Dr Katharine Steentjes
My general research interest concerns the understanding of moral and normative associations with environmental issues such as climate change. More precisely, my PhD research examined how people negotiate and maintain social norms through interpersonal interactions (e.g. confrontation). Leading on from this, I am interested in how social norms and moral associations affect perceptions of climate change and support for related policies on a national level
I am currently not involved with teaching but at I have previously taught students during Social/Environmental Practicals, Statistic courses, various Psychology undergraduate tutorials and a summer programme (Grand Challenges) at the University of Exeter.
Selected publications (2014 onwards)
Full list of publications
Research topics and related papers
Public Perceptions of Climate Change
In my current position in the Understanding Risk Group, I am involved with different research projects assessing public perceptions of climate change and public acceptance of a shift towards sustainable material use. My main focus at the moment is a project that will provide a cross national comparison of public perceptions of climate change and related policies across four northern European countries (United Kingdom, France, Germany, and Norway).
Interpersonal Confrontation/ Social Norms
My PhD research examined the social interactional processes involved in maintaining or changing social norms associated with environmental issues such as climate change. In particular, my PhD research has examined the social costs and behavioural consequences of acts of interpersonal confrontation of environmental disregard. My results consistently identified high social costs associated with confronting environmental disregard. However, witnessing such an interaction was found to have the potential to encourage pro-environmental action tendencies if a scientific justification for the confrontation was provided.
Psychological Effects of Climate Change Frames
I am involved in a research project, led by Dr. Tim Kurz and Dr. Saffron O’Neill, examining the psychological consequences of media frames that were used to present the most recently published IPCC reports. This project examines how the different media frames affect people’s concern about climate change, trust in relevant authorities and the shareability of the presented information.
ESRC Economic and Social Research Council
Understanding Risk Group
Social & Environmental Psychology
Sustainable Places Research Institute
Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research
Prof. Nick Pidgeon and members of the Understanding Risk Group at Cardiff University
Dr. Tim Kurz, Social Psychology, University of Exeter
Prof. Manuela Barreto, Social Psychology, University of Exeter
Dr. Thomas Morton Social Psychology, University of Exeter
Dr. Saffron O’Neill, Geography, University of Exeter
Dr. Niklas Steffens, University of Queensland
BA Psychology, University of Twente, NL
MSc Social Psychology, Free University of Amsterdam, NL
PhD Psychology, University of Exeter, UK
2010 – 2014 Exeter Graduate Fellowship
2010 William James Scholarship (EU students)
2009 Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam Fellowship programme
March 2015 – present: Research Associate, School of Psychology, Cardiff University.
October 2014 – March 2015: Associate Research Fellow, University of Exeter
October 2014 – March 2015: Graduate Teaching Associate, Psychology, University of Exeter