Principal Lecturer in Psychology, University of Brighton

In recent years my research has shifted towards a more explicit emphasis on human-nature connections, human-animal relations, ecological crisis and climate change, especially the social and psychological dimensions, and in relation to mental health. My books Anthropocene Psychology: Being Human in a More-Than-Human World (2020) and Ecological Crisis, Sustainability & the Psychosocial Subject: Beyond Behaviour Change (2016) are good examples of my approach to these topics. I've also written lots of journal articles on these topics. I also work collaboratively with community groups and academic colleagues exploring these and related issues.

My earlier work focused on social issues, including class, consumption, mental health and identity, at the boundaries of social psychology and sociology. My book Self & Social Change (2007) reflects these interests.

I do not adhere to the idea that there are strict boundaries between psychology and related subjects such as philosophy, sociology, biology and ecology. I draw on work from these disciplines as well as classic and contemporary work in psychology.

I am a Chartered Psychologist (CPsychol); and a Chartered member of the British Psychological Society, and a member of the Climate Psychology Alliance, and the British Sociological Association. I have a PhD and a 1st Class Honours degree in BA (Hons) Communications Studies (Nottingham Trent University).

Experience

  • –present
    Principal Lecturer in Psychology, University of Brighton

Education

  • 2001 
    Nottingham Trent University, PhD Sociology / Social Psychology