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.
Whitmarsh, L. and Corner, A. 2017. Tools for a new climate conversation: A mixed-methods study of language for public engagement across the political spectrum. Global Environmental Change 42, pp. 122-135.
Sweetman, J. and Whitmarsh, L. E. 2016. Climate justice: high-status ingroup social models increase pro-environmental action through making actions seem more moral. Topics 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 mitigation. Climatic Change 136(3), pp. 445-461. (10.1007/s10584-016-1627-z)
Clayton, S.et al. 2016. Expanding the role for psychology in addressing environmental challenges. American 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,
Luè, A.et al. 2016. Future priorities for a climate-friendly transport: a European strategic research agenda towards 2030. International 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 scale. Journal of Risk Research 19(5), pp. 664-685. (10.1080/13669877.2015.1043568)
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 support. Applied 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 functions. Renewable Energy 81, pp. 89-102. (10.1016/j.renene.2015.03.016)
Thomas, M.et al. 2015. Mental models of sea-level change: A mixed methods analysis on the Severn Estuary, UK. Global Environmental Change 33, pp. 71-82.
Clayton, S.et al. 2015. Psychological research and global climate change. Nature Climate Change 5, pp. 640-646. (10.1038/nclimate2622)
Capstick, S.et al. 2015. Prospects for radical emissions reduction through behavior and lifestyle change. Carbon Management 5(4), pp. 429-445. (10.1080/17583004.2015.1020011)
Capstick, S.et al. 2015. International trends in public perceptions of climate change over the past quarter century. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change 6(1), pp. 35-61. (10.1002/wcc.321)
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.
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