Professor Wouter Poortinga

Professor

Research group:
Social & environmental psychology
Email:
PoortingaW@Cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44(0)29 2087 4755
Location:
Tower Building, Park Place

Research summary

I am a Professor of environmental psychology at the Welsh School of Architecture and the School of Psychology at Cardiff University. My research interests are in a wide variety of topics regarding human-environment interactions, including (1) environmental risk perception, (2) sustainable behaviours and lifestyles, and (3) housing, neighbourhoods and health.

I have organised a number of comprehensive surveys of public opinion towards future energy options and climate change, and contributed to a research synthesis of the literature on public attitudes to environmental change. I am currently leading a project on public attitudes to nuclear power and climate change in Britain two years after the Fukushima accident.

My work on sustainable behaviours and lifestyles examined the role of environmental values and attitudes in household energy use, evaluated the effectiveness and further attitudinal and behavioural impacts of the Welsh carrier bag charge, and involved the development of a Welsh environmental attitudes and behaviours segmentation model.

I am currently managing a portfolio for research project on the topic of housing, neighbourhoods and health. This includes projects on the health impacts of the Carmarthenshire Homes Standard (CHS) programme – based on the Welsh Housing Quality Standard (WHQS), the health impacts and economic value of meeting housing quality standards (in which we further develop the Residential Environment Assessment Tool; REAT), and the evaluation of structural energy-performance investments in low-income neighbourhood through the Arbed programme.

Further research interests are in social capital and cohesion and its role in community resilience and wellbeing, perceptions of indoor air quality, and the clustering of lifestyle risk factors. Other research helps to understand how social values get translated into action. This research is being undertaken in collaboration with colleagues in the Values in Action (ViA) Centre, at Cardiff University

Teaching summary

Level 1 (MEDIC): Health in Society: Stress, Health and Coping lectures for the Health in Society module.

Level 2 (PSYCH): Social Psychology Practical (PS2007) on the ‘Asymmetry of Trust’

Level 3 (PSYCH): Coordinator and Lecturer on the Environmental Psychology Module (PS3415) on the topics of Environmental Behaviour, Environmental Risk Perception, Environmental Cognition, and Environmental Influences on Attitudes, Behaviour, and Well-Being.

Level 3 (ARCHI): Social Aspects of Design lecture for the Issues in Contemporary Architecture module.

M.Arch (ARCHI): Lectures and seminars on Social Research Methods and Research Ethics for the Research Methods module (Part 2 of Architectural Studies).

Masters (ARCHI): Lecture on Environmental Attitudes and Behaviour for the Architecture Earth & Society module (MSc in Theory and Practice of Sustainable Design; MSc in Sustainable Energy and Environment).

Masters (ARCHI): Tutoring and lecturing on Social Research Methods for the Primitives module (MSc in Theory and Practice of Sustainable Design; MSc in Sustainable Energy and Environment).

Selected publications (2008 onwards)

2016

Arnold, A., Bohm, G., Corner, A., Mays, C., Pidgeon, N. F., Poortinga, W., Poumadere, M., Scheer, D., Sonnberger, M., Steentjes, K. and Tvinnereim, E. (2016). Socio-political profiles to inform a cross-national survey in France, Germany, Norway and the UK.. [Online]. Oxford: Climate Outreach. Available at: http://climateoutreach.org/resources/european-perceptions pdf

Poortinga, W., Calve, T., Jones, N., Lannon, S. C., Rees, T., Rodgers, S. E., Lyons, R. A. and Johnson, R. (2016). Neighborhood quality and attachment: validation of the revised residential environment assessment toolEnvironment & Behavior (10.1177/0013916516634403) pdf

Poortinga, W. and Darnton, A. (2016). Segmenting for sustainability: the development of a sustainability segmentation model from a Welsh sampleJournal of Environmental Psychology, 45, 221-232. (10.1016/j.jenvp.2016.01.009) pdf

Poortinga, W., Sautkina, E., Thomas, G. O. and Wolstenholme, E. (2016). The English plastic bag charge: Changes in attitudes and behaviour. Welsh School of Architecture, School of Psychology, Cardiff University. pdf

Poortinga, W., Whitmarsh, L. E. and Suffolk, C. (2016). The introduction of a single-use carrier bag charge in Wales: attitude change and behavioural spillover effectsJournal of Environmental Psychology, 47, 126-135. (10.1016/j.jenvp.2016.05.008) pdf

Thomas, G. O., Poortinga, W. and Sautkina, E. (2016). The Welsh Single-Use Carrier Bag Charge and behavioural spilloverJournal of Environmental Psychology, 47, 126-135. (10.1016/j.jenvp.2016.05.008) pdf

