Tim Kurz


  • The University of Western Australia (M304), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


  • 870 Citations
  • 15 h-Index

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Research interests


I am a Senior Lecturer in the School of Psychological Science whose research interests lie at the intersections of social, environmental and discursive psychology.

 A primary theoretical focus of my research has been developing an understanding of morality as a central process for bringing about the fundamental societal and institutional changes necessary to avert the potentially disastrous consequences of anthropogenic climate change.  My research targets this agenda across three levels of analysis.  Firstly, I explore moral processes at the institutional level by examining the psychological and behavioural implications of authorities implementing different forms of policies designed to change behavior. My past work has shown, for example, that different types of policies, and their framing, invoke different models of moral understanding and behavioural responses. Secondly, I investigate processes of morality at the societal level by analysing circulating (new) media and political discourses and the social network structures through which they diffuse. Finally, at the interpersonal level, I explore how the morally normative status (or lack thereof) of environmental issues manifests in people’s reactions to interpersonal confrontations of environmental disregard and also the ways in which identities are formed and negotiated with regards to moralised minority practices. I am interested in understanding the implications of both processes in relation to their potential to empower or inhibit societal change towards environmental sustainability.

Another area of research interest has investigated the social construction of gender. My work in this area focusses on the complexities of theorizing concepts such as ‘choice’, ‘agency’ and ‘empowerment’ in the context of a range of post-feminist public health dilemmas (e.g., infant-feeding, body image/cosmetic surgery and recreational activities associated with what has been termed ‘raunch culture’, such as recreational pole dancing). I have also explored the ways in which gendered identities are made relevant within the context of political leadership (and followership). 

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Research Output

  • 870 Citations
  • 15 h-Index
  • 31 Article
  • 3 Chapter
  • 1 Review article

Could Vegans and Lycra Cyclists be Bad for the Planet? Theorizing the Role of Moralized Minority Practice Identities in Processes of Societal-Level Change

Kurz, T., Prosser, A. M. B., Rabinovich, A. & O'Neill, S., 1 Mar 2020, In : Journal of Social Issues. 76, 1, p. 86-100 15 p.

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Open Access
  • 6 Citations (Scopus)

    Towards a Psychology of the Food-Energy-Water Nexus: Costs and Opportunities

    Dreyer, S. J., Kurz, T., Prosser, A. M. B., Abrash Walton, A., Dennings, K., McNeill, I., Saber, D. A. & Swim, J. K., 1 Mar 2020, In : Journal of Social Issues. 76, 1, p. 136-149 14 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 4 Citations (Scopus)

    Public views of the Sustainable Development Goals across countries

    Bain, P. G., Kroonenberg, P. M., Johansson, L. O., Milfont, T. L., Crimston, C. R., Kurz, T., Bushina, E., Calligaro, C., Demarque, C., Guan, Y. & Park, J., 1 Sep 2019, In : Nature Sustainability. 2, 9, p. 819-825 7 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 3 Citations (Scopus)

    Reorienting rabies research and practice: Lessons from India

    Srinivasan, K., Kurz, T., Kuttuva, P. & Pearson, C., 1 Dec 2019, In : Palgrave Communications. 5, 1, 152.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    Identity Mediators: Leadership and Identity Construction in Campaign Speeches of American Presidential Candidates' Spouses

    Gleibs, I. H., Hendricks, K. & Kurz, T., Aug 2018, In : Political Psychology. 39, 4, p. 939-956 18 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 2 Citations (Scopus)