Dr Kayleigh Wyles

Lecturer in Environmental Psychology
BSc (Plymouth), MSc (Surrey), PhD (Plymouth)
Semester 2: Tuesdays 12-1 and 4-5


Areas of specialism

Environmental Psychology; Restorative Environments; Connectedness to Nature; Childhood Upbringing; Behaviour Change; Marine Environment; Litter (marine plastics)

University roles and responsibilities

  • Year 1 Tutor (BSc Psychology Programme)
  • Personal Tutor
  • Visiting Tutor
  • Athena Swan Committee

Affiliations and memberships

United Nations' GESAMP (Joint Group of Experts on the Scientific Aspects of Marine Environmental Protection) Working Group 40 (microplastics in the marine environment)
The European Centre for Environment and Human Health, University of Exeter
Honorary Research Fellow
School of Psychology, Plymouth University
Visiting Fellow
The Higher Education Academy
Associate Fellow
Media Contacts

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Phone: +44 (0)1483 684380 / 688914 / 684378
Out-of-hours: +44 (0)7773 479911
Senate House, University of Surrey
Guildford, Surrey GU2 7XH


Research interests

Research projects

My teaching


Postgraduate research supervision

My publications


Wyles, K. J., Pahl, S., Holland, M., & Thompson, R. C. (2016). Can Beach Cleans Do More Than Clean-Up Litter? Comparing Beach Cleans to Other Coastal Activities. Environment & Behavior. Online. Doi: 10.1177/0013916516649412

Walker-Springett, K., Jefferson, R., Böck, K., Breckwoldt, A., Comby, E., Cottet, M., Hübner, G., Le Lay, Y., Shaw, S., & Wyles, K. J. (2016). Ways forward for aquatic conservation: applications of environmental psychology to support management objectives. Journal of Environmental Management, 166, 525-536.

Wyles, K. J., Pahl, S., Thomas, K., & Thompson, R. C. (2015). Factors that can undermine the psychological benefits of coastal environments: Exploring the effect of tidal state, presence, and type of litter. Environment & Behavior. Online, Doi: 10.1177/0013916515592177

Wyles, K. J., Hidalgo-Ruz, V., Pahl, S., & Anderson, A. (2015). Social aspects of microplastics in the marine environment. In Kershaw, P.J (Ed.) GESAMP reports & studies series: Sources, fate and effects of microplastics in the marine environment - a global assessment. GESAMP (IMO/FAO/UNESCO-IOC/UNIDO/WMO/IAEA/UN/UNEP/UNDP Joint Group of Experts on Scientific Aspects of Marine Protection)

Wyles, K. J., Pahl, S., & Thompson, R. C. (2014). Perceived risks and benefits of recreational visits to the marine environment: Integrating impacts on the environment and impacts on the visitor. Ocean and Coastal Management, 88, 53-63.

Wyles, K., Pahl, S., White, M., Morris, S., Cracknell, D., & Thompson, R. C. (2013). Towards a Marine Mindset: Visiting an aquarium can improve attitudes and intentions regarding marine sustainability. Visitor Studies, 16 (1), 95-110