Thomas, G. O., Poortinga, W. and Sautkina, E. (2016). Habit discontinuity, self-activation, and the diminishing influence of context change: evidence from the UK understanding society surveyPLoS ONE, 11(4) (10.1371/journal.pone.0153490) pdf

2015

Capstick, S. B., Whitmarsh, L. E., Poortinga, W., Pidgeon, N. F. and Upham, P. (2015). International trends in public perceptions of climate change over the past quarter centuryWiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change, 6(1), 35-61. (10.1002/wcc.321) pdf

Fenenga, C. J., Nketiah-Amponsah, E., Ogink, A., Arhinful, D. K., Poortinga, W. and Hutter, I. (2015). Social capital and active membership in the Ghana National Health Insurance Scheme - a mixed method studyInternational Journal for Equity in Health, 14(1) (10.1186/s12939-015-0239-y)

2014

Bird, D. K., Haynes, K., van den Honert, R., McAneney, J. and Poortinga, W. (2014). Nuclear power in Australia: A comparative analysis of public opinion regarding climate change and the Fukushima disasterEnergy Policy, 65, 644-653. (10.1016/j.enpol.2013.09.047)

Demski, C. C., Poortinga, W. and Pidgeon, N. F. (2014). Exploring public perceptions of energy security risks in the UKEnergy Policy, 66, 369-378. (10.1016/j.enpol.2013.10.079) pdf

Marshall, G., Darnton, A., Ellis-Jones, C., Nash, N., Poortinga, W., Whitmarsh, L. E. and Young, E. (2014). Sustainable development narratives for Wales: a framework for communications. [Online]. Welsh Government. Available at: http://wales.gov.uk/docs/dsjlg/publications/140206-sus-dev-narratives.pdf

Rodgers, S. E., Heaven, M., Lacey, A., Poortinga, W., Dunstan, F. D. J., Jones, K. H., Palmer, S. R., Phillips, C. J., Smith, R. S. G., John, A., Davies, G. A. and Lyons, R. A. (2014). Cohort Profile: The housing regeneration and health studyInternational Journal of Epidemiology, 43(1), 52-60. (10.1093/ije/dys200)

2013

Poortinga, W. and Aoyagi, M. (2013). Public perceptions of climate change and energy futures before and after the Fukushima accident. Working Paper. Cardiff: Welsh School of Architecture. Available at: http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/archi/images/working%20papers/WSA%20Working%20Paper%2001-2013.pdf pdf

Poortinga, W., Aoyagi, M. and Pidgeon, N. F. (2013). Public perceptions of climate change and energy futures before and after the Fukushima accident: A comparison between Britain and JapanEnergy Policy, 62, 1204-1211. (10.1016/j.enpol.2013.08.015)

Poortinga, W., Whitmarsh, L. E. and Suffolk, C. (2013). The introduction of a single-use carrier bag charge in Wales: Attitude change and behavioural spillover effectsJournal of Environmental Psychology, 36, 240-247. (10.1016/j.jenvp.2013.09.001)

de Groot, J. I. M., Steg, L. and Poortinga, W. (2013). Values, perceived risks and benefits, and acceptability of nuclear energyRisk Analysis, 33(2), 307-317. (10.1111/j.1539-6924.2012.01845.x)

2012

Pidgeon, N. F., Corner, A. J., Parkhill, K., Spence, A. A., Butler, C. and Poortinga, W. (2012). Exploring early public responses to geoengineeringPhilosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London Series A: Mathematical and Physical Sciences, 370(1974), 4176-4196. (10.1098/rsta.2012.0099)

Poortinga, W. (2012). Community resilience and health: The role of bonding, bridging, and linking aspects of social capitalHealth & Place, 18(2), 286-295. (10.1016/j.healthplace.2011.09.017)

Poortinga, W., Spence, A., Demski, C. and Pidgeon, N. F. (2012). Individual-motivational factors in the acceptability of demand-side and supply-side measures to reduce carbon emissionsEnergy Policy, 48, 812-819. (10.1016/j.enpol.2012.06.029)

Spence, A., Poortinga, W. and Pidgeon, N. F. (2012). The psychological distance of climate changeRisk Analysis, 32(6), 957-972. (10.1111/j.1539-6924.2011.01695.x)

2011

Corner, A. J., Venables, D., Spence, A., Poortinga, W., Demski, C. C. and Pidgeon, N. F. (2011). Nuclear power, climate change and energy security: Exploring British public attitudesEnergy Policy, 39(9), 4823-4833. (10.1016/j.enpol.2011.06.037)

