Welsh School of Architecture staff

Professor Wouter Poortinga

Dr Wouter Poortinga
Research Group Architectural Science Group
Address Bute Building,
King Edward VII Avenue
CF10 3NB
Email PoortingaW@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone 029 2087 4755
Fax 029 2087 4623

Publications Research projects

Research Interests

I am Professor of Environmental Psychology at the Welsh School of Architecture and the School of Psychology at Cardiff University. My research interests are in a wide variety of topics regarding human-environment interactions, including (1) environmental risk perception, (2) sustainable behaviours and lifestyles, and (3) housing, neighbourhoods and health.

I have organised a number of comprehensive surveys of public opinion towards future energy options and climate change, and contributed to a research synthesis of the literature on public attitudes to environmental change. I am currently leading a project on public attitudes to nuclear power and climate change in Britain two years after the Fukushima accident.

My work on sustainable behaviours and lifestyles examined the role of environmental values and attitudes in household energy use, evaluated the effectiveness and further attitudinal and behavioural impacts of the Welsh carrier bag charge, and involved the development of a Welsh environmental attitudes and behaviours segmentation model.

I am currently managing a research portfolio of £1.2M on the topic of housing, neighbourhoods and health. This includes projects on the health impacts of the Carmarthenshire Homes Standard (CHS) programme - based on the Welsh Housing Quality Standard (WHQS), the health impacts and economic value of meeting housing quality standards (in which we further develop the Residential Environment Assessment Tool; REAT), and the evaluation of structural energy-performance investments in low-income neighbourhood through the Arbed programme.

Further research interests are in social capital and cohesion and its role in community resilience and wellbeing, perceptions of indoor air quality, and the clustering of lifestyle risk factors.