Environmental Psychology Research Group

Who we are

copyright: PhotoRoman/Shutterstock

UNE’s environmental psychology group comprises academic staff and students who are interested in how psychological principles can be applied to understand and help solve problems related to environmental sustainability.

We are actively researching in these areas and are recruiting enthusiastic Honours, Masters, and PhD students to undertake research in all areas of environmental psychology.

Students working with us learn about theories of human motivation and behaviour change, and receive hands-on training in research design, statistics, and report writing.

Academic Staff

don hineProfessor Don Hine – climate change communication, air quality, invasive species management, and behaviour change theory and practice

r bartelAssociate Professor Robyn Bartel – human environmental interactions, sustainability, environmental law, place attachment and behaviour change

Navjot BhullarDr Navjot Bhullar – human-environment interactions, environmental sustainability, air quality, domestic water use management, and behavioural science-informed programs

natasha loiDr Natasha Loi –  motivation drivers of change, nature and well-being

amy lykinsDr Amy Lykins – climate change and mental health, natural hazards and mental health; human-animal interactions, farming practices, and impact on the environment

Dr Tony Marks Associate Professor Tony Marks – climate change communication, dual process models of cognition

wendy phillipsDr Wendy Phillips – climate change communication, dual process models of cognition

einar thorsteinssonAssociate Professor Einar Thorsteinsson –  Behaviour change associated with health and pro-environmental behaviour


Carol Davies - sustainability initiatives in organisations

Aaron Driver – climate change communication, voluntary simplicity

Sky Kidd – invasive species management (weeds), behaviour change theory, Community Based Social Marketing

Shalini Lata – climate change in the South Pacific, risk perception, sustainability

Methuen Morgan - public opposition to coal seam gas

Lynette McLeod – invasive animals management, behaviour change

Keri Phillips – climate change communication, behaviour change, energy choices

Sherry Xue – cultural and environmental worldviews, risk perception and climate change communication

What we do

Our research projects cover a broad range of environmental issues including climate change communication, air pollution, coal seam gas, and management of invasive animals.


Climate Change

Jones, C., Hine, D.W.,  & Marks, A.D.G. (2016).  The future is now:  Reducing psychological distance to increase public engagement with climate change.  Risk Analysis.  DOI: 10.1111/risa.12601.

Xue, W., Hine, D.W., Marks, A.D.G., & Phillips, W.J. (2016).  Combining threat and efficacy messaging to increase public engagement with climate change in China: An experimental intervention.  Climatic Change. DOI 10.1007/s10584-016-1678-1.

Hine, D.W., Phillips, W.J., Cooksey, R., Reser, J.P., Nunn, P., Marks, A.D.G., Loi, N.M., & Watt, S.E. (2016).  Preaching to different choirs:  How to engage audiences that are dismissive, uncommitted or alarmed about climate change.  Global Environmental Change, 36, 1-11.

Xue, W., Hine, D.W., Marks, A.D.G., & Phillips, W.J. (in press). Cultural worldviews and climate change:  A view from China.  Asian Journal of Social Psychology.

Morgan, M., Hine, D.W., Bhullar, N., & Loi, N. (2015).  Adoption of low emission agricultural practices among Australian farmers:  A profiling approach.  Journal of Environmental Psychology, 41, 35-44.

Hine, D.W., Reser, J., Morrison, M., Phillips, W.J., Nunn, P., & Cooksey, R. (2014).  Audience segmentation and climate change communication:  Conceptual and methodological considerations.  Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews – Climate Change, 5, 441-459.

Hine D.W., Phillips W.J., Reser J.P., Cooksey R.W., Marks A.D.G., Nunn P.D., Watt S.E. & Ellul M.C. (2013). Enhancing climate change communication: Strategies for profiling and targeting Australian interpretive communities. National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility, Gold Coast, 86 pp.  ISBN: 978-1-925039-20-7.

Hine, D.W., Reser, J. Phillips, W. Cooksey, R. Nunn, R., Marks, A.D.G., Watt, Bradley, G., & Glendon, I. (2013).  Identifying climate change interpretive communities in a large Australian sample.  Journal of Environmental Psychology, 36, 229-239.

