Photo of Wouter Poortinga

Wouter Poortinga

Cardiff University
United Kingdom
Email PoortingaW [at] cardiff [period/dot]

Wouter Poortinga is Professor of Environmental Psychology at the Welsh School of Architecture and the School of Psychology, Cardiff University; and co-director of the ESRC-funded Centre for Climate and Social Transformations (CAST). His research interests are in three areas: (1) environmental risk perception, (2) sustainable behaviour, lifestyles and behaviour change, and (3) housing, neighbourhood and health. Wouter’s research has focused on public opinion on future energy options and climate change; the role of environmental values and attitudes in household energy use; and the effectiveness and further attitudinal and behavioural impacts of environmental policy. Other work is on the health impacts and economic value of meeting housing quality standards, and the role of social capital and cohesion in community resilience and wellbeing.


Wouter Poortinga, Lorraine Whitmarsh, Linda Steg, Gisela Böhm, & Stephen Fisher. 2019. “Climate change perceptions and their individual-level determinants: A cross-European analysis,” Global Environmental Change (March 2019).

Christina Demski et al. 2018. “National context is a key determinant of energy security concerns across Europe,” Nature Energy (October 2018).

Gregory O. Thomas, Rose Fisher, Lorraine Whitmarsh, Taciano L. Milfont, & Wouter Poortinga. 2017. “The impact of parenthood and environmental concern: A longitudinal investigation of the legacy hypothesis,” Population & Environment (March 2018).

Nick Nash et al. 2017. “Climate-relevant behavioral spillover and the potential contribution of social practice theory,” Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change (July 2017).

Wouter Poortinga & Andrew Darnton. 2016. “Segmenting for sustainability: The development of a sustainability segmentation model from a Welsh sample,” Journal of Environmental Psychology (March 2016).