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|Whitmarsh - BPS Seminar Series|
Wednesday 22nd September 2010
School of Psychology, Cardiff University
Climate change is perceived by individuals to be temporally, spatially, socially, and hypothetically distant. In other words, it is an issue which is seen to affect future generations, other people and remote places (e.g., developing countries), and is uncertain. This psychological distance contributes to a lack of emotional or behavioural engagement with the issue. A major challenge, then, is to make the issue more salient in decision-making. Here, much can be learnt from work on temporal construal, heuristics/biases (availability, optimism, etc.) in risk perception and communication, experiential learning, and from work on future-oriented behaviour in related fields (e.g., economic psychology).
The first workshop of the BPS seminar series Psychology of Sustainability explored these and other aspects of Psychological Distance in the context of climate change and other sustainability issues. The workshop was organised around three themes: (a) Spatial, Temporal & Social Distance; (b) Learning from Other Contexts; and (c) Hypothetical Distance & Uncertainty. In addition, the afternoon session included discussion around development of future, collaborative research.
10.15am Registration & Coffee.
Room 12.11 (12th floor), School of Psychology (Park Place, Cardiff University: see no. 30 on map)
10.45am Welcome and Introduction.
Dr. Lorraine Whitmarsh (School of Psychology, Cardiff University)
11.00am. Spatial, Temporal and Social Distance.
Dr. Alexa Spence (Horizon Institute, Nottingham University)
Dr. Sabine Pahl (School of Psychology, University of Plymouth)
12.30pm Buffet Lunch
13.15pm Learning from Other Contexts
Professor Paul Webley (School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London)
14.15pm Hypothetical Distance and Uncertainty
Stuart Capstick (School of Psychology, Cardiff University)
Dr. Adam Corner (School of Psychology, Cardiff University)
15.30pm Workshop discussion: Future Research
16.30pm Plenary discussion
Professor Nick Pidgeon (School of Psychology, Cardiff University)
Seminar 3. Identity & Communication. Department of Psychology, University of Exeter – TBA (2011)
Further details of seminar 3 will be posted in due course.
One Day Research Student Conference: Human Behaviour and Climate Change
9:30-5:30pm Tuesday 21st September 2010, School of Psychology, Cardiff University
Conference Organisers: Professor Nick Pidgeon and Dr Lorraine Whitmarsh, Understanding Risk Group, School of Psychology, Cardiff University
Pathways to action on climate change: how “climate-friendly” practices evolve in individual lives, Sarah Hards, University of York
Scepticism within public perspectives on climate change: conceptual and methodological issues, Stuart Capstick, Cardiff University
A two country study of support for mitigation and adaptation policies and personal intentions to act, Adrian Bruegger, Exeter University
PARALLEL SESSION A – Perceptions and Behaviour
Explaining the effect of visualisations: applying elaborated intrusion theory to environmental psychology, Christine Boomsma, Sabine Pahl and Jackie Andrade, University of Plymouth
Explaining what factors contribute to residential energy consumption in the UK using a structural equation model, Scott Kelly, University of Cambridge
Attractiveness to retail centres – a behaviour-led model for energy use around district and metropolitan centres, Steve Lorimer University College London
Home insulation: going over the top?, Ray Galvin, University of East Anglia
Small-group interaction as a mechanism for environmental norm formation, Christopher C. Duke and Thomas A. Morton University of Exeter
PARALLEL SESSION B – Values and Ethics
Scepticism in climate change and policy-making: identifying appropriate sources of advice for policy-making, Tiago Ribeiro Duarte, Cardiff University
Climate change, instrumentalism and ethics: reading climate change through Zygmunt Bauman’s theses on modernity, Leon Sealey-Huggins, University of Leeds
Wanted! Post-postmodern attitudes, Keith Beasley, Bangor University
What role could fairness play in combating climate change?, Christopher Kukla, Angela Druckman, Tim Jackson, University of Surrey
Climate attitudes and behaviours – the importance of rising climate scepticism?, Lorraine Whitmarsh, School of Psychology Cardiff University and Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research
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