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UCL-Energy seminar: THE MYTH OF APATHY: GOING BEYOND BEHAVIOUR CHANGE - Renee Lertzman, Royal Roads University

UCL Energy Institute

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


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***Due to overwhelming demand for this event please note the change of address, the event will now be held in Lecture Theatre 1 on the Basement level of the Cruciform Building***

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.

Do you have questions about UCL-Energy seminar: THE MYTH OF APATHY: GOING BEYOND BEHAVIOUR CHANGE - Renee Lertzman, Royal Roads University? Contact UCL Energy Institute

When & Where

Lecture Theatre 1, Basement Floor, Cruciform Building
University College London
Gower Street

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

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UCL Energy Institute

About the UCL Energy Institute:

Founded in June 2009, the UCL Energy Institute was established as UCL’s response to the global challenges of mitigating climate change and providing energy security in the 21st century. The Institute, which sits within the Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment at UCL, brings together different perspectives, understandings and procedures in energy research, transcending the boundaries between academic disciplines. It coordinates multidisciplinary teams from across the University, with the aim of accelerating the transition to a globally sustainable energy system through world-class energy research, education and policy support. Visit our website and follow us on Twitter @ucl_energy.

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