The lab members include...

Dr. Robert Gifford

Professor of Psychology and Environmental Studies 

Chief Editor of the Journal of Environmental Psychology from 2002 - 2016

Author of five editions of the textbook Environmental Psychology: Principles and Practice and about 150 refereed journal articles and book chapters

Failure at keeping deer from his roses

Some current and recent lab members

Current Members


Peter Sugrue, PhD Student



Severin Odland, Master's student 

Severin Odland graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with dual degrees in Psychology and Environmental Science and spent the past two summers working with wildlife conservation research projects, and has come to believe that understanding and altering human behaviors is ultimately the most important area of focus to bring about any meaningful environmental change.

Anna Theis, Master’s student

Anna Theis completed her Bachelor's degree in business psychology with concentrations in environmental and consumer psychology at the University of Applied Sciences Darmstadt, Germany. There, she worked in an interdisciplinary research project on system innovations for sustainable development and explored the role of individuals in socio-ecological transformations. At UVic, she wants to explore why people actively participate in actions towards a more sustainable future.

Sam Lloyd

Sam Lloyd, PhD Student

Sam Lloyd graduated from the University of Cambridge with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychological and Behavioural Science, and has just completed a Master’s degree in Political Psychology. Sam has spent the last year creating and testing an intervention designed to motivate pro-environmental behaviour by helping people to overcome their psychological barriers, and he hopes to continue his research into the development and implementation of such interventions over the course of his PhD.

Clair Hately

Clair Hately, Honours student and dog mum


Recent Visitors

Tal Svoray, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Visiting Professor 

Dr. Valdiney Gouveia, Federal University of Paraíba (Brazil), Visiting Professor 

Madison Milne-Ives, University of Oxford, Visiting Research Assistant 

Lisa Oswald, University of Kassal (Germany), Visiting Research Student 

Raymond Luong, University of Toronto 

Abigail Clifton, Research Assistant  

Somayeh Rafiei, PhD in Architecture (Environmental Psychology), Art University of Isfahan (Iran); M.A. in Architecture, Iran University of Science and Technology

Claire Daugeard, Université Paris Ouest Nantarre La Défense (France), July – Aug 2017

Helena Leidinger, (Germany), Dec 2016 – Jan 2017

Mahnaz (Mona) Farzad, M.A. in Urban Design, Tarbiat Modares University (Iran), May 2015 – Sept 2016 

Luca Bottini, PhD in Urban Studies, Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca (Italy), 2016 

Mashiro Taima, (Japan), Mar 2016

Hannes Hanath, Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg (Germany), Apr – Aug 2015 

Sara Mordini, Master in Applied Cognitive Psychology, Università di Bologna (Italy), Mar – Aug 2015 

Zahra Asgarizadeh, PhD of Urban Theories, Tarbiat Modares University (Iran), Apr – Aug 2014