Dr Christopher Jones
Social and Environmental Psychologist
Director of Impact for Psychology
Department of Psychology
University of Sheffield
Sheffield S10 2TP
Tel: (+44) (0)114 22 26592
Fax: (+44) (0)114 22 26515
2002 : BSc (Hons) Psychology
2003 : MSc Psychological Science
2007 : PhD Social Psychology
2010 : PGDip. Teaching & Lecturing in Higher Education
My main research focuses on public attitudes & responses to environmental change; however, I also maintain interests in the fundamental principles of attitude formation and change. The interdisciplinary nature of my research has led to collaborations with chemical engineering, town planning, geography, landscape, computer science, management, journalism studies, & sustainable fashion, among others. I also have a number of historical and ongoing collaborations with business and industry.
Public Acceptance of Energy Technologies
Assessing attitudes and behaviour towards established and emerging supply and demand side technology options (e.g. nuclear power, wind power, carbon dioxide storage and utilisation, smart metering), including implications for planning policy, public engagement, etc. Advancement of methodology to aid with investigations.
Sustainability and Environmental Behaviour
Assessing the factors that facilitate and inhibit action on environmental issues and the promotion of more sustainable behaviour (e.g. compensatory beliefs and moral licensing), including studying the interface between business/industry and the public.
5 Key Terms
Energy; Environment; Attitudes; Risk; Psychology
• PSY101 (Introduction to Psychology)
• PSY103 (Psychology at Sheffield, Module Organiser)
• PSY159 (Critical Skills for Psychologists)
• PSY246 (Social, Health and Environmental Psychology)
• PSY6122 (Current Issues in Psychological Research, Module Organiser)
• Director of Impact for Psychology
• E-Futures DTC Management Committee
• Deputy Director of University of Sheffield CDT in 'Energy Storage and its Applications'
• CO2Chem cluster leader for 'Public Perception of Carbon Dioxide Utilisation'
• UK Centre for Carbon Dioxide Utilisation (CDUUK) Management Committee
• Energy and Behaviour Theme Leader for Project Sunshine
• South East European Research Centre : Research Track 3 (Society and Human Development) co-lead
• 2007-2010: Understanding Risk: Climate Change & Energy Choices (Leverhulme Trust)
• 2011-2014: Energy Innovation for Deprived Communities AKA BIG Energy Upgrade (European Regional Development Fund)
• 2011-2012: Public Perceptions of Carbon Capture and Storage (Electric Power Research Institute, PI)
• 2013-2014: No Way!ste (University of Sheffield Futures 2022 seed-corn grant)
• 2014-2015: TRading Approaches to Nurturing Sustainable consumption in Fashion and Energy Retail (TRANSFER) (ESRC, PI)
• 2014-2015: CHBs and Eating Behaviour (PSP small grant, w/ Sheffield Hallam University)
• 2014-2015: Public perceptions of Carbon Dioxide Utilisation (CDU) in UK and Germany (EPSRC CO2Chem Network)
• 2016: Activation of Compensatory Health Beliefs and Goal Accessibility (PSP Small Grant, w/ Sheffield Hallam University)
Current PhD Students
• James Williams (E-Futures): Acceptance of domestic solar-thermal systems.
• *Christopher Maidment (EPSRC): The health effects of household energy-efficiency interventions.
• *Aimie Hope (E-Futures): Compensatory Green Beliefs.
• *Colin Whittle (E-Futures): Smart Cities and the role of smart citizens.
• *Keelan Meade (WindNet): Cumulative landscape and visual impact of wind farms.
• *Agnes Bray (Project Sunshine): Dissecting the democratic deficit explanation of wind farm opposition.
• Alina Moat (LCF, PT): Exploring patterns of contemporary consumerism among UK teenagers.
• Katy Armstrong (EPSRC, PT): Understanding the Potential of Carbon Dioxide Utilisation.
• Caroline Verfürth (UoS): Understanding behavioural spillover in workplaces.
