Dr Lucy O'Shea is a senior lecturer in Economics. Prior to joining the University of Bath, she has worked as a lecturer at the University of Birmingham and a research officer on an EU FP5 project at the University of Reading. She completed her masters in Economics and masters in Environmental Science in Trinity College Dublin and her PhD in Economics at the University of Southampton.
To date, she has acted as Principal Investigator on two projects funded by the British Academy and the Economic Social Research Council. These were entitled 'The trade-off between time and cost of achieving Water Framework Directive objectives' and 'Examining the variation in household recycling rates across the UK', respectively.
Her current research interests focus on the interface between psychology and economics applied specifically to pro-environmental behaviours. She uses insights from psychology within an economics framework to explain why individuals are more or less pre-disposed towards actions that are beneficial or less damaging for the environment. More generally, her research is broadly within the area of environmental economics focusing particularly on pollution and its regulation.