SASP 2024 post-conference on Environmental Psychology


Upscaling environmental psychology for social and policy change

SASP Post-conference on Environmental Psychology

in conjunction with the 2024 Annual SASP conference

afternoon Wed 27 November 2024 1-5pm, Canberra, Australia.

We live in a critical time for a range of environmental issues, including climate change, biodiversity loss, and air pollution. Many of these environmental issues are driven by human behaviour and therefore the focus within social psychology has often been upon encouraging individual-level attitudinal and behavioural pro-environmental change. Yet what is often missing from these conversations is also the need for societal and policy change to help us transition towards a fairer and more sustainable future. Thus, exploring how to facilitate social change, policy change, and systemic change is of critical importance for social and environmental psychology researchers working inside and outside of academia.

Given this, we will be organising a half day post-conference event on the afternoon of Wednesday November 2024 (1-5pm) to advance conversations in this area and to facilitate the sharing of research problems. Given the increasing rate of environmental focused presentations at SASP the last few years, we also seek to develop a small research group/collective focused on environmental psychology topics. We invite social psychology researchers (at any career stage) with an interest in applying their work to climate change/environmental issues to attend, and especially strongly encourage the attendance of PhD students and EMCRs working in this space.

More specific details regarding the schedule will be released soon. However, the afternoon will involve several 20 minute keynote presentations, a series of lightening talks (3-5 minutes in length) where people can share their work in progress and issues to resolve in this area, then an interactive workshop/discussion session to end the day.

Calls for lightening talks come soon. 

Please direct any questions on this post-conference to Samantha Stanley (), Anna Klas (), Zoe Leviston () and Iain Walker ().