Psychology’s role in environmental issues

Several key articles by eminent psychologists have been published in recent years stressing psychology’s essential role in addressing climate change and environmental threats.

American Psychological Association Task Force on the Interface Between Psychology and Global Climate Change. (2009). Psychology and global climate change: Addressing a multi-faceted phenomenon and set of challenges.

Clayton, S., Devine-Wright, P., Stern, P.C., Whitmarsh, L., Carrico, A., Steg, L., Swim, J., Bonnes, M. (2015). Psychological research and global climate change. Nature Climate Change, 5, 640-646.

Gardner, G. T., & Stern, P. C. (2002). Environmental problems and human behavior (2nd ed.). Boston, MA: Pearson Custom.

Gifford, R.  (2014), Environmental psychology, 5th Ed.  Optimal Environments.

Gifford, R. (2008). Psychology’s essential role in alleviating the impacts of climate change. Canadian Psychology, 49, 273–280. Abstract available at:

Kazdin, A. E. (2009). Psychological Science’s Contributions to a Sustainable Environment. American Psychologist, 64, 5, 339-356. Abstract available at:

Oskamp, S. (2000). A sustainable future for humanity? How can psychology help? American Psychologist, 55, 496–508.

Schmuck, P., & Schultz, W. P. (Eds.). (2002). Psychology of sustainable development. Norwell, MA: Kluwer.

Schmuck, P., & Vlek, C. (2003). Psychologists can do much to support sustainable development. European Psychologist, 8, 66–76.Stern, P.C. (2011). Contributions of psychology to limiting climate change. American Psychologist, 66, 4, 303-314. Article available at:

Steg, L., den Berg, A.E., de Groot, J.I.M. 2012. Environmental Psychology: An Introduction. Wiley-Blackwell

Stern, P. C. (2000a). Psychology and the science of human–environment interaction. American Psychologist, 55, 523–530.

Stern, P. C. (2000b). Toward a coherent theory of environmentally significant behavior. Journal of Social Issues, 56, 407–424.

Stern, P. C. (1992). Psychological dimensions of global environmental change. Annual Review of Psychology, 43, 269–302.

Stokols, D., Misra, S., Runnerstrom, M. G., & Hipp, A. (2009). Psychology in an age of ecological crisis. American Psychologist, 64, 181–193.

Stokols, D. Environmental Psychology - PPD151 / PSYBEH171S / PUBHLTH151.  Series of free itunes podcasts about environmental psychology.  

Swim, J.K., Stern, P. C., Doherty, T.J., Clayton, S., Reser, J.P., Weber, E.U., Gifford, R., Howard, G.S. (2011). Psychology's contributions to understanding and addressing global climate change. American Psychologist, 66, 4, 241-250. Abstract available at:

Swim, J.K., Clayton, S., Howard, G.S. (2011). Human behavioral contributions to climate change: Psychological and contextual drivers. American Psychologist, 66, 4, 251-264. Abstract available at:

Spence, A., Pidgeon, N., & Uzzell, D. (2009). Climate change: psychology’s contribution. The Psychologist, 22, 108-111.

Stern, P. C. (2000). Psychology and the science of human-environment interactions. American Psychologist, 55, 523-530.

Uzzell, D.L. (2000) The psycho-spatial dimension to global environmental problems. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 20, 307-318.

Vlek, C. (2000). Essential psychology for environmental policy making. International Journal of Psychology, 35, 153-167.