Tim Kurz


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Research interests

I am a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Psychology whose research interests lie at the intersections of social, environmental and discursive psychology.

 A primary theoretical focus of my research has been developing an understanding of morality as a central process for bringing about the fundamental societal and institutional changes necessary to avert the potentially disastrous consequences of anthropogenic climate change.  My research targets this agenda across three levels of analysis.  Firstly, I explore moral processes at the institutional level by examining the psychological and behavioural implications of authorities implementing different forms of policies designed to change behavior. My past work has shown, for example, that different types of policies, and their framing, invoke different models of moral understanding and behavioural responses. Secondly, I investigate processes of morality at the societal level by analysing circulating (new) media and political discourses and the social network structures through which they diffuse. Finally, at the interpersonal level, I explore how the morally normative status (or lack thereof) of environmental issues manifests in people’s reactions to interpersonal confrontations of environmental disregard and also the ways in which identies are formed and negotiated with regards to moralised minority practices. I am interested in understanding the implications of both processes in relation to their potential to empower or inhibit societal change towards environmental sustainability.

Another area of research interest has investigated the social construction of gender. My work in this area focusses on the complexities of theorizing concepts such as ‘choice’, ‘agency’ and ‘empowerment’ in the context of a range of post-feminist public health dilemmas (e.g., infant-feeding, body image/cosmetic surgery and recreational activities associated with what has been termed ‘raunch culture’, such as recreational pole dancing). I have also explored the ways in which gendered identities are made relevant within the context of political leadership (and followership). 

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climate change Earth & Environmental Sciences
morality Earth & Environmental Sciences
guilt Social Sciences
construction Social Sciences
infant Social Sciences
mother Social Sciences
communication Earth & Environmental Sciences
anorexia Social Sciences

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Projects 2017 2018

Remaking zoöpolis: Human-street dog cohabitation and rabies prevention in India

Srinivasan, K., Kurz, T. R., Sinha, A. & Hinchliffe, S.


Project: UK charityIndividual grant

Research Output 2002 2017

2 Citations
Open Access
wind farm
policy approach
experimental design
Social Identification

On the relation between social dominance orientation and environmentalism: A 25-nation study

Milfont, T. , Bain, P. , Kashima, Y. , Corral-Verdugo, V. , Pasquali, C. , Johansson, L-O. , Guan, Y. , Veloso Gouveia, V. , Garðarsdóttir, R. , Doron, G. , Bilewicz, M. , Utsugi, A. , Aragones, J. I. , Steg, L. , Soland, M. , Park, J. , Otto, S. , Demarque, C. , Schultz, P. W. , Saiz, J. & 5 others Kurz, T., Gifford, R., Akotia, C. S., Saviolidis, N. M. & Einarsdóttir, G. 23 Aug 2017 In : Social Psychological and Personality Science.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
environmental protection organization
social association

The norms associated with climate change: understanding social norms through acts of interpersonal activism

Steentjes, K., Kurz, T., Barreto, M. & Morton, T. Mar 2017 In : Global Environmental Change. 43, p. 116-125

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

climate change
social construction

Towards an understanding of when non-climate frames can generate public support for climate change policy

Walker, B. J. A., Kurz, T. & Russel, D. 7 Jul 2017 In : Environment and Behavior. 26 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
environmental policy
climate change
car use
public health
boundary condition