Sabine Pahl

Academic profile

Professor Sabine Pahl

Honorary Professor of Applied Social Psychology
School of Psychology (Faculty of Health)

The Global Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. Sabine's work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

Goal 03: SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-beingGoal 04: SDG 4 - Quality EducationGoal 06: SDG 6 - Clean Water and SanitationGoal 08: SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic GrowthGoal 13: SDG 13 - Climate ActionGoal 15: SDG 15 - Life on LandGoal 17: SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

About Sabine

Please note my contact details from 15th October 2020:
Professor Sabine Pahl
Urban and Environmental Psychology Group
Faculty of Psychology
University of Vienna
Waechtergasse 1
1010 Vienna
I will remain affiliated with the University of Plymouth to facilitate ongoing collaborations and projects, but will not regularly check the Plymouth e-mail account. Please contact me at sabine.pahl[at] instead. 

Supervised Research Degrees

  • Christine Boomsma (Director of Studies; F/T 2009 - 2012): Visual images as a motivational bridge to pro-environmental behaviour: A cognitive approach. Viva passed January 2013. 
  • Julie Goodhew (co-supervisor; P/T 2007-2013): Thermal images as prompts for energy-saving behaviour. Viva passed May 2013. 
  • Lauren Carroll (Director of Studies; F/T 2009 - 2013): The effect of choice set size and other choice architectures on decisions to volunteer. Viva passed September 2013. 
  • Kayleigh Wyles (Director of Studies; F/T Oct 2010 - 2014): Rocky shores - From habitat threat to marine awareness and restorative experiences. Viva passed February 2014. 
  • Becky Jenkin (European Centre for Environment and Human Health; co-supervisor; F/T 2011-2015): Blue Gym 4 kids. 
  • Debbie Cracknell (Director of Studies; P/T Oct 2010-2016): The restorative potential of public aquariums: Psychological and physiological effects of viewing sub-aquatic environments.
  • Hazel Gibson (SoGEES - CRES; co-supervisor; F/T 2012-2016). Underground Britain: Public perceptions of and attitudes to the subsurface.
  • Carolyn Arnold (Falmouth College; co-supervisor; F/T since Oct 2011): Storytelling as a paradigm for promoting pro-environmental behaviour. Viva passed September 2017.
Current PhD students: 
  • Leanne Martin (Director of Studies, F/T since October 2017). Using Natural Environments to Reduce Craving: Affective and Cognitive Mechanisms. ESRC funding.
  • Sohvi Nuojua (co-supervisor, F/T since October 2017). Marine Litter: Can behavioural sciences help reduce land-based waste entering the oceans?. Charity funding.
  • Francesca Tirotto (co-supervisor, F/T since October 2017). Psychological and social factors in new types of energy: The case of deep geothermal. ERDF funding.
  • Sophie Davison (University of Exeter, co-supervisor, F/T since January 2018). Public perceptions of the risks and benefits of marine ecosystems for human health and wellbeing: An environmental psychology approach.
External PhDs examined:
  • Nina Lockwood, University of Sussex, June 2010, "Motivations for mountain climbing: The role of risk." 
  • Laura Rennie, Sheffield University, January 2011, "The role of perspective in visualising health behaviours: Effects on motivation and behaviour." 
  • Alexander Van der Jagt, University of Aberdeen, November 2013, "Restorative environments: Why the saliency of natural and built scene content matters" 
  • Hyunji Kim, University of Cambridge, January 2014, "Construal level theory and economic decision making: Psychological distance as a de-biasing tool"
  • Aimie Hope, Sheffield University, April 2016, "Little green lies: Exploring compensatory beliefs within the environmental domain."
  • Tom Holmes, University of York, May 2017, "Social-Environmental Effects of Coastal Storms in the UK" 

Contact Sabine

B219, 22 Portland Square, Drake Circus, Plymouth, PL4 8AA
+44 1752 584847