Parag, Y., Capstick, S. B. and Poortinga, W. (2011). Policy attribute framing: A comparison between three policy instruments for personal emissions reductionJournal of Policy Analysis and Management, 30(4), 889-905. (10.1002/pam.20610)

Poortinga, W., Bronstering, K. and Lannon, S. C. (2011). Awareness and Perceptions of the Risks of Exposure to Indoor Radon: A Population-Based Approach to Evaluate a Radon Awareness and Testing Campaign in England and WalesRisk Analysis, 31(11), 1800-1812. (10.1111/j.1539-6924.2011.01613.x)

Poortinga, W., Gebel, K., Bauman, A. and Moudon, A. V. (2011). Neighborhood environment, physical activity and obesity. In: Nriagu, J. ed. Encyclopedia of Environmental Health, Vol 4. Amsterdam: Elsevier, pp. 44-53. (10.1016/B978-0-444-52272-6.00425-6)

Poortinga, W., Spence, A., Whitmarsh, L. E., Capstick, S. B. and Pidgeon, N. F. (2011). Uncertain climate: An investigation into public scepticism about anthropogenic climate changeGlobal Environmental Change, 21(3), 1015-1024. (10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2011.03.001) pdf

Spence, A., Poortinga, W., Butler, C. and Pidgeon, N. F. (2011). Perceptions of climate change and willingness to save energy related to flood experienceNature Climate Change, 1(1), 46-49. (10.1038/nclimate1059)

Van Woerden, H. C., Poortinga, W., Bronstering, K., Garrib, A. and Hegazi, A. (2011). The relationship of different sources of social support and civic participation with self-rated healthJournal of Public Mental Health, 10(3), 126-139. (10.1108/17465721111175010)

Whitmarsh, L. E., Upham, P., Poortinga, W., McLachlan, C., Darnton, A., Sherry-Brennan, F., Devine-Wright, P. and Demski, C. C. (2011). Public attitudes, understanding, and engagement in relation to low-carbon energy. A selective review of academic and non-academic literatures : report for RCUK Energy Programme. [Online]. Research Councils UK. Available at: http://www.rcuk.ac.uk/RCUK-prod/assets/documents/energy/EnergySynthesisFINAL20110124.pdf pdf

2010

Spence, A. A., Poortinga, W., Pidgeon, N. F. and Lorenzoni, I. (2010). Public perceptions of energy choices: the influence of beliefs about climate change and the environmentEnergy and Environment, 21(5), 385-407. (10.1260/0958-305X.21.5.385)

2009

Tompkins, E. L., Hurlston, L. and Poortinga, W. (2009). Foreignness as a constraint on learning: The impact of migrants on disaster resilience in small islandsEnvironmental Hazards: human and policy dimensions, 8(4), 263-277. (10.3763/ehaz.2009.0018)

2008

Bickerstaff, K., Lorenzoni, I., Pidgeon, N. F., Poortinga, W. and Simmons, P. (2008). Reframing nuclear power in the UK energy debate: nuclear power, climate change mitigation and radioactive wastePublic Understanding of Science, 17(2), 145-169. (10.1177/0963662506066719)

Pidgeon, N. F., Lorenzoni, I. and Poortinga, W. (2008). Climate change or nuclear power - No thanks! A quantitative study of public perceptions and risk framing in BritainGlobal Environmental Change, 18(1), 69-85. (10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2007.09.005)

Poortinga, W., Dunstan, F. D. J. and Fone, D. L. (2008). Health locus of control beliefs and socio-economic differences in self-rated healthPreventive Medicine, 46(4), 374-380. (10.1016/j.ypmed.2007.11.015)

Poortinga, W., Dunstan, F. D. J. and Fone, D. L. (2008). Neighbourhood deprivation and self-rated health: The role of perceptions of the neighbourhood and of housing problemsHealth & Place, 14(3), 562-575. (10.1016/j.healthplace.2007.10.003)

Poortinga, W., Cox, P. and Pidgeon, N. F. (2008). The perceived health risks of indoor radon gas and overhead powerlines: A comparative multilevel approachRisk Analysis, 28(1), 235-248. (10.1111/j.1539-6924.2008.01015.x)

Rowe, G., Horlick-Jones, T. E., Walls, J., Poortinga, W. and Pidgeon, N. F. (2008). Analysis of a normative framework for evaluating public engagement exercises: reliability, validity and limitationsPublic Understanding of Science, 17(4), 419-441. (10.1177/0963662506075351)

