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Planetary Health

Research theme

This research theme focuses on the psychological and behavioural underpinnings of planetary and environmental health. Our research aims to develop theoretical and practical solutions to implement and promote more sustainable practices for us to live within planetary boundaries.

Planetary health requires us to interrogate our current way of living and being, at economic, social and political levels, for humanity to flourish within planetary boundaries. This perspective has various implications in terms of behavioural and societal change. For instance, researchers are studying topics ranging from how to change the way we eat, consume, and relate to animals (including plant-based food choices, food production and consumption), to the way we consider growth in contemporary societies through activism and utopianism.

Expertise and resources

Below you can find experts, research and media focussed on current and future challenges around planetary health.

Experts

 

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Dr Fred Basso

Assistant Professor

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Dr Matteo M. Galizzi

Associate Professor

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Dr Dario Krpan

Assistant Professor

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Dr Kate Laffan

Assistant Professor

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Dr Ganga Shreedhar

Assistant Professor


 

Selected publications

Sabherwal, A., & Shreedhar, G. (2022). Stories of intentional action mobilise climate policy support and action intentions. Scientific Reports, 12(1), 1-8.

Banerjee, Sanchayan, Galizzi, Matteo M., John, Peter and Mourato, Susana (2022) What works best in promoting climate citizenship? A randomised, systematic evaluation of nudge, think, boost and nudge+Geography and Environment Discussion Paper Series (32). Department of Geography and Environment, LSE, London, UK.

Basso, F., & Krpan, D. (2022). Measuring the transformative utopian impulse for planetary health in the age of the Anthropocene: a multi-study scale development and validation. The Lancet Planetary Health, 6(3), e230-e242.

Krpan, D., & Basso, F. (2021). Keep Degrowth or go Rebirth? Regulatory focus theory and the support for a sustainable downscaling of production and consumption. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 74, 101586.

Shreedhar, G., & Galizzi, M. M. (2021). Personal or planetary health? Direct, spillover and carryover effects of non-monetary benefits of vegetarian behaviour. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 78, 101710.

Krpan, D., & Houtsma, N. (2020). To veg or not to veg? The impact of framing on vegetarian food choice. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 67, 101391.

Shreedhar, G., & Mourato, S. (2019). Experimental evidence on the impact of biodiversity conservation videos on charitable donations. Ecological Economics, 158, 180-193.

Wang, F., & Basso, F. (2019). “Animals are friends, not food”: Anthropomorphism leads to less favorable attitudes toward meat consumption by inducing feelings of anticipatory guilt. Appetite, 138, 153-173.

Bacon, L., & Krpan, D. (2018). (Not) Eating for the environment: The impact of restaurant menu design on vegetarian food choice. Appetite, 125, 190-200.

Media

LSE event podcast recordings

Leveraging Moments of Change for Pro-Environmental Behavioural Transformation with Professor Lorraine Whitmarsh, 9 February 2022. Environmental psychologist Lorraine Whitmarsh shared the initial findings of her project on ‘moments of change’, including how this relates to net zero societal change and the COVID-19 pandemic. Listen to the podcast recording on LSE Player here.

News

'Thinking before nudging promotes climate citizenship: Evidence from an experiment in the UK', 13 April 2022. Royal Economic Society.

'Is Remote Work Actually Better for the Environment?' by Ganga Shreedhar, Kate Laffan, and Laura M. Giurge, 7 March 2022. Harvard Business Review.