I joined the ConFooBio group at the University of Stirling in August 2020. Prior to this I completed a PhD on behaviour change for demand reduction in the wildlife trade at the Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology, University of Kent. I have also worked as a social science consultant for various international NGOs, and my work in public engagement has earned multiple awards.
My research has focussed on applying psychological insights into human behaviour to help tackle some of conservation’s most pressing problems. I have studied the design and evaluation of behaviour change interventions, drawing upon work across multiple disciplines and methodologies. Currently I am exploring experimental video games as a research and behaviour change tool.
Boissat L, Thomas-Walters L & Veríssimo D (2021) Nature documentaries as catalysts for change: Mapping out the 'Blackfish Effect'. People and Nature, 3 (6), pp. 1179-1192. https://doi.org/10.1002/pan3.10221
Minderman J, Duthie AB, Jones IL, Thomas-Walters L, Bach A, Nuttall M & Bunnefeld N (2021) Models as games: a novel approach for ‘gamesourcing’ parameter data and communicating complex models. BioRxiv. https://www.biorxiv.org/content/10.1101/2021.09.23.461497v1
Nyboer EA, Jacob AL, Lane JF, Browne D, Smith PA, Bennett JR, Rytwinski T, Prior K, Nguyen VM, Harron N, Young N, Thomas‐Walters L, Taylor JJ, Aitken SM & Auld G (2021) An optimistic outlook on the use of evidence syntheses to inform environmental decision-making. Conservation Science and Practice, 3 (6), Art. No.: e426. https://doi.org/10.1111/csp2.426