Full list of publications

2016

Arnold, A., Bohm, G., Corner, A., Mays, C., Pidgeon, N. F., Poortinga, W., Poumadere, M., Scheer, D., Sonnberger, M., Steentjes, K. and Tvinnereim, E. (2016). Socio-political profiles to inform a cross-national survey in France, Germany, Norway and the UK.. [Online]. Oxford: Climate Outreach. Available at: http://climateoutreach.org/resources/european-perceptions pdf

Poortinga, W., Calve, T., Jones, N., Lannon, S. C., Rees, T., Rodgers, S. E., Lyons, R. A. and Johnson, R. (2016). Neighborhood quality and attachment: validation of the revised residential environment assessment toolEnvironment & Behavior (10.1177/0013916516634403) pdf

Poortinga, W. and Darnton, A. (2016). Segmenting for sustainability: the development of a sustainability segmentation model from a Welsh sampleJournal of Environmental Psychology, 45, 221-232. (10.1016/j.jenvp.2016.01.009) pdf

Poortinga, W., Sautkina, E., Thomas, G. O. and Wolstenholme, E. (2016). The English plastic bag charge: Changes in attitudes and behaviour. Welsh School of Architecture, School of Psychology, Cardiff University. pdf

Poortinga, W., Whitmarsh, L. E. and Suffolk, C. (2016). The introduction of a single-use carrier bag charge in Wales: attitude change and behavioural spillover effectsJournal of Environmental Psychology, 47, 126-135. (10.1016/j.jenvp.2016.05.008) pdf

Thomas, G. O., Poortinga, W. and Sautkina, E. (2016). The Welsh Single-Use Carrier Bag Charge and behavioural spilloverJournal of Environmental Psychology, 47, 126-135. (10.1016/j.jenvp.2016.05.008) pdf

Thomas, G. O., Poortinga, W. and Sautkina, E. (2016). Habit discontinuity, self-activation, and the diminishing influence of context change: evidence from the UK understanding society surveyPLoS ONE, 11(4) (10.1371/journal.pone.0153490) pdf

2015

Capstick, S. B., Whitmarsh, L. E., Poortinga, W., Pidgeon, N. F. and Upham, P. (2015). International trends in public perceptions of climate change over the past quarter centuryWiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change, 6(1), 35-61. (10.1002/wcc.321) pdf

Fenenga, C. J., Nketiah-Amponsah, E., Ogink, A., Arhinful, D. K., Poortinga, W. and Hutter, I. (2015). Social capital and active membership in the Ghana National Health Insurance Scheme - a mixed method studyInternational Journal for Equity in Health, 14(1) (10.1186/s12939-015-0239-y)

2014

Bird, D. K., Haynes, K., van den Honert, R., McAneney, J. and Poortinga, W. (2014). Nuclear power in Australia: A comparative analysis of public opinion regarding climate change and the Fukushima disasterEnergy Policy, 65, 644-653. (10.1016/j.enpol.2013.09.047)

Demski, C. C., Poortinga, W. and Pidgeon, N. F. (2014). Exploring public perceptions of energy security risks in the UKEnergy Policy, 66, 369-378. (10.1016/j.enpol.2013.10.079) pdf

Marshall, G., Darnton, A., Ellis-Jones, C., Nash, N., Poortinga, W., Whitmarsh, L. E. and Young, E. (2014). Sustainable development narratives for Wales: a framework for communications. [Online]. Welsh Government. Available at: http://wales.gov.uk/docs/dsjlg/publications/140206-sus-dev-narratives.pdf

Rodgers, S. E., Heaven, M., Lacey, A., Poortinga, W., Dunstan, F. D. J., Jones, K. H., Palmer, S. R., Phillips, C. J., Smith, R. S. G., John, A., Davies, G. A. and Lyons, R. A. (2014). Cohort Profile: The housing regeneration and health studyInternational Journal of Epidemiology, 43(1), 52-60. (10.1093/ije/dys200)

2013

Poortinga, W. and Aoyagi, M. (2013). Public perceptions of climate change and energy futures before and after the Fukushima accident. Working Paper. Cardiff: Welsh School of Architecture. Available at: http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/archi/images/working%20papers/WSA%20Working%20Paper%2001-2013.pdf pdf

Poortinga, W., Aoyagi, M. and Pidgeon, N. F. (2013). Public perceptions of climate change and energy futures before and after the Fukushima accident: A comparison between Britain and JapanEnergy Policy, 62, 1204-1211. (10.1016/j.enpol.2013.08.015)

