Dr Emma White

PhD Candidate

Qualifications: BSc Psychology Hons (Edinburgh), MSc Environmental Psychology (Surrey)

Phone: Work: 01483 68 6899
Room no: 22 AD 04

Further information


Emma White is currently studying part-time for a PhD in environmental psychology at the University of Surrey, in collaboration with the Royal Horticultural Society. Her PhD is examining which elements of garden design are most preferred and restorative.

Emma graduated with a Master’s in environmental psychology at the University of Surrey in 2008, receiving a distinction for her thesis examining the perceptions of green roofs and façades. Prior to this, in 2007, she obtained a Bachelor’s degree with honours in psychology with biological sciences from the University of Edinburgh. With a family background of horticulture, and being a keen gardener with an allotment herself, she has a particular interest in the importance of greenery and elements of nature within the urban environment. Her PhD ties in closely with her work outside of the university, since she is currently studying for a diploma in garden design at the KLC School of Design.

Emma was employed as a researcher at the University of Surrey for 2 years before starting her PhD and worked on several research projects during this time, including: the Hoody, Goody, Buddy Project, a life histories project for RESOLVE, the Barenergy EU Project, an Outdoors and Health Network Project, and the 21st Century Living Project. Much of this work examined energy consumption and sustainable behaviours, with some work also looking at the experiences of being outdoors in the natural environment.


White, E. and Gatersleben, B. (2011). Greenery on Residential Buildings: Does it affect preferences and perceptions of beauty? Journal of Environmental Psychology, 31(1), 89-98.

Uzzell, D., Gatersleben, B. & White, E. (2010). Using the Life Histories Approach to understand the development of outdoor preferences and practices. Report for the Outdoors and Health Network, ESRC grant no. RES-355-25-0040.

Gatersleben, B. White, E. Abrahamse, W. Jackson, T. & Uzzell, D. (2010) Values and sustainable lifestyles. In: Roaf, S. (Ed) (2010). Transforming Markets in the Built Environment: Adapting for Climate Change, Earthscan Publications Ltd. April.

Gatersleben, B. White, E. Abrahamse, W. Jackson, T. and Uzzell, D. (2010). Values and sustainable lifestyles, Architectural Science Review, 53, 1–14.

White, E., D. Uzzell, N. Räthzel and B. Gatersleben (2010). Using Life Histories in Psychology: A Methodological Guide, RESOLVE Working Paper Series, 01-10, University of Surrey, February 2010.

Gatersleben, B. and White, E. (2010). EU report: Barenergy WP5. Trust in government across 7 European countries: examining the relationship with values and behavioural antecedents.

Gatersleben, B., White, E., Abrahamse, W., Jackson, T., and Uzzell, D. (2009). Materialism and Environmental Concern. Examining Values and Lifestyle Choices among Participants of the 21st Century Living Project. RESOLVE Working Paper Series, 01-09, University of Surrey, June 2009.


Member of Health and Wellbeing Research Group


White, E. (2010). Life histories. Invited lecture at Bournemouth University, Bournemouth, 26th March, 2010.


White, E., Uzzell, D. & Gatersleben, B. (2010). Using life histories in outdoors research. Paper presented at Outdoors and Health Network Final Workshop, University of Brighton, Brighton, 24th March, 2010.


White, E. and Uzzell, D. (2009). Using the life history approach to examine food practices. Paper presented at the RESOLVE Conference, London, 18 June 2009.


White, E. and Uzzell, D. (2009). Using the life history approach to examine food practices and meanings. Paper presented at the 8th Biennial Conference on Environmental Psychology, Universität Zürich, Zurich, 8 September, 2009.


White, E. and Gatersleben, B. (2008). Examining the preference for greenery on residential buildings. Paper presented at the 20th International Association for People-Environment Studies Conference, Universitá LUMSA, Rome, 29 July, 2008.


White, E. and Poveda, B. (2007). Dog behavioural problems and owner personality. Scottish Conference on Animal Behaviour. 17 March, 2007, University of St Andrews, St Andrews, Scotland.

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