Lorraine Whitmarsh

Cardiff University


Lorraine's work is in the psychological and social dimensions of environmental, risk and sustainability issues. Lorraine's research employs both quantitative and qualitative methods of data collection and analysis, focusing on three main areas: (a) public engagement with climate change, carbon literacy, carbon offsetting, and low-carbon lifestyles; (b) public/stakeholder participation in sustainability science and policy; and (c) innovation, perceived risk and behaviour change with respect to sustainable transport and consumption. Lorraine is also an associate of  the Sustainable Places Research Institute at Cardiff University and a member of the Climate Change Commission for Wales advising Welsh Government on transport and behaviour change in relation to climate change.

Selected Publications
Whitmarsh, L. and Corner, A. 2017. Tools for a new climate conversation: A mixed-methods study of language for public engagement across the political spectrumGlobal Environmental Change 42, pp. 122-135. pdf

Sweetman, J. and Whitmarsh, L. E. 2016. Climate justice: high-status ingroup social models increase pro-environmental action through making actions seem more moralTopics in Cognitive Science 8(1), pp. 196-221. (10.1111/tops.12178)
Howell, R., Capstick, S. B. and Whitmarsh, L. E. 2016. Impacts of adaptation and responsibility framings on attitudes towards climate change mitigationClimatic Change 136(3), pp. 445-461. (10.1007/s10584-016-1627-z) pdf

Clayton, S.et al. 2016. Expanding the role for psychology in addressing environmental challengesAmerican Psychologist 71(3), pp. 199-215. (10.1037/a0039482)

Xenias, D. and Whitmarsh, L. 2016. Learning from experts on public engagement with Carbon Capture and Storage. Presented at: European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2016, Vienna, Austria, 17-22 April 2016.Geophysical Research Abstracts, Vol. 18. EGU, pdf
Luè, A.et al. 2016. Future priorities for a climate-friendly transport: a European strategic research agenda towards 2030International Journal of Sustainable Transportation 10(3), pp. 236-246. (10.1080/15568318.2014.893043)
Thomas, M.et al. 2016. Expert judgements of sea-level rise at the local scaleJournal of Risk Research 19(5), pp. 664-685. (10.1080/13669877.2015.1043568) pdf

Whitmarsh, L.et al. 2015. UK public perceptions of shale gas hydraulic fracturing: the role of audience, message and contextual factors on risk perceptions and policy supportApplied Energy 160, pp. 419-430. (10.1016/j.apenergy.2015.09.004)

Whitmarsh, L. and Xenias, D. 2015. Understanding people and cars. In: Nieuwenhuis, P. A. H. F. and Wells, P. E. eds. The Global Automotive Industry. Automotive Series  Wiley, pp. 29-40.
Xenias, D.et al. 2015. UK smart grid development: an expert assessment of the benefits, pitfalls and functionsRenewable Energy 81, pp. 89-102. (10.1016/j.renene.2015.03.016) pdf
Thomas, M.et al. 2015. Mental models of sea-level change: A mixed methods analysis on the Severn Estuary, UKGlobal Environmental Change 33, pp. 71-82. pdf

Clayton, S.et al. 2015. Psychological research and global climate changeNature Climate Change 5, pp. 640-646. (10.1038/nclimate2622)
Capstick, S.et al. 2015. Prospects for radical emissions reduction through behavior and lifestyle changeCarbon Management 5(4), pp. 429-445. (10.1080/17583004.2015.1020011) pdf
Capstick, S.et al. 2015. International trends in public perceptions of climate change over the past quarter centuryWiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change 6(1), pp. 35-61. (10.1002/wcc.321) pdf

Xenias, D.et al. 2015. Eco-Driving, habits and vehicle change: influencing driving behaviour in the real world. Presented at: The 11th Biennial Conference in Environmental Psychology, Groningen, The Netherlands, 24-26 August 2015.

Further publications:

Role at Council
Partner Representative.


Contact information

Phone: +44 (0)29 2087 6972.

Fax: +44 (0)29 2087 4858.

Postal Address

School of Psychology,
Cardiff University,
CF10 3AT
United Kingdom.

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