• George Barratt (Green Economy Network): Carbon Sequestration in the Global South.
Previous PhD Students
• Dr Herman Elgueta: Attitudes towards electricity generation in Chile.
• Dr Barry Orr: Attitudes towards Carbon Capture and Storage in UK and Sweden.
A list of key publications can be found below. For a full list of publications please click here
- Perdan S, Jones C & Azapagic A (2017) Public awareness and acceptance of carbon capture and utilisation in the UK. Sustainable Production and Consumption. View this article in WRRO
- Jones C & Jones A (2016) Two Blind Mice: It Is Time for Greater Collaboration between Engineers and Social Scientists around the RDD & D of Industrial Technologies. C, 2(2). View this article in WRRO
- Jones CR, Kaklamanou D, Stuttard WM, Radford RL & Burley J (2015) Investigating public perceptions of carbon dioxide utilisation (CDU) technology: A mixed methods study. Faraday Discussions, 183, 327-347. View this article in WRRO
- Kaklamanou D, Jones CR, Webb TL & Walker SR (2015) Using Public Transport Can Make Up for Flying Abroad on Holiday. Environment and Behavior, 47(2), 184-204. View this article in WRRO
- Jones CR, Radford RL, Armstrong K & Styring P (2014) What a waste! Assessing public perceptions of Carbon Dioxide Utilisation technology. Journal of CO2 Utilization, 7, 51-54. View this article in WRRO
- Jones CR, Lange E, Kang J, Tsuchiya A, Howell RJ, While A, Crisp R, Meade K, Qu F, Sturge S, Bray A & Steel J (2014) WindNet: Improving the impact assessment of wind power projects. AIMS Energy, 2(4), 461-484. View this article in WRRO
- Jones CR & Eiser JR (2014) Attitude Formation Through Exploration: The "Treasure Island" Paradigm and the Significance of Risk Predictability. SAGE Open, 4(3). View this article in WRRO
- Hope ALB & Jones CR (2014) The impact of religious faith on attitudes to environmental issues and Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) technologies: A mixed methods study. Technology in Society, 38, 48-59. View this article in WRRO
- Scott FL, Jones CR & Webb TL (2013) What do people living in deprived communities in the UK think about household energy efficiency interventions?. Energy Policy. View this article in WRRO
- Maidment CD, Jones CR, Webb TL, Hathway EA & Gilbertson JM (2013) The impact of household energy efficiency measures on health: A meta-analysis. Energy Policy.
- Kaklamanou D, Armitage CJ & Jones CR (2013) A further look into compensatory health beliefs: a think aloud study.. Br J Health Psychol, 18(1), 139-154.
- Jones CR, Eiser JR & Gamble TR (2012) Assessing the impact of framing on the comparative favourability of nuclear power as an electricity generating option in the UK. Energy Policy, 41, 451-465. View this article in WRRO
- Jones CR, Orr BJ & Eiser JR (2011) When is enough, enough? Identifying predictors of capacity estimates for onshore wind-power development in a region of the UK. Energy Policy, 39(8), 4563-4577. View this article in WRRO
- Jones CR & Eiser JR (2010) Understanding 'local' opposition to wind development in the UK: How big is a backyard?. ENERG POLICY, 38(6), 3106-3117. View this article in WRRO
- Eiser JR, Aluchna K & Jones CR (2010) Local wind or Russian gas? Contextual influences on Polish attitudes to wind energy developments. ENVIRON PLANN C, 28(4), 595-608.
- Jones CR & Eiser JR (2009) Identifying predictors of attitudes towards local onshore wind development with reference to an English case study. ENERG POLICY, 37(11), 4604-4614. View this article in WRRO
- Jones C, Eiser J & Elgueta H () Reconciling nuclear risk: The impact of the Fukushima accident on comparative preferences for nuclear power in UK electricity generation. Journal of Applied Social Psychology. View this article in WRRO