Poortinga, W., Whitmarsh, L. E. and Suffolk, C. (2013). The introduction of a single-use carrier bag charge in Wales: Attitude change and behavioural spillover effectsJournal of Environmental Psychology, 36, 240-247. (10.1016/j.jenvp.2013.09.001)

de Groot, J. I. M., Steg, L. and Poortinga, W. (2013). Values, perceived risks and benefits, and acceptability of nuclear energyRisk Analysis, 33(2), 307-317. (10.1111/j.1539-6924.2012.01845.x)

2012

Pidgeon, N. F., Corner, A. J., Parkhill, K., Spence, A. A., Butler, C. and Poortinga, W. (2012). Exploring early public responses to geoengineeringPhilosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London Series A: Mathematical and Physical Sciences, 370(1974), 4176-4196. (10.1098/rsta.2012.0099)

Poortinga, W. (2012). Community resilience and health: The role of bonding, bridging, and linking aspects of social capitalHealth & Place, 18(2), 286-295. (10.1016/j.healthplace.2011.09.017)

Poortinga, W., Spence, A., Demski, C. and Pidgeon, N. F. (2012). Individual-motivational factors in the acceptability of demand-side and supply-side measures to reduce carbon emissionsEnergy Policy, 48, 812-819. (10.1016/j.enpol.2012.06.029)

Spence, A., Poortinga, W. and Pidgeon, N. F. (2012). The psychological distance of climate changeRisk Analysis, 32(6), 957-972. (10.1111/j.1539-6924.2011.01695.x)

2011

Corner, A. J., Venables, D., Spence, A., Poortinga, W., Demski, C. C. and Pidgeon, N. F. (2011). Nuclear power, climate change and energy security: Exploring British public attitudesEnergy Policy, 39(9), 4823-4833. (10.1016/j.enpol.2011.06.037)

Parag, Y., Capstick, S. B. and Poortinga, W. (2011). Policy attribute framing: A comparison between three policy instruments for personal emissions reductionJournal of Policy Analysis and Management, 30(4), 889-905. (10.1002/pam.20610)

Poortinga, W., Bronstering, K. and Lannon, S. C. (2011). Awareness and Perceptions of the Risks of Exposure to Indoor Radon: A Population-Based Approach to Evaluate a Radon Awareness and Testing Campaign in England and WalesRisk Analysis, 31(11), 1800-1812. (10.1111/j.1539-6924.2011.01613.x)

Poortinga, W., Gebel, K., Bauman, A. and Moudon, A. V. (2011). Neighborhood environment, physical activity and obesity. In: Nriagu, J. ed. Encyclopedia of Environmental Health, Vol 4. Amsterdam: Elsevier, pp. 44-53. (10.1016/B978-0-444-52272-6.00425-6)

Poortinga, W., Spence, A., Whitmarsh, L. E., Capstick, S. B. and Pidgeon, N. F. (2011). Uncertain climate: An investigation into public scepticism about anthropogenic climate changeGlobal Environmental Change, 21(3), 1015-1024. (10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2011.03.001) pdf

Spence, A., Poortinga, W., Butler, C. and Pidgeon, N. F. (2011). Perceptions of climate change and willingness to save energy related to flood experienceNature Climate Change, 1(1), 46-49. (10.1038/nclimate1059)

Van Woerden, H. C., Poortinga, W., Bronstering, K., Garrib, A. and Hegazi, A. (2011). The relationship of different sources of social support and civic participation with self-rated healthJournal of Public Mental Health, 10(3), 126-139. (10.1108/17465721111175010)

Whitmarsh, L. E., Upham, P., Poortinga, W., McLachlan, C., Darnton, A., Sherry-Brennan, F., Devine-Wright, P. and Demski, C. C. (2011). Public attitudes, understanding, and engagement in relation to low-carbon energy. A selective review of academic and non-academic literatures : report for RCUK Energy Programme. [Online]. Research Councils UK. Available at: http://www.rcuk.ac.uk/RCUK-prod/assets/documents/energy/EnergySynthesisFINAL20110124.pdf pdf

2010

Spence, A. A., Poortinga, W., Pidgeon, N. F. and Lorenzoni, I. (2010). Public perceptions of energy choices: the influence of beliefs about climate change and the environmentEnergy and Environment, 21(5), 385-407. (10.1260/0958-305X.21.5.385)

2009

Tompkins, E. L., Hurlston, L. and Poortinga, W. (2009). Foreignness as a constraint on learning: The impact of migrants on disaster resilience in small islandsEnvironmental Hazards: human and policy dimensions, 8(4), 263-277. (10.3763/ehaz.2009.0018)

