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Dr Erin Roberts

Research Associate

School of Psychology

Tower Building, 70 Park Place, Cardiff, CF10 3AT


Research summary

I am a Research Associate at Cardiff University,  working within the Understanding Risk Research Group. I currently split my time  between two research projects that are broadly concerned with exploring the  opportunities and barriers to achieving transitions in UK energy and materials  use through public workshops. Prior to this I completed my PhD in the School of  Social Sciences at Cardiff University in conjunction with the Understanding  Risk Research Group, entitled: 'Reducing energy consumption in everyday  life: a study of landscapes of energy consumption in rural households and  communities in North Wales’.


Undergraduate education

BA  Human Geography, Aberystwyth University

Postgraduate education

MSc Sustainability, Planning and  Environmental Policy, Cardiff University

PhD Social Sciences,  Cardiff University


December 2016 – present: Research  Associate, School of Psychology, Cardiff University

February  – May 2015: Research Associate, School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University (short  term post)

Honours and awards

Awards/external committees

Postgraduate  Representative for Energy Geographies Research Group (Oct 2014- Sept 2016)






Research topics and related papers

My  research interests relate to the transformative power of the relationship  between energy and society. Specifically, I am interested in how identity,  place and practice combined to create unique cultural landscapes with their own  set of opportunities and barriers to change. These interests result from my  interdisciplinary background, which has provided me with an in-depth  understanding of the social, cultural, environmental and political issues  arising from the need to transition to a more sustainable society.


My  PhD was funded by the ESRC

Research group

Understanding Risk
Sustainable Places Research  Institute
Families, Identities and  Gender Research Group
Royal Geographical Society  – with the Institute of British Geographers

  • Energy  Geographies Research Group
  • Rural  Geographies Research Group


Past projects