Social and environmental

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We undertake research across the discipline that focuses on the interplay between individuals and their surroundings.

Social and Environmental research is conducted in two collaborative groups: Social Psychology, and Risk and Environment. Both groups conduct basic and applied research that addresses contemporary theoretical and societal issues including: attitudes and values, emotion, and behaviour change.

Social psychology

The three main research areas within the social psychology group are affect and emotions, attitudes and values, and social identity. We also undertake some research on social cognitive neuroscience, examining the neural underpinnings of social perception and emotions (in collaboration with colleagues in Cognitive Neuroscience and the Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Centre (CUBRIC).

Risk and environment

Research on risk and the environment within the School is conducted primarily within the interdisciplinary Understanding Risk research group. The group’s research focuses on the relationship between individuals/communities and environmental/technological risks. We have expertise in:

  • the psychology of climate change
  • public attitudes towards and acceptability of energy supply systems
  • sustainable behaviour change and energy demand reduction
  • social conflicts and siting of large scale energy technologies
  • risk perception, communication and public engagement.