2008

Bickerstaff, K., Lorenzoni, I., Pidgeon, N. F., Poortinga, W. and Simmons, P. (2008). Reframing nuclear power in the UK energy debate: nuclear power, climate change mitigation and radioactive wastePublic Understanding of Science, 17(2), 145-169. (10.1177/0963662506066719)

Pidgeon, N. F., Lorenzoni, I. and Poortinga, W. (2008). Climate change or nuclear power - No thanks! A quantitative study of public perceptions and risk framing in BritainGlobal Environmental Change, 18(1), 69-85. (10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2007.09.005)

Poortinga, W., Dunstan, F. D. J. and Fone, D. L. (2008). Health locus of control beliefs and socio-economic differences in self-rated healthPreventive Medicine, 46(4), 374-380. (10.1016/j.ypmed.2007.11.015)

Poortinga, W., Dunstan, F. D. J. and Fone, D. L. (2008). Neighbourhood deprivation and self-rated health: The role of perceptions of the neighbourhood and of housing problemsHealth & Place, 14(3), 562-575. (10.1016/j.healthplace.2007.10.003)

Poortinga, W., Cox, P. and Pidgeon, N. F. (2008). The perceived health risks of indoor radon gas and overhead powerlines: A comparative multilevel approachRisk Analysis, 28(1), 235-248. (10.1111/j.1539-6924.2008.01015.x)

Rowe, G., Horlick-Jones, T. E., Walls, J., Poortinga, W. and Pidgeon, N. F. (2008). Analysis of a normative framework for evaluating public engagement exercises: reliability, validity and limitationsPublic Understanding of Science, 17(4), 419-441. (10.1177/0963662506075351)

2007

Horlick-Jones, T. E., Walls, J., Rowe, G., Pidgeon, N. F., Poortinga, W., Murdock, G. and O’Riordan, T. (2007). The GM debate: risk, politics and public engagement. Genetics and Society. London: Routledge.

Horlick-Jones, T. E., Walls, J., Rowe, G., Pidgeon, N. F., Poortinga, W., Murdock, G. and O'Riordan, T. (2007). The GM debate: risk, politics and public engagement. Routledge.

Pidgeon, N. F., Poortinga, W. and Walls, J. (2007). Scepticism, reliance and risk managing institutions: towards a conceptual model of 'critical trust'. In: Siegrist, M., Earle, T. and Gutscher, H. eds. Trust in Cooperative Risk Management: Uncertainty and Scepticism in the Public Mind. London: Earthscan, pp. 117-142.

Poortinga, W. (2007). Associations of physical activity with smoking and alcohol consumption: A sport or occupation effect?Preventive Medicine, 45(1), 66-70. (10.1016/j.ypmed.2007.04.013)

Poortinga, W., Dunstan, F. D. J. and Fone, D. L. (2007). Perceptions of the neighbourhood environment and self rated health: a multilevel analysis of the Caerphilly Health and Social Needs StudyBMC Public Health, 7 (10.1186/1471-2458-7-285) pdf

Poortinga, W. and Pidgeon, N. F. (2007). Public perceptions of agricultural biotechnology in Britain: the case of GM food. In: Brossard, D., Shanahan, J. and Nesbitt, C. eds. The Public, the Media and Agricultural Biotechnology. Cambridge, MA: CABI Publishing, pp. 21-56.

Poortinga, W. (2007). The prevalence and clustering of four major lifestyle risk factors in an English adult populationPreventive Medicine, 44(2), 124-128. (10.1016/j.ypmed.2006.10.006)

2006

Horlick-Jones, T. E., Walls, J., Rowe, G., Pidgeon, N. F., Poortinga, W. and O'Riordan, T. (2006). On evaluating the GM Nation? Public debate about the commercialisation of transgenic crops in BritainNew Genetics and Society, 25(3), 265-288. (10.1080/14636770601032858)

Lorenzoni, I., Leiserowitz, A., Doria, M. D. F., Poortinga, W. and Pidgeon, N. F. (2006). Cross-national comparisons of image associations with "global warming" and "climate change" among laypeople in the United States of America and Great BritainJournal of Risk Research, 9(3), 265-281. (10.1080/13669870600613658)

Pidgeon, N. F. and Poortinga, W. (2006). British public attitudes to agricultural biotechnology and the 2003 GM nation? Public debate: distrust, ambivalence and risk. In: Glasner, P., Atkinson, P. and Greenslade, H. eds. New Genetics, New Social Formations. New York, NY: Routledge, pp. 10-36.

