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Dr Christopher Jones

Research Interests: With a background in the principles of attitude formation and change; Chris has particular research interests in public perceptions of, and responses to, energy generating technologies (e.g., nuclear power stations, wind farms, carbon capture and storage) and household energy use interventions (e.g., smart-monitors). Chris is an active member of the departmental Social, Health and Environmental Psychology (SHEP) Group and leads the Environment and Behaviour Research Group (EBRG).

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5 Key Terms
Energy; Environment; Attitudes; Risk; Psychology

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Colin Whittle

Colin Whittle graduated with a BSc in Psychology from the University of Sheffield in 2010 and then went on to complete a MSc in Psychological research methods, graduating with a distinction.

Research interests: The role of the citizen in achieving sustainability; technology acceptance; energy reduction; and empowerment.

Current research: is on the future citizen. As cities strive for sustainability through use of smart technologies there is an increasing discussion regarding the role of the citizens in these developments. Through exploring this role, Colin aims to identify the characteristics of the future, smart citizen. This profile will enable us to assess the preparedness of citizens for the future, smart city developments

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James Williams

Academic qualifications: degree and Masters in aerospace engineering, Masters in environmental engineering, Ph.D. is in dual departments of Psychology and Mechanical Engineering.

Research interests: consumer behaviour regarding environmental technologies. I am interested in improving consumer adoption of environmental technologies as well as improving the use of such technologies. Finally, if the technology itself can encourage more appropriate behaviour so much the better.

Current research: designing a novel water heating method which incorporates weather predictions as well as assessing the applicability of the Technology Acceptance Model (TAM) to consumer adoption of solar thermal panels in Sheffield, UK and Thessaloniki, Greece. I have also been conducting semi structured interviews with various actors within the solar thermal panel industry to obtain specialist knowledge about the solar thermal panel market.

Winner of best paper award at Thessaloniki conference: Optimisation of solar thermal panel use, 7th South East European Doctoral Student Conference 24 - 25 Sept. 2012, Thessaloniki – Greece

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Agnes Bray

Waking the silent majority: Predicting and preventing the 'democratic deficit' in wind farm siting

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Aimie Hope

Aimie Hope graduated from Sheffield Hallam University in 2011 with a distinction in MSc Environmental Management. As part of her degree she completed a year-long placement with the Business Environment Centre, undertaking research into the energy and carbon savings achieved by Sheffield’s third sector. Aimie has a BA in Biblical Studies from The University of Sheffield.

Research interests: include engaging with faith communities on environmental issues such as climate change and new technologies.

Current research: Aimie is conducting her PhD research into rebound effects and compensatory beliefs with the Departments of Psychology and Geography. General interests include going to the theatre and walking in the Peak District.

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Natalie McCreesh

Natalie is Postdoctoral Research Associate for the TRANSFER project at the University of Sheffield in collaboration with London College of Fashion.

The TRading Approaches to Nurturing Sustainable consumption in Fashion and Energy Retail project is a knowledge exchange venture funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) addressing issues of sustainability within the fashion and energy retail sectors.

Natalie has a multidisciplinary academic background spanning life sciences and fashion history / communication. Gaining a PhD from the University of Manchester in Biochemistry - Archaeological Science, researching hair and material fibres from ancient remains. Her research interests have focused upon human interaction and views of the self, going on to pursue research in museums and modern areas of fashion and fashion psychology.

Natalie is Associate lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University where she has lectured in Fibre Analysis and more recently Fashion Communication in the Department of Apparel.

Appointed Academic Research Consultant for the Arts Council England (ACE) funded project entitled ‘The Cinderella Syndrome: Displaying shoes in museums’ with Northampton Museums and Art Gallery. A multi-disciplinary project which addressed the problems with displaying shoes in museums and retail from a practical and theoretical angle. The study discussed socio-psychological effects of boundary, social perceptions and cultural associations and the effect this has on consumers when they interpret physical display, be this in museum or retail environments.

Current academic research and teaching areas are focused on fashion psychology, fashion subcultures and fashion bloggers / blogging. In addition to collaboration and consultations with well-
known fashion brands and writing for contemporary fashion magazines.

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Keelan Meade

Keelan Meade completed a BA (Hons) in Psychology at the University College Dublin in 2006, followed by an MSc in Investigative Psychology at the University of Liverpool in 2007. He has had several jobs before undertaking his PhD, including working as a photographer in Dublin and as a graduate tutor in crime science at the University of Northumbria, Newcastle.

Research interests: include the public perception of, and responses to, wind farms, as well as the landscape and visual impacts of wind turbines.