Professor Wouter Poortinga MSc, PhD


+44 (0)29 2087 4755
T.10, Bute Building
Research group:
Architectural Science Group

Research interests

Wouter is a Professor of Environmental Psychology at the Welsh School of Architecture and the School of Psychology at Cardiff University. His 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.

He has 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. He currently leading a project on public attitudes to nuclear power and climate change in Britain two years after the Fukushima accident.

He work’s 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.

He’s 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.

Research supervisor

Main expertise

Environmental Psychology; Housing & Health; Environmental Epidemiology; Sustainable Behaviours & Lifestyles; Environmental Risk Perception.

Supervision experience

3 PhDs to completion; currently supervising 2 PhDs.

Additional supervision interests

Happy to consider supervision on topics relating to social sustainability, social aspects of design, and social-spatial processes using (quantitative) social science methods.

Teaching profile

  • Environmental Psychology (Module Co-ordinator and Lecturer). Third Year Module, School of Psychology
  • Level 5 Social Psychology Practical. Second Year Module, School of Psychology
  • Architecture Earth & Society.  Masters Level Module, Welsh School of Architecture
  • Introduction to Research Methods. MArch Module, Welsh School of Architecture.
  • Primitives. Masters Module, Welsh School of Architecture.
  • Issues in Contemporary Architecture, Social Aspects of Design. Third Year Lecture, Welsh School of Architecture.