Tim Kurz

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

    6009 Perth

    Australia

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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). 

Biography

I joined the School of Psychological Science at UWA in March 2020 after 10 years working in the United Kingdom at the Universities of Exeter (2010-2015) and Bath (2016-2020).  Prior to this I had held a lectureship at Murdoch University, (2006-2009), which I took up after completing UK-based postdoctoral research posts at Queen's University Belfast (2004-05) and Newcastle University (2005-06).

 

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