Lois recently graduated from her BSc in Psychology at the University of Bath with First Class Honours. Throughout her degree, she was part of a research group looking at social processes in developmental disorders such as Autism, and published several papers in this area. In the final year of her undergraduate, she was a research assistant for Bath and North East Somerset Council, studying public perceptions of the proposed Clean Air Zone. This experience propelled Lois’ passion for environmental psychology. Lois also worked at a technology company builder, which sparked her desire to apply Psychology to real-world problems. Combining these interests, Lois is interested in understanding how to promote pro-environmental behaviours in understudied, vulnerable populations, such as those with developmental disorders or mental health conditions. Within the AAPS CDT, Lois aims to understand how to encourage pro-environmental behaviour and increase adoption of new vehicle technologies in vulnerable populations, thereby improving their quality of life, and tackling larger societal environmental issues.
To continue and advance research in to Clean Air Zones, Lois will work with Bath and North-East Somerset council, and though publications, start an in-depth review of the relationships between normal and psychopathological (i.e., abnormal) psychological traits, environmental attitudes, and pro-environmental behaviours. For example, building on some of our ongoing work (Taylor et al., 2021), this will follow a line of theoretical enquiry on the links between autism, mental health conditions, and pro-environmental (automotive) behaviours. Based on the review of the literature, partly using data collected as part of the CAZ implementation, the student will complete a series of empirical studies to assess the various psycho(patho)logical predictors of pro-environmental behaviours, accounting for climate change beliefs and environmental attitudes, with a focus on understanding any potential barriers to engaging in automotive related pro-environmental behaviours.
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