Air Quality

Bhullar, N., Hine, D.W., Marks, A., Davies, C., Scott, J.G., & Phillips, W. (2014). The affect heuristic and public support for three types of wood smoke mitigation policies. Air Quality, Atmosphere & Health, 7, 347-356.

Reeve, I., Scott, J.G, Hine, D.W., & Bhullar, N. (2013). "This is not a burning issue for me": How citizens justify their use of wood heaters in a city with severe air pollution problem. Energy Policy, 57, 204-211.

Hine, D.W., Bhullar, N., Marks, A.D.G., Kelly, P., & Scott, J.G. (2011). Comparing the effectiveness of education and technology in reducing wood smoke pollution: A field experiment. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 31, 282-288.

Hine, D.W., Marks, A.D.G., Nachriener, M., Gifford, R., Heath, Y.  (2007). Keeping the home fires burning: The affect heuristic and wood smoke pollution. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 27, 26-32.

Risk Perception

Xue, W., Hine, D.W., Loi, N., Thorsteinsson, E.B. & Phillips, W.J. (2014).  Cultural worldviews and environmental risk perceptions:  A meta-analysis.  Journal of Environmental Psychology, 40, 249-258.

Gifford, R., Scannell, L., Kormos, C., Smolova, L., Beil, A., Boncu, S. Corral V., Gunther, H. Hanyu, K., Hine, D.W. et al. (2009) Pessimism and optimism in environmental assessments of laypersons in 18 countries. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 29, 1-12.

Hine, D.W., Summers, C, Prystupa, M., & McKenzie-Richer, A. (1997).  Public opposition to a proposed nuclear waste repository in Canada:  An investigation of cultural and economic effects.  Risk Analysis, 17, 293-302.

Invasive Species and Natural Resource Management

McLeod, L.J., Hine, D.W., & Bengsen, A.J. (2015).  Born to roam?  Drivers and barriers related to domestic cat containment.  Preventive Veterinary Medicine, 122, 339-334.

Hine, D.W., Please, P., McLeod, L. & Driver, A.  (2015).  Behaviourally effective communications for invasive animals management:  A practical guide.  Canberra: Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre. ISBN: 978-1-921777-92-9

Hine, D.W., Crofts, R., & Becker, J. (2015).  Behaviourally informed policies for land stewardship:  A new paradigm.  International Journal of Rural Law and Policy.

McLeod, L.J., Hine, D.W., Please, P.M., & Driver, A. B. (2015).  Applying behavioural theories to invasive species management:  Towards an integrated framework. Journal of Environmental Management, 161, 63-71.

Hine, D.W., Gifford, R., Heath, Y., Cooksey, R., & Quain, P.  (2009). Cue-utilization and harvest behavior in a computerized resource management simulation. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 39, 564-588.

Coal Seam Gas

Morgan, M. I., Hine, D.W., Bhullar, N., Dunstan, D.A. & Bartik W. (2016).  Fracked:  Coal seam gas extraction and farmer’s mental health.  Journal of Environmental Psychology,47, 22-32. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvp.2016.04.012 SJR-Q1

Statistics and Methodology

Hine, D.W., Corral-Verdugo, V., Bhullar, N., & Frias-Armenta, M. (2015).  Advanced statistics for environmental research:  Multi-level and structural equation modelling.  In R. Gifford (Ed),  Research Methods for Environmental Psychology. Hoboken, NJ:  John Wiley.  ISBN: 978-1-118-79533-0

Hine, D.W., Kormos, C., & Marks, A.D.G.  (2015).  Agreeing to disagree:  A practical guide to survey research in environmental psychology. In R. Gifford (Ed), Research Methods for Environmental Psychology. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley.   ISBN: 978-1-118-79533-0


If you are interested in joining UNE’s Environmental Psychology Research Group as a student or partner, please contact:

Dr Amy Lykins
P: +61 2 6773 5014
E: alykins@une.edu.au

Prof Don Hine
P: +61 2 6773 2731
E: dhine@une.edu.au