Tim Kurz

Tim Kurz University of Western Australia

Tim Kurz is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Psychological Science at the University of Western Australia. He joined UWA in 2020 after 10 years working in the United Kingdom at the Universities of Exeter (2010-2015) and Bath (2016-2020).  Prior to this he had held a lectureship at Murdoch University, (2006-2009), which he took up after completing UK-based postdoctoral research posts at Queen’s University Belfast (2004-05) and Newcastle University (2005-06). A social and environmental psychologist by training, Tim’s research has a primary focus on developing an understanding of morality as a central process for bringing about the fundamental behavioural, societal and institutional changes necessary to tackle environmental challenges such as anthropogenic climate change. He has explored such processes across a range of domains, including waste management, home energy/water use, transport, biodiversity preservation and climate policy. His recent work in the waste management domain highlights the potential for the presence of waste recycling schemes to actually increase the amount of waste that people generate through coming to see waste disposal via such schemes as more morally laudable than not creating the waste in the first place.