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 Technologies Assessing 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 Behaviour Assessing 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.
requirement to conform to existing and emerging legislation, companies from
ostensibly disparate sectors face the common challenge of encouraging the reduced
consumption of saleable products, while simultaneously maintaining financial prosperity. Initially focused on knowledge exchange between the energy and water
utilities and fashion retailers, TRANSFER (Trading Approaches to Nurturing
Sustainable consumption in Fashion and Energy Retail) is now working together
with a diverse group of large and SME (small- and medium-sized enterprises) retailers
from a number of sectors, with the aim of successfully addressing this paradox.
Combining the experiences of our commercial partners with academic expertise from
a team of psychologists, fashion and management experts from the University of
Sheffield and University of the Arts, London, TRANSFER is also investigating how
efforts to promote sustainable consumption within retail are received and responded
to by consumers. In fulfilling the project aims we hope to foster a more complete
understanding of how retail sector initiatives can be successfully designed and
implemented in order to have a positive impact on both retailers and their customers.
This article provides a summary of the TRANSFER ?Making it Real? installation,
held at Trinity Leeds shopping centre, (February 2015). This innovative, interactive
exhibition was conceived of and developed upon the basis of discussions held
with TRANSFER partners at a commercial partner workshop held in April 2014.
TRANSFER is a knowledge exchange project funded by the Economic and Social
Research Council (ESRC) Retail Sector Initiative 2013 (ES/L005204/1).
of their commercial success; however, there is a paucity of research into the nature and antecedents of lay-public perceptions of
grid-scale ESTs. We report on the findings of an online survey distributed to a diverse sample of the UK (N=1,044) designed to
address this gap. The focus was on four grid-scale options (i.e. pumped hydro storage, compressed air energy storage, flywheels
and lithium-ion batteries). Broadly, respondents were favourable to all technologies, although there was a preference for pumped
hydro storage. Regression analysis revealed that intentions to support ESTs were positively predicted by attitudes, positive affect,
perceived benefits, trust in developers, self-claimed awareness of ESTs and a belief that financial expenditure on the technology is
warranted. Pro-ecological values were a negative predictor. Possible explanations for and implications of the findings are discussed
consumers. We examined how broad environmental worldviews related to shoppers? ratings
of the importance of various shopping criteria, including recognition of eco-labels, by surveying 502
shoppers from the city of Sheffield, England. Environmental worldviews were measured using the
New Ecological Paradigm (NEP) scale. Responses to the scale split into two dimensions reflecting
the scale?s origins: the Dominant Social Paradigm (DSP) and NEP subscales. Subscription to
the NEP (ecocentric values) was associated with greater importance ratings of nutrition & health,
animal welfare, the environment, Fairtrade, seasonal, local and organic criteria. Subscription to
the DSP (anthropocentric values) was associated with greater importance ratings of quality, taste,
safety, price and convenience criteria. Notably, subscription to DSP values was the only predictor
of eco-label recognition score in a multivariate model. These results indicate that the NEP scale
should be considered as two subscales. The results suggest that campaigns to increase consumers?
environmental awareness in order to encourage environmentally driven food shopping are likely to
motivate only consumers disenchanted with technological and anthropocentric development.