Tim Kurz


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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 identities 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
guilt Social Sciences
social media Social Sciences
social network Earth & Environmental Sciences
infant Social Sciences
climate Social Sciences
recreational activity Social Sciences
empowerment Social Sciences

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Projects 2017 2020

CAZ Project

Kurz, T. & Shah, P.

Bath & N E Somerset Council


Project: Central government, health and local authorities

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

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


Project: UK charity

Research Output 2002 2019

Public views of the Sustainable Development Goals across countries

Bain, P., Kroonenberg, P. M., Johansson, L-O., Milfont, T., Crimston, C., Kurz, T. R., Bushina, E., Calligaro, C., Demarque, C., Guan, Y. & Park, J., 24 Jul 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Nature Sustainability.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

2 Citations (Scopus)
18 Downloads (Pure)

Identity Mediators: Leadership and identity construction in campaign speeches of American presidential candidates’ spouses

Gleibs, I., Hendricks, K. & Kurz, T., 25 Jul 2018, In : Political Psychology. 39, 4, p. 939-956 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
13 Citations (Scopus)
24 Downloads (Pure)

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, JI., Steg, L., Soland, M., Park, J., Otto, S., Demarque, C., Wagner, C., Madsen, O. & 9 others, Lebedeva, N., González, R., Schultz, P. W., Saiz, J., Kurz, T., Gifford, R., Akotia, CS., Saviolidis, N. M. & Einarsdóttir, G., 1 Sep 2018, In : Social Psychological and Personality Science. 9, 7, p. 802-814 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Social Dominance
2 Citations (Scopus)
81 Downloads (Pure)

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

Walker, B. J. A., Kurz, T. & Russel, D., 1 Aug 2018, In : Environment and Behavior. 50, 7, p. 781-806 26 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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

Women's gray hair as an abomination of the body: Conceal and pass, or reveal and subvert

Cecil, V., Pendry, L. F., Salvatore, J. & Kurz, T. R., 7 Jun 2018, Feminist Interrogations of Women's Head Hair: Crown of Glory and Shame. Barak-Brandes, S. & Kama, A. (eds.). London, U. K.: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter