Dr Dimitrios Xenias - BSc Crete, MA Durham, PhD Hull

Research Associate

Research group:
Social & environmental psychology
Email:
XeniasD@cardiff.ac.uk, d.xenias@gmail.com, @d_xenias
Telephone:
029 208 70714
Location:
Tower Building, Park Place

Research summary

My research focuses on the social psychology of sustainable behaviours and associated technologies. More specifically, I study energy use and attitudes to energy systems transitions and new technologies (e.g. Carbon Capture and Storage, renewable energy, electric vehicles), travel behaviour and climate risks communication. I study these topics using quantitative (e.g. surveys, experiments) and qualitative (e.g. interviews, focus groups) methods.

I am a Research Affiliate of the Sustainable Places Research Institute at Cardiff University, the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, and an external reviewer for the European Commission.

Previous work includes an ESRC project on intergroup anxiety employing various methods including psychophysiology, self report measures, surveys and interviews. My PhD research was on social psychology; specifically the study of facial expression, emotion and social context.

Teaching summary

Year 1: Personal/Academic tutor for first year students, essay and report marking for level 4/5 modules.
Year 2: Personal/Academic tutor for second year students, marking level 5 module coursework.
Year 3: Final year project supervision.

Selected publications (2014 onwards)

 

Full list of publications

 

Research topics and related papers

Current
Summary: Sustainability and travel behaviour. Perceptions of climate risks, and climate change scepticism. Energy related behaviours and energy systems. Behaviour change.

2015-2017: I am involved in CONTAIN, an ESPRC research project on Carbon Capture and Storage.

2013-2016: I was Co-Investigator in eBRIDGE, an IEE - EU research project on sustainable transport.

2013-2016: I am involved in eBRIDGE, an IEE - EU research project on sustainable transport, with Lorraine Whitmarsh.

2013: I was a co-Investigator in a Welsh Crucible project on public perceptions of water use.

2013: I led a project on influencing drivers’ behaviour to promote eco-driving habits.

2011-2013: I was a co-Investigator in a UKERC project on Scenarios for the development of smart grids in the UK.

2009-2011: I was involved in REACT, an FP7 - EU research project on sustainable transport, with Lorraine Whitmarsh.

Past topics
As a postdoctoral researcher, I worked on an ESRC project on Prejudice and Intergroup anxiety, employing various methods including psychophysiology, self report measures, surveys and interviews, with Katy Greenland and Greg Maio.

PhD research: emotion and social psychology; specifically the study of facial expression, emotion and social context with Arvid Kappas. Facial expression is perceived as the most powerful way of communicating one's emotions to others. During my PhD I studied emotional and contextual influences on facial expression.

Funding

2015-2017: CONTAIN, an ESPRC research project on Carbon Capture and Storage.

2013-2016: eBRIDGE empowering e-fleets for business and private purposes in cities.

2013: Shell Promoting eco-driving behaviours. With L. Whitmarsh, S. Skippon.

2012-2013: Welsh Crucible project “All for Water”. A. Mitra, A. Babatunde, J. Kettle, D. Xenias.

2011-2013: UKERC Scenarios for the development of smart grids in the UK. N. Ozkan, G. Taylor, L. Whitmarsh, L. Cipcigan, T. Rodden, A. Spence, P. Connor, C. Mitchell, D. Xenias, S. Bell.

2011-2012: ESRC Centre for Business Relationships Accountability Sustainability and Society (BRASS).

2010: Cardiff University Interdisciplinary activities award for Low-carbon Transport collaboration.

2009-2011: REACT– FP7 project on sustainable transport, with Lorraine Whitmarsh.

2005–2009: ESRC project on Prejudice and Intergroup anxiety, with Katy Greenland and Greg Maio.

2001–2005: Hull University PhD bursary on emotion and facial expression with Arvid Kappas.

Resea group

Understanding Risk Group
Social & Environmental Psychology Group

Research collaborators

Adam Corner (Psychology, Cardiff University)
Katy Greenland (Social Sciences, Cardiff University)
Arvid Kappas (Psychology, Jacobs University)
Paul Nieuwenhuis (Business School, Cardiff University)
Anja Peters (Fraunhofer ISI, Germany)
Wolfgang Schade (Fraunhofer ISI, Germany)
Steve Skippon (Principal Scientist, Shell)
Ian Walker (Psychology, University of Bath)
Peter Wells (Business School, Cardiff University)
Lorraine Whitmarsh (Psychology, Cardiff University)

Postgraduate education

Durham University, MA (Distinction)
University of Hull, PhD

Employment

2009 – present: Research Associate, School of Psychology, Cardiff University
2005 – 2009: Research Associate, Schools of Social Sciences and Psychology, Cardiff University
2004 – 2005: Teaching Fellow, Department of Psychology, University of Hull
2001 – 2004: Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Psychology, University of Hull

Professional Membership

BPS - British Psychological Society
ISRE - International Society for the Study of Emotion
EASP - European Association of Social Psychology
Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research
Climate Change Commission for Wales

Reviewer For

European Commission (Research Executive Agency)
Environment and Planning A
Environment and Planning C
Journal of Urban Affairs
Journal of Environmental Planning and Management
Natural Resources Forum
Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice