Kate’s PhD is jointly based at the Grantham Research Institute and in the Social Policy Department at the LSE. Her thesis will focus on applying behavioural science and subjective well-being economics to climate change mitigation strategies.
After graduating from University College Dublin with a first class hons degree, majoring in Economics, Kate came to the LSE to undertake an MSc in Social Policy. She began working as a research assistant with Professor Paul Dolan, Chair in Behavioural Science, in 2012 and began her PhD under his co-supervision alongside Dr Simon Dietz in 2013.
There are three main themes to Kate’s work. The first uses subjective well-being (SWB) data to value non-market environmental goods. The second looks at within individual spill-overs in behaviour, particularly in relation to pro-environmental behaviours. The third looks at communication networks and public opinion on social media in relation to environmental technology policies.