The University of Bath invites applications for a full-time University studentship to support and work in our Department of Psychology, alongside the social and cultural psychology research team.



When people are asked how worried they are about issues such as climate change or biodiversity, many express concerns and say these are serious issues. However, there is a large gap between such attitudes and pro-environmental behaviour.


About the project

The present project seeks to investigate deeper layers of this problem, apply these insights to energy saving behaviour among students of the University of Bath, and test new approaches to behaviour change.

The research group tends to consider a broad range of theoretical approaches. The project is likely to involve both quantitative and qualitative methods, and aims to result in practical recommendations or tools for behaviour change.

The successful student will conduct their research under the supervision of Professor Bas Verplanken and Dr Ian Walker.

The project is supported by the Department of Estates, University of Bath.


Funding criteria

The successful candidate should:

  1. Fulfil the entrance requirements for a Department of Psychology PhD
  2. Have a background in social and/or environmental psychology and a strong understanding of associated research methods (including statistical methodologies).


The Award

If successful, you will be supported for three years, and each year will provide a £13,863 (2014/15 rate) stipend, Home/EU tuition fees and an annual Training Support Grant of £1,000.

Terms and conditions and details of other Awards can be found on the Graduate School pages.


How to apply

Applicants should apply online to study for a full-time PhD, starting 29 September 2014. It is important to quote the project title (see above) on your application.

Please note that the application form will refer to a formal proposal. As this studentship is to work on a specific project, we would like applicants to outline your initial thoughts on the area of research and this project, rather than submitting a formal proposal (approximately 500 words).

The application will also ask you to complete a funding request form. Use this to explain your experience and reasons for applying for this studentship as well as your motivation for wanting to undertake this research.


The closing date for the receipt of applications is 12:00 noon (GMT), Monday 2 June, 2014.

Informal Enquiries

Should be addressed to either:

Prof Bas Verplanken email:
Dr Ian Walker email:


(from the University of Bath website)