Elspeth Spence

Research group:
Social & Environmental Psychology
Email:
SpenceE@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
029 208 70837
Location:
51A, Park Place

Research summary

My main area of research is public perceptions of climate change risks, more specifically ocean acidification. This emerging risk issue is novel to the general public however it has potentially serious implications for marine ecosystems, coastal populations and food webs. Ocean acidification is a separate risk issue from climate change though is also caused by CO2 emissions, understanding public perceptions of ocean acidification is important to develop effective public communications and raise awareness of this risk.

Teaching summary

I am a tutor for first year undergraduates and am responsible for running tutorials aimed at developing report writing and statistical skills as well as marking assignments.

Selected publications (2014 onwards)

 

Full list of publications

 

Research topics and related papers

My main area of research is public perceptions of climate change risks, more specifically ocean acidification. This emerging risk issue is novel to the general public however it has potentially serious implications for marine ecosystems, coastal populations and food webs. Ocean acidification is a separate risk issue from climate change though is also caused by CO2 emissions, understanding public perceptions of ocean acidification is important to develop effective public communications and raise awareness of this risk.

Funding

President’s Scholarship

Research group

Social and Environmental Psychology
Understanding Risk

Research collaborators

Prof. Nick Pidgeon (School of Psychology)

Prof. Paul Pearson (School of Earth and Ocean Sciences)

Undergraduate education

2006 – 2010: MA Psychology (Hons), University of Aberdeen

Postgraduate education

2011 – 2012: MRes in Psychology, University of Aberdeen. Thesis entitled ‘Trust in information used to encourage pro-environmental intentions from the public’.