School of Psychology Studentship: Pro-environmental lifestyles and behaviour change (PhD Studentship)
Reference Number: R1159
Closing Date: 15/03/2014
Duration: 3 years
Funding Amount: UK/EU tuition fees plus stipend
Level of Study: Postgraduate Research
Regions: EU (Non UK), International (Non EU), UK
Project Title: Pro-environmental lifestyles and behaviour change
Applications are invited for a PhD studentship exploring pro-environmental lifestyles and behaviour change. Responding to climate change requires profound changes to individual behaviour, but policies to achieve these changes have so far met with limited success. A challenge for environmental psychologists is the need to move forward in understanding how to bring behaviour change that is commensurate to the scale of the climate change challenge. One promising area is ‘behavioural spillover’, the notion that taking up a new behaviour (e.g., recycling) may lead to adoption of additional, more environmentally beneficial, behaviours. Such a notion appears to hold the promise of changing a suite of behaviours in a cost-effective manner. Yet despite robust theoretical principles (e.g., self-perception theory) underpinning spillover effects, there is no recognised theory of behavioural spillover and relatively limited (correlational) empirical research. Another promising avenue of inquiry explores psychological barriers to pro-environmental lifestyle change, including identity threat at either individual or social levels (e.g., cultural cognition).
The proposed project will involve mixed-method (e.g., focus groups, surveys, lab experiments, field experiments) studies of pro-environmental (i.e., environmentally-friendly) behavioural spillover and/or identity threat in order to develop and test new ways of promoting sustainable lifestyle change and broadening our understanding of behaviour within individuals and cultures. Some or all of the following questions will be addressed: How do different individuals and groups understand pro-environmental lifestyles? To what extent is identity threat a barrier to pro-environmental lifestyle change? What are the drivers of behavioural consistency and (positive and negative) spillover effects across contexts, including home and work, roles, and cultures? What are effective interventions to promote spillover across different contexts and cultures? What theory or theories best explain and predict spillover effects? What messages or methods are effective in overcoming identity threat associated with pro-environmental lifestyle change?
Supervisors: Dr Lorraine Whitmarsh http://psych.cf.ac.uk/contactsandpeople/academics/whitmarsh.phpand
Dr Wouter Poortinga http://psych.cf.ac.uk/contactsandpeople/academics/poortinga.php
Start Date: 1 October 2014
This studentship is generously funded by the School of Psychology and Serious Brain Power http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/seriousbrainpower/. It will cover full UK/EU tuition fees (any eligible non-EU candidates must fund the remainder of the overseas fee) and a Doctoral Stipend matching UK Research Council National Minimum (£13,590 p.a. for 2012/13, updated each year).
Number of Awards: 1
Residency: Open to all students of any nationality without restrictions.
Academic Criteria: To be successful, you should possess or expect to obtain, a first-class or upper second honours degree (or equivalent) in psychology or a similar subject.
A postgraduate Masters degree (or equivalent) would strengthen your application, but is not a requirement.
Consideration is automatic on applying for Doctor of Philosophy (Psychology) (Oct 2014) – RFPDPSYA.
Please ensure you mention in the funding section of the application that you are applying for this particular studentship. You do not need to submit a research proposal as such but we do encourage you to explain why this studentship appeals to you and how it relates to your areas of study and expertise.
Application Deadline: 15 March 2014
For further information and enquiries, please contact:
Mrs Lesley-Anne Strabel
Telephone: +44 (0)29 2087 5381
Please also see the Understanding Risk (http://www.understanding-risk.org/ website for more information.
Die Ausschreibung ist auch im Internet unter http://courses.cardiff.ac.uk/funding/R1159.html abrufbar.