My research interests lie within social, economic and environmental psychology focusing primarily on the fields of social cognition and risk. I'm very applied in my research, particularly using this to explore current perceptions of topical risk issues. In particular, I am involved in research on climate change and energy issues, examining related public perceptions, issues of acceptance, and behaviour.
I completed my undergraduate degree at Strathclyde University and my PhD at the University of Nottingham. Subsequently, I held postdoctoral positions at the University of Nottingham and Cardiff University before returning to Nottingham as a permanent member of staff in 2010. I retain strong links with the Understanding Risk Research group at Cardiff University.
C-tech (Creating the Energy for Change) project launch
The Creating the energy for Change (C-tech) project is a 5 year EPSRC project focusing on engaging and supporting people in workplace environments to cooperate in saving energy. We joined forces with TEDDINET in developing a symposium on non-domestic energy research to bring researchers and stakeholders together in this field in order to launch our findings and discuss relevant current and future issues in this space. This event took place at the Digital Catapult in London on Monday 26th June, see event details here. Our final project report can be accessed here. The symposium brought together more than 40 researchers, industry stakeholders, ngos, and policy-makers to share their experiences of energy and sustainability in non-domestic buildings, and to reflect on the contributions of the C-tech project.
The Carbon Journey at Genting Arena
I was very pleased to be a speaker at The Carbon Journey at Genting Arena on 31st October 2016. This is an annual event primarily for students at Aston and Birmingham City University, as well as relevant industry partners to discuss how climate change will impact society, business and the professions. The feedback from students was overwhelmingly positive and the event was Highly Commended for the Green Gowns award.
Horizon Energy Research
Check out our video overviews of our energy research at Horizon.