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Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences
+44 (0)844 928 5428 (*)

The James Hutton Institute
Aberdeen AB15 8QH
Scotland UK

Tony Craig is an environmental psychologist working in the Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences group within the theme of values choices and behaviour. His work focuses on the relationship between psychological factors and environmental behaviour.

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Tony has a background in environmental psychology, and has previously worked on a variety of research projects looking at people's attitudes to various issues, including sustainable wastewater management, prefabricated housing, sustainable housing, and public participation in urban design. Tony previously worked as a researcher in the school of architecture at the Robert Gordon University. Between 2002 and 2006, he was on the board of the International Association of People Environment Studies (IAPS). His PhD was concerned with the relationship between sustainable design, environmental preferences, and environmentally friendly behaviour. Previously, Tony was a co-investigator on the ESRC funded Understanding Future Environments project, which used 3D computer representations of urban environments to compare the relative benefits of giving people the ability to actively navigate virtual environments (using computer games software), compared to passively observing VR presentations. Other ongoing research is looking at the concept of environmental familiarity, and the effect of familiarity on environmental preferences.

Recent work has included a study designed to build up a typology of interactions-with-nature. This exploratory study carried out as part of the BeWEL. explored the relationships between socio-demographic variables, pro-environmental behavior and interactions with nature. In the last two years, he has also conducted a number of medium-large scale questionnaire-based studies looking at environmental values, attitudes and behaviors in relation to energy use and climate change. This has included studies of community-based environmental initiatives, involvement with the InCluESEV network on energy, equity and vulnerability, as well as considerable work as part of the FP7 GILDED project on individual household attitudes and behaviours. Tony is also collaborating with the Public Health Nutrition Research Group at the Rowett on a study looking at the relationship between climate-change related behaviours and diet.

Over the last two years Tony has led a large (ongoing) study of energy consumption involving 1200 households in partnership with the Aberdeenshire Council and Aberdeen City Council. This study (The 'North East Scotland Energy Monitoring Project') is looking at the how effective various forms of energy feedback (in-home display, in-home display + individual appliance monitoring, household goal-setting + in-home display, internet-based electricity and temperature feedback, etc…) are in facilitating energy-reduction in households. The study involves a combined analysis of survey data with electricity-consumption data, and the experimental design will allow us to test (statistically) the relative effectiveness of disaggregated feedback compared to aggregated (whole house) feedback.

Tony is currently supervising 4 PhD students: Sander van der Jagt, Jill Dunglinson, Carlos Galan Diaz, and Leanne Townsend


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