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 Encyclopaedia of Climate Change Communication. DOI: 10.1093/acrefore/9780190228620.001.0001.

Morrison, M., Hine, D.W. & D’Allessandro, S. (2018). Increasing the effectiveness of communication with farmers about climate change.  Oxford Encyclopaedia of Climate Change Communication.  DOI: 10.1093/acrefore/9780190228620.013.415

Marshall, G., Hine, D.W., and East, M. (2017).  Can community-based governance strengthen citizenship to support climate change adaptation?  Testing insights from Self-Determination Theory.  Environmental Science and Policy.

Scott-Parker, B., Nunn, P., Mulgrew, K., Hine, D.W., Marks, A.D.G., & Mahar, D. (2017).  Pacific Islanders’ understanding of climate change:  Where do they source information and to what extent do they trust it?  Regional Environmental Change. DOI:10.1007/s10113-016-1001-8

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.

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.

Please, P., Hine, D.W., Skoien, P., Phillips, K. & Jamieson, I. (2018).  Prioritising community behaviours to improve wild dog management in peri-urban areas. Human Dimensions of Wildlife. DOI: 10.1080/10871209.2017.1385877.

McLeod, L.J., Driver, A.B., Hine, D.W. & Bengsen, A.J. (2017).  Refining online communication strategies for cat management.  Anthrozoos. 30, 635-649. DOI: 10.1080/08927936.2017.1370237

McLeod, L., Hine, D.W., & Bengsen, A. (2017).   Assessing the impact of different persuasive messages on cat owner intentions and behaviors. Preventive Veterinary Medicine, 146, 136-142.

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

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

Prof Don HineClimate change communication, air quality, invasive species management, and behaviour change theory and practice
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

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