Poortinga, W. (2006). Do health behaviors mediate the association between social capital and health?Preventive Medicine, 43(6), 488-493. (10.1016/j.ypmed.2006.06.004)

Poortinga, W. and Pidgeon, N. F. (2006). Exploring the structure of attitudes toward genetically modified foodRisk Analysis, 26(6), 1707-1719. (10.1111/j.1539-6924.2006.00828.x)

Poortinga, W. (2006). Perceptions of the environment, physical activity, and obesitySocial Science and Medicine, 63(11), 2835-2846. (10.1016/j.socscimed.2006.07.018)

Poortinga, W. and Pidgeon, N. F. (2006). Prior attitudes, salient value similarity, and dimensionality: Toward an integrative model of trust in risk regulationJournal of Applied Social Psychology, 36(7), 1674-1700. (10.1111/j.0021-9029.2006.00076.x)

Poortinga, W., Pidgeon, N. F. and Lorenzoni, I. (2006). Public perceptions of nuclear power, climate change and energy options in Britain: Summary findings of a survey conducted during october and november 2005. Technical Report.

Poortinga, W. (2006). Social capital: An individual or collective resource for health?Social Science & Medicine, 62(2), 292-302. (10.1016/j.socscimed.2005.06.008)

Poortinga, W. (2006). Social relations or social capital? Individual and community health effects of bonding social capitalSocial Science & Medicine, 63(1), 255-270. (10.1016/j.socscimed.2005.11.039)

Rowe, G., Poortinga, W. and Pidgeon, N. F. (2006). A comparison of responses to Internet and postal surveys in a public engagement contextScience Communication, 27(3), 352-375. (10.1177/1075547005284668)

2005

Pidgeon, N. F., Poortinga, W., Rowe, G., Horlick-Jones, T. E., Walls, J. and O'Riordan, T. (2005). Using surveys in public participation processes for risk decision-making: the case of the 2003 British GM Nation? Public DebateRisk Analysis, 25(2), 467-479. (10.1111/j.1539-6924.2005.00603.x)

Poortinga, W. (2005). The use of multi-level modelling in risk research. A secondary analysis of a study of public perceptions of genetically modified foodJournal of Risk Research, 8(7-8), 583-597. (10.1080/1366987042000310677)

Poortinga, W. and Pidgeon, N. F. (2005). Trust in risk regulation: cause or consequence of the acceptability of GM food?Risk Analysis, 25(1), 199-209. (10.1111/j.0272-4332.2005.00579.x)

Poortinga, W. (2005). Vertrouwen en de perceptie van technologische risico's. In: Pieterman, R., Dekker, P. and Elffers, H. eds. Veiligheid, Vertrouwen en Good Governance. Den Haag: Elsevier,

2004

Poortinga, W., Bickerstaff, K., Langford, I., Niewöhner, J. and Pidgeon, N. F. (2004). The British 2001 Foot and Mouth crisis: a comparative study of public risk perceptions, trust and beliefs about government policy in two communitiesJournal of Risk Research, 7(1), 73-90. (10.1080/1366987042000151205)

Poortinga, W. and Pidgeon, N. F. (2004). Trust, the asymmetry principle, and the role of prior beliefsRisk Analysis, 24(6), 1475-1486. (10.1111/j.0272-4332.2004.00543.x)

Poortinga, W., Steg, L. and Vlek, C. (2004). Values, environmental concern and environmentally significant behaviour: a study into household energy useEnvironment & Behavior, 36(1), 70-93. (10.1177/0013916503251466)

2003

Poortinga, W. and Pidgeon, N. F. (2003). Exploring the dimensionality of trust in risk regulationRisk Analysis, 23(5), 961-972. (10.1111/1539-6924.00373)

Poortinga, W., Steg, L., Vlek, C. and Wiersma, G. (2003). Household preferences for energy-saving measures: A conjoint analysisJournal of Economic Psychology, 24(1), 49-64. (10.1016/S0167-4870(02)00154-X)

2002

Poortinga, W., Steg, L. and Vlek, C. (2002). Environmental risk concern and preferences for energy-saving measuresEnvironment & Behavior, 34(4), 455-478. (10.1177/00116502034004003)

Poortinga, W., Steg, L. and Vlek, C. (2002). Myths of nature and environmental management strategies: A field study on energy reductions in traffic and transport. Presented at: 16th International Association for People-Environment Studies, Paris, France, July 2000.

Poortinga, W. and Steg, L. (2002). Viable behavioural and technological energy-saving measuresMilieu: Tijdschrift voor Milieukunde, 17(3), 123-135.

