Education and Work Experience

In summary my career has been a degree in psychology (2001), a master's in environmental psychology (2005), a research associate post specialising in travel behaviour (January 2006 – October 2009), a PhD in psychology studying climate change communication (2015) and public engagement with air pollution (March - December 2017). Most recently, I have been freelancing as a social researcher (2018 - present).

Education

  • PhD Psychology, University of Exeter (2015) Thesis title: Dynamics of Communicating Climate Change Information: Using Mixed Methods to Examine the Perspectives of Scientists, Communicators and Publics. This was an ESRC CASE studentship in collaboration with the Met Office. The aim of my thesis was to explore the process of climate change communication from the perspectives of the scientists, communicators, and the recipient. I drew upon previous social science research, psychological theories and employed a mixed methodology (interviews, experiments, survey).  My full thesis is available here.
  • MSc Environmental Psychology, University of Surrey (2005) Dissertation title: Cycling stereotypes and identity. This Masters dissertation applied social psychology to investigate cyclists’ and non-cyclists’ perceptions of the stereotypical cyclist, cycling identities and how self-identity as a cyclist influence cycling intentions within the Theory of Planned Behaviour framework. This work has been published in Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour. You can find it here.
  • BSc (Hons) Psychology, University of Central Lancashire (2001) Dissertation title: An experimental study to investigate the effects of semantic priming on ‘familiar’ judgements, using both Gardiner’s method of analysis and a new conditional probability method.

Work Experience

  • Freelance Research Consultant (March 2018 -  ongoing)       
    • JFG Communications – Transport industry specialists (April 2018). This work built on CIPR’s (Chartered Institute of Public Relations) recent work on PR and pay equality, and the many studies looking at women in construction and property. I conducted the quantitative analysis of the survey data examining issues for women working in construction and property PR.
  • Postdoctoral Researcher, Centre for Environmental Policy, Imperial College London (March - December 2017). Investigated user-experiences of personal air pollution sensors where surrounding air quality information conveyed via a smartphone app. I conducted survey and interview work to examine its influence on people’s attitudes and behaviour. I also conducted focus groups with local residents and commuters exploring perceived impacts/ benefits of new large transport infrastructure developments in London (HS2 and Crossrail). 
  • Research Associate, Centre for Transport & Society, University of the West of England, Bristol  (Jan 2006 - Sept 2009). I was the lead researcher of two Research Council UK projects and a Department for Transport project. Firstly, I worked on an EPSRC-funded project: this used quantitative (surveys) and qualitative (interviews) methods examining the practice of homeworking. Concurrently, I was the researcher on an EPSRC/BBSRC-funded project that project explored travel needs of older people. Research methods included reconvened focus groups, travel diaries, telephone interviews and an E-Delphi technique. I was also a researcher on a project for the Department for Transport (DfT) evaluating a trial testing methods of charging road users that would vary according to time, distance and place.