Environmental Psychology Research Group

Who we are

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.

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.

Representative Publications

Climate Change

Phillips, K., Hine, D.W., & Phillips, W.J. (2019). How projected energy price and personal values influence support for a 50% renewable energy target in Australia. Energy Policy, 129853-860. DOI: 10.106/j.enpol.2019.02.064.

Hine, D.W., Phillips, W.J., Driver, A.B. & Morrison, M. (2018).   Audience segmentation and climate change communication. Oxford Encyclopedia of Climate Change Communication. DOI: 10.1093/acrefore/9780190228620.001.0001.

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.

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.

Invasive Species and Natural Resource Management

Hine, D.W., Sharp, T. & Driver, A.B. (2019).   Using audience segmentation and targeted social marketing to improve landholder management of invasive animals.  In P. Martin, T. Alter, D.W. Hine, T. Howard (Eds.), Community-based control of invasive species.  CSIRO. ISBN: 9781486308873

Hine, D.W., McLeod, L.J. & Driver, A. (2018).  Designing behaviour change interventions for invasive animal control:  A practical guide.  Canberra: Centre for Invasive Species Solutions. ISBN: 978-1-925727-06-07.

Coal Seam Gas

Hine, D.W., Clarke, K., Marks, A.D.G., & Morgan, M.I. (2018).  Feelings about fracking:  Using the affect heuristic to understand public opposition to coal seam gas production.  Risk Analysis, 39, 586-598.  DOI: 10.1111/risa.13168

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

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

Academic Staff

A/Prof Robyn BartelHuman environmental interactions, sustainability, environmental law, place attachment and behaviour change
A/Prof Navjot BhullarHuman-environment interactions, environmental sustainability, air quality, domestic water use management, and behavioural science-informed programs
A/Prof Amy LykinsClimate change and mental health, natural hazards and mental health; human-animal interactions, farming practices, and impact on the environment
A/Prof Einar Thorsteinsson

Behaviour change associated with health and pro-environmental behaviour

Dr Natasha LoiMotivation drivers of change, nature and well-being
Dr Wendy PhillipsClimate change communication, dual process models of cognition


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