Poortinga, W. and Dekker, P. (2002). Voedselveiligheid: een kwestie van vertrouwen? [Food safety: a matter of trust?]. In: Bronner, A. et al. eds. Recente Ontwikkelingen in het Marktonderzoek: Jaarboek 2002. Haarlem, Netherlands: De Vrieseborch, pp. 157-171.

2001

Hendrickx, L., Poortinga, W. and van der Kooij, R. (2001). Temporal factors in resource dilemmasActa Psychologica, 108(2), 137-154. (10.1016/S0001-6918(01)00032-4)

Research topics and related papers

I have a broad interest spanning the topics of Environmental Attitudes and Behaviour, Environmental Risk Perception, and Environmental Health. Current research topics studied include:

  • Housing and health
  • The role of social capital in community resilience and wellbeing
  • Public perceptions of climate change and energy futures
  • Perceptions of radiological risks (e.g. radon, nuclear power)
  • Sustainable lifestyles and practices

Funding

National Institute of Health Research. Public Health Research programme (2013-2016)
Health impacts of structural energy performance investments in Wales: An evaluation of the Arbed programme.
£739,601

Carmarthenshire County Council (2009-2016)
Carmarthenshire homes standard health impact scoping study.

National Institute of Heath Research. Public Health Research programme (2011-2016)
Health impact, and economic value, of meeting housing quality standards.
£ 525,361.

UK Energy Research Centre (2013)
Two Years On: How has the Fukushima accident changed attitudes to nuclear power in Britain and Japan.
£18,839

Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation and Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation (2013)
Grant to organise public seminar on Energy Policy, Media Representations, and Public Perceptions of Nuclear Power after the Fukushima Disaster.

Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (2012)
Invitation Fellowship for Research in Japan (Short Term): Public Perceptions of Climate Change and Energy Security, Preferences for Future Energy Technologies.

Welsh Government (2011)
Developing Narratives for a Sustainable Wales.
£90,000

Welsh Government (2011)
Evaluation of the Introduction of a Charge on Single-Use Carrier Bags in Wales: Attitude Change and Behavioural Spillover.
£27,683

Welsh Assembly Government: New Ideas Fund (2010-2011)
Community resilience and wellbeing in Wales: A multilevel analysis of the 2007 and 2009 Citizenship Survey
£9,981.

Research Councils UK (2010).
Public Attitudes to Low-Carbon Energy - Research Synthesis.

Welsh Assembly Government (2010-2011)
Welsh environmental attitudes and behaviour segmentation project.

Research Councils UK, Living With Environmental Change (2009)
Research Synthesis. A review of public attitudes to environmental change.
£29,600.

Economic and Social Research Council (2008-2010)
Public perceptions of climate change and energy futures in Britain.
£314,177

Department of Health (2007-2009)
Awareness and perceptions of the risks of exposure to radon in homes: a population based approach to examine the impacts of local radon policies, trust, and social capital.
£338,891

Leverhulme Trust (2007-2010)
Energy futures and risk: exploring public perceptions.
£1,008,000

Economic and Social Research Council (2005)
Public risk perceptions, climate change and the reframing of UK energy policy
£47,538.

Research group

Understanding Risk

Postgraduate research interests

If you are interested in applying for a PhD, or for further information regarding my postgraduate research, please contact me directly (contact details available on the 'Overview' page), or submit a formal application here.

Current students

Ms Christina Demski (Year 3)
Public perceptions of energy choices and climate change.

Mr Dan Venables (Staff Candidate)
Living with nuclear power: A mixed methods study of local community perceptions.

Ms Christine Suffolk (Year 1)
The impacts of housing-led regeneration on energy practices of low income households

Mr Dan Rossiter (Year 1)
Classroom environmental conditions and student performance

Education

2002-2004: PhD Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia, Norwich.

1995-1997: Energy and Environmental Studies, University of Groningen, the Netherlands (MSc level). Centre for Energy and Environmental Studies (IVEM).

1990‑1995: MSc Social Psychology, University of Groningen, the Netherlands. Department of Social and Organisational Psychology

Employment

2014-present: Professor, Welsh School of Architecture/ Department of Psychology, Cardiff University, Cardiff

2010-2014: Senior Lecturer, Welsh School of Architecture/ Department of Psychology, Cardiff University, Cardiff

2006-2010: RCUK Academic Fellow, Welsh School of Architecture/ Department of Psychology, Cardiff University, Cardiff

2001-2005: Senior Research Associate. Centre for Environmental Risk (CER). University of East Anglia, Norwich.

2000: Researcher. Social and Cultural Planning Office (SCP), the Netherlands.

1999-2000: Researcher. Centre for Environmental and Traffic Psychology (COV), University of Groningen, the Netherlands.