Testimonial of SAGES sponsored study towards a Scottish Graduate Academy of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths Rachel Howell SAGES Sponsored PhD The University of Edinburgh January 2009 – September 2012 Dr David Reay, Prof Pate Higgins, Dr Simon Allen, The University of Edinburgh; Dr Charles Warren, University of St Andrews TESTIMONIAL My thesis on ‘Promoting Lower-Carbon Lifestyles’ was an interdisciplinary social science PhD combining insights from environmental and social psychology, sociology, and environmental education. It was great to be given free rein to investigate issues that I thought were important in response to my reading of the literature. The most useful aspect of being funded by SAGES was the generous research grant, which I needed in order to provide incentives for people to participate in my research so as not to obtain a biased sample. The grant also enabled me to attend several good conferences and seminars. Since completing my PhD I have held a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at Aberystwyth University, and am continuing similar research to that which I did for my PhD (on ‘Human Dimensions of Climate Change’). I hope later to gain a permanent post as a lecturer in environmental sustainability or similar. PUBLICATIONS R.A. Howell Using the transtheoretical model of behavioural change to understand the processes through which climate change films might encourage mitigation action. In press, International Journal of Sustainable Development. R.A. Howell (2013) It's not (just) "the environment, stupid!" Values, motivations, and routes to engagement of people adopting lower-carbon lifestyles. Global Environmental Change, 23(1): 281290. R.A. Howell (2012) Investigating the long-term impacts of climate change communications on individuals' attitudes and behavior. Environment and Behavior, doi: 10.1177/0013916512452428. R.A. Howell (2012) Living with a carbon allowance: the experiences of Carbon Rationing Action Groups and implications for policy. Energy Policy, 41: 250-258. R.A. Howell (2011) Lights, camera… action? Altered attitudes and behaviour in response to the climate change film The Age of Stupid. Global Environmental Change, 21(1):177-187. R.A. Howell (2009) The Experience of Carbon Rationing Action Groups: Implications for a Personal Carbon Allowances Policy. UKERC Final Report. Environmental Change Institute, Oxford. *The SAGES Graduate School is an international graduate school. Although SAGES prize studentships were awarded on a highly competitive, globally accessible basis, all PhD graduates currently working in SAGES areas who are registered with a Scottish University are able to become affiliate members of the Graduate School and can participate in SAGES activities. The same principle will be adopted for the Scottish Graduate Academy of Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths.