Dr Christopher Jones

Dr Chris JonesSocial and Environmental Psychologist

Director of Impact for Psychology

Department of Psychology
University of Sheffield
Sheffield S10 2TP
Room: 2.25
Tel: (+44) (0)114 22 26592
Fax: (+44) (0)114 22 26515
Email: c.r.jones@sheffield.ac.uk


2002 : BSc (Hons) Psychology
2003 : MSc Psychological Science
2007 : PhD Social Psychology
2010 : PGDip. Teaching & Lecturing in Higher Education

Research Interests

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.

I am an active member of the departmental Social, Health and Environmental Psychology (SHEP) Group and leads the Environment and Behaviour Research Group (EBRG).

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)

Other Roles

• 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

Recent Grants

• 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

*First supervisor

• 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

Journal articles