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The Nottingham Environmental Engagement Lab (NEEL) investigates the psychological dimensions of climate change, nature and environmental sustainability. The ultimate focus of our activities is on generating insights to promote pro-environmental action and wellbeing. Our research projects reflect multiple different conceptualisations of environmental engagement including:


Individual engagement – what people think, believe and feel about the environment, as well as personal motivations to act pro-environmentally. 


Intergroup and interpersonal engagement – trusting, collaborative relationships between individuals and groups leading to collective pro-environmental actions.


Engagement as outreach – building environmental literacy and promoting pro-environmental action through effective communication.

Our research has a firm focus on engaging with the broad socio-cultural diversity that frames climate change and environmental sustainability as global challenges.


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Charles Ogunbode

Principal Investigator

Dr Charles Ogunbode is an Assistant Professor in Applied Psychology at the University of Nottingham, UK. He completed a PhD at the University of St Andrews. His research investigates how personal experiences, information exposure and social norms shape the way people respond to environmental problems. He is also interested in the relationship between environmental engagement and mental wellbeing.

Project Students


Ella Elba-Porter

Ella is a third year Psychology student at the University of Nottingham. She is passionate about environmental issues and how they intertwine with everyday life, including the interaction with social issues. Her final year project is investigating how religiosity relates to climate change attitudes and climate change mitigation behaviour.

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Ife Obikoya

Ife is a third year psychology student at the University of Nottingham.  She is interested in understanding underlying motivations for pro-environmental actions. She also enjoys reading and doing yoga! In her final year project, she is investigating the interplay of structural and personal influences in the life paths of environment advocates with a UK ethnic minority or working-class background.


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