Professor Kelly Fielding


School of Communication and Arts
Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

Affiliate Professor

School of Psychology
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences
+61 7 336 51125


Kelly Fielding's research focuses broadly on understanding the social and psychological determinants of environmental sustainability. She seeks to understand environmental decisions and behaviours and to develop communication and behaviour change strategies that can promote greater environmental sustainability. A key focus of her current reseach is on sustainable urban water management, specifically, how we can engage communities with this issue, how we can communicate about new water technologies such as recycled waater, how we can promote water conservation, and how we can understand and communicate about drinking water supplies. Her research is also focused on understanding climate change beliefs as well as identifying ways to address climate change skepticism and inaction. In the past she has conducted research in the areas of sustainable natural resource management, domestic and public place recycling, and environmental activism. She takes an interdisciplinary approach to her research and has worked with local council, State Government, and catchment management authorities to undertake this research.

Research interests:

  • Environmental sustainability
  • Sustainable urban water management
  • Climate change beliefs and action
  • Social identity and norms

Research Interests

  • Social and psychological determinants of environmentally sustainable behaviour
  • Psychology of urban water management
  • Community responses to alternative water sources
  • Climate change communication
  • Promoting environmental sustainability in organisations
  • Environmental sustainability
  • Climate change
  • Social identity
  • Group processes and intergroup relations
  • Environmental behaviour change


  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor (Honours) of Arts, The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Arts, The University of Queensland


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  • Gulliver, Robyn E, Fielding, Kelly S. and Louis, Winnifred R. (2021). Civil resistance against climate change. Washington, DC, United States: International Centre on Nonviolent Conflict Press.

  • Gulliver, Robyn, Wibisono, Susilo, Fielding, Kelly S. and Louis, Winnifred R. (2021). The psychology of effective activism. Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press. doi: 10.1017/9781108975476

  • Fielding, Kelly S., Thompson, Alice, Louis, Winnifred R. and Warren, Clive (2010). Environmental sustainability: understanding the attitudes and behaviour of Australian households. AHURI Final Report No. 152 Melbourne, VIC, Australia: Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute.

Book Chapter

  • McLeod, Emily M., Fielding, Kelly S. and Dean, Angela J. (2024). Understanding and improving the visitor experience: how can we increase the positive social impact of animal–visitor interactions?. Human-animal interactions in zoos: integrating science and practice. (pp. 192-204) edited by Eduardo J. Fernandez and Sally L. Sherwen. Wallingford, United Kingdom: CABI. doi: 10.1079/9781800622715.0014

  • Bingley, William J., Greenaway, Katharine H. and Fielding, Kelly S. (2020). Greening the physical environment of organizational behaviour. Organizational behaviour and the physical environment. (pp. 167-184) edited by Oluremi B. Ayoko and Neal M. Ashkanasy. Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9781315167237-9

  • Fielding, Kelly S. and Louis, Winnifred R. (2020). The role of social norms in communicating about climate change. Research handbook on communicating climate change. (pp. 106-115) edited by David C. Holmes and Lucy M. Richardson. Cheltenham, Glos, United Kingdom: Edward Elgar Publishing. doi: 10.4337/9781789900408.00019

  • Dean, Angela J., Fielding, Kelly S., Newton, Fiona and Ross, Helen (2019). Community knowledge about water and engagement in waterway protection in South East Queensland. Moreton Bay Quandamooka and catchment: past, present and future. (pp. 61-72) edited by Ian R. Tibbetts, Peter C. Rothlisberg, David T. Neil, Tamara A. Homburg, David T. Brewer and Angela H. Arthington. Brisbane, QLD, Australia: Moreton Bay Foundation.

  • Jans, Lise and Fielding, Kelly (2018). The role of group processes in environmental issues, attitudes, and behaviours. Environmental Psychology: An Introduction. (pp. 228-237) Hoboken, NJ United States: John Wiley & Sons. doi