & Walker, S. R. (2015). Using Public Transport Can Make Up for Flying Abroad on Holiday Compensatory Green Beliefs and Environmentally Significant Behavior. Environment and Behavior, 47(2), 184-204.
Jones, C. R., Lange, E., Kang, J., Tsuchiya, A., Howell, R. et al. (2014). WindNet: Improving the impact assessment of wind power projects. AIMS Energy, 2(4), 461-484.
Jones, C. R., & Eiser, J. R. (2014). Attitude Formation Through Exploration The “Treasure Island” Paradigm and the Significance of Risk Predictability. SAGE Open, 4(3), 2158244014551927.
Jones, C. R., Radford, R. L., Armstrong, K., & Styring, P. (2014). What a waste! Assessing public perceptions of Carbon Dioxide Utilisation technology. Journal of CO2 Utilization, 7, 51-54.
Hope, A. L. B, & Jones, C. R. (2014). The impact of religious faith on attitudes to environmental issues and Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) technologies: A mixed methods study. Technology in Society, 38, 48-59.
Maidment, C. D., Jones, C. R., Webb, T. L., Hathway, E. A., & Gilbertson, J. M. (2014). The impact of household energy efficiency measures on health: A meta-analysis. Energy Policy, 65, 583-593.
Scott, F. L., Jones, C. R., & Webb, T. L. (2014). What do people living in deprived communities in the UK think about household energy efficiency interventions? Energy Policy, 66, 335-349.
Whittle, C., & Jones, C. R. (2013) User perceptions of energy consumption in university buildings: A University of Sheffield case study. Journal of Sustainability Education, 5. ISSN: 2151-7452.
Kaklamanou, D., Armitage, C., & Jones, C. R. (2013). A further look into compensatory health beliefs: A think aloud study. British Journal of Health Psychology, 18, 139-154.
2011 - 2012
Jones, C. R., Eiser, J. R., & Gamble, T. (2012) Assessing the impact of framing on the comparative favourability of nuclear power as an electricity generating option. Energy Policy, 40, 451-465.
Jones, C. R., Orr, B. J., & Eiser, J. R. (2011) Identifying predictors of capacity-estimates for onshore wind-power development in a region of the UK: When is enough, enough? Energy Policy, 39, 4563-4577
2009 - 2010
Eiser J. R., Aluchna, K., Jones, C. R. (2010). Local wind or Russian gas? Contextual influences on Polish attitudes to wind energy developments. Environment & Planning C: Government & Policy, 28, 595-608
Jones, C. R., Rennie, L., & Woolley, L. (2010). Local opposition to wind development: Dissecting the democratic deficit. Social Psychological Review, 12, 28-35.
Jones, C. R., & Eiser, J. R. (2010). Understanding 'local' opposition to wind development in the UK: How big is a backyard? Energy Policy, 38, 3106-3117.
Jones, C. R., & Eiser, J. R. (2009). Identifying predictors of attitudes towards local onshore wind development with reference to an English case study. Energy Policy, 37, 4604-4614.
Jones, C. R. (2014). Understanding and assessing public perceptions of Carbon Dioxide Utilization (CDU) technologies. In P. Styring, A. Quadrelli, K. Armstrong (Eds.) Carbon Dioxide Utilization: Closing the carbon cycle (1st edition), Elsevier.