Wednesday, 17 October 2012

UCL-Energy seminar: THE MYTH OF APATHY: GOING BEYOND BEHAVIOUR CHANGE - Renee Lertzman, November 20, 2012

UCL Energy Institute

Tuesday, 20 November 2012 from 17:30 to 19:30 (GMT)

London, United Kingdom


Behavior change is fast becoming the holy grail across all environmental sectors. In our quest, we tend to be preoccupied with how we’d know it when we see it (measurements, metrics, observable outputs, profits, sales). However, in the rush to uncover the most effective technology, tool, widget or methodology to help “unlock” this elusive magic box, we seem to be overlooking something quite fundamental. That is, how energy use, climate change and environmental threats are experienced, made sense of, not only cognitively but emotionally and affectively. This seminar presents a new approach, in how Psychosocial Studies can play a significant role in creating innovative and more effective research and practices in meeting our urgent challenges ahead.

About the speaker:
Renee Lertzman teaches Psychology of Environmental Education and Communication in the MA programme at Royal Roads University, British Columbia, and is a psychosocial researcher. She has a PhD in psychosocial studies from Cardiff University, and actively speaks and teaches internationally. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, Nature Climate Change, The Ecologist, Orion Magazine, and numerous publications. Dr. Lertzman actively consults with, and is an invited speaker, to governmental and non-governmental agencies, including the Oregon Global Warming Commission, the BC Ministry of Environment, the EPEAT registry, and environmental organisations.

We expect this event to be extremely popular, and places will be on a first come first served basis. If you are no longer able to attend please email
The presentation will promptly start at 5.30pm and will be followed by drinks and nibbles and the opportunity to network.

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