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Using psychology to change environmental behaviours

   Department of Psychology

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  Dr Chantelle Wood  Applications accepted all year round  Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

The world is in a climate crisis, so research is needed to develop effective interventions to encourage behaviours that help rather than harm the environment. One possible approach to developing effective interventions to promote pro-environmental behaviours is to first try to understand why people do (or do not) engage in these behaviours, and then develop interventions that specifically target the relevant barriers or facilitators of behaviour. This PhD project will use Michie et al.’s COM-B model to understand people’s capability, opportunity and motivation to engage in a specific pro-environmental behaviour, and develop and evaluate interventions to encourage that behaviour. The project would target environment-related behaviours that interest the PhD candidate (e.g., use of reusable period products, reduction of single-use plastics, reduced consumption of high-carbon footprint foods (e.g. meat, dairy) etc.)

Funding Notes

Self funded or externally sponsored students only. Intakes are usually October and March annually.

NB The University has some scholarships under competition each year. More details can be found - View Website


References: Michie, S., Van Stralen, M. M., & West, R. (2011). The behaviour change wheel: a new method for characterising and designing behaviour change interventions. Implementation science, 6(1), 42.