My passion lies in the application of findings from environmental psychology and Energy-Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH) research into UK policy, especially aiming to address the climate crisis. My research is primarily focused on issues associated with risk perceptions and other individual or socio-demographic factors which shape pro-environmental behaviours. I have previously undertaken research on COVID-19 risk perceptions, communications and risk management strategies, evaluated domestic energy advice schemes, and investigated the motivators and barriers to domestic energy saving in England for my PhD thesis.
I currently work as a Knowledge Exchange Fellow for ACCESS (Advancing Capacity for Climate and Environment Social Science) and a Sustainability Fellow with the Institute for Sustainability, based at the University of Surrey, UK. ACCESS is a 5-year program of work, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, which will champion and coordinate social science to address key environmental challenges spanning biodiversity, sustainability and decarbonisation.
ACCESS is a team of world-leading social science and interdisciplinary experts led by Professor Patrick Devine-Wright (University of Exeter) as Director and Professor Birgitta Gatersleben (University of Surrey) as Co-Director, with Co-Investigators from the Universities of Bath, Sussex, Leeds and the Natural Environment Social Research Network (Natural England, Natural Resources Wales, NatureScot, Environment Agency and Forest Research). ACCESS also includes an extensive partner network including, amongst others, the Universities of Belfast, Cardiff and Manchester, the Tyndall Centre, and the National Trust.