Psychology for a Better World - Video highlights

Psychology for a Better World is for people who believe it is worth trying to make a world in which both our species and the ecological systems of which we are part can flourish. The book is based on the latest research in psychology and is jam packed with action strategies. The book - and video -  offers new ways to think about how people interact in social settings, why we are tempted to stick with what we know, and how the same characteristics that currently keep us hooked into unsustainable practices can be used to move us forward.

The final chapter is a guide to help you analyse what you are doing to contribute towards a better world, and how you can be more effective while simultaneously increasing your personal wellbeing.

Watch a 15 minute film (with animations) of the main ideas in the book.

Harre, N. (2012). Psychology for a Better World: Strategies to Inspire Sustainability. Department of Psychology, University of Auckland. Retrieved from

Mellalieu, P. J. (2011). An orchestrated conspiracy of ignorance? The rise and fall of education for sustainability in New Zealand’s tertiary education strategies [under review]. Auckland, NZ: Unitec Institute of Technology. Retrieved from

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