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Dr Darrick Evensen

Dr Darrick Evensen


School of Psychology

+44 (0)29 2087 6262
Tower Building, 70 Park Place, Cardiff, CF10 3AT


Research summary

I bring  an interdisciplinary focus to my research and teaching, relying on theories and methods from sociology, philosophy, communication, ethics, and psychology.  I engage issues with substantial real-world policy implications.  My current research interests include:

  • Public perceptions and social representations of energy development (including unconventional fossil fuels and       renewables)
  • Perceptions of how to best transition to a less carbon-intensive energy system (including acceptability of associated       costs)
  • The role of ethical considerations and social identity in motivating attitudes towards energy development and energy       transitions
  • Approaches to integrating social scientific and humanistic understanding and ways of knowing

These research foci are manifested in my current work  at Cardiff University on a project examining public preferences for the future of energy production and use in Wales (funded by the European Commission [EU] and the Welsh Government).  I include explicit policy connections in all my research and am in close collaboration with the Welsh Government, community groups, and Welsh businesses in the design, implementation, and sharing of my research.

Teaching summary

I am not currently teaching at Cardiff University; in previous posts as an assistant professor at Oberlin College and an instructor at Cornell University (both in the United States), I taught courses in environmental risk, environmental communication, environmental ethics and philosophy, research methods for social science (qualitative and quantitative), and an introduction to environmental studies course.


Undergraduate education

Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, A.B. cum laude, Public Policy and International Affairs, 2006

Postgraduate education

Cornell  University, Ithaca, NY, Ph.D., Natural Resources, August 2014

  • Dissertation: 'Fractured discourse: Social representations of shale gas development via hydraulic fracturing’

Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, M.S., Natural Resources, 2011


Cardiff  University, Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom

  • Research Fellow, October 2016 - present; School of Psychology, Understanding Risk Research Group
  • Research Associate, July 2015 – September 2016; School of Psychology, Understanding Risk Research Group

Oberlin  College, Oberlin, Ohio, USA

  • Visiting Assistant Professor, July 2014 – June 2015; Environmental Studies Department

Honours and awards


National and  International
2015             AAAS Science and Technology Policy  Fellowship (declined)
2012             EPA STAR Fellowship ($126,000)
2010             ISSRM Best Student Paper Award
2008             Doris  Duke Conservation Leadership Fellowship ($25,000)

Cornell University
2013              James Slevin Teaching Prize, Knight Writing Institute ($500)
2013             Gertrude Spencer Teaching Award,  Knight Writing Institute ($350)
2013             Harold Saperstein Sermon Contest,  winning sermon ($1,800)
2012             Buttrick-Crippen Fellowship, Knight  Writing Institute ($22,000)
2012             Cornelia Ye Outstanding Teaching  Assistant Award, Center for Teaching Excellence ($500)
2011             Graduate Teaching Assistant  Fellowship, Center for Teaching Excellence ($1,000)
2011             Graduate Research Summer Fellowship  ($4,800)
2010             Distinguished Leadership Award,  Dean of Students
2009             Distinguished Student Volunteer  Award, Dean of Students
2007             Cornell University Graduate  Fellowship ($42,000)


External Grants (principle investigator or co-investigator):

  • 2018-2021     £641,000; NERC-ESRC; Co-Investigator, responsible for £172,000 (Spatial and temporal understanding of public attitudes and community responses towards shale gas)

Individual Fellowships:

  • 2016-2019  Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (European Commission) Fellowship (£203,200)
  • 2012-2014  EPA STAR Graduate Student Fellowship ($126,000)
  • 2008-2009  Doris Duke Conservation Leadership Fellowship ($25,000)









Postgraduate research interests

If you are interested in applying for a PhD, or for further information  regarding my postgraduate research, please contact me directly (contact details available on the 'Overview' page), or submit a formal application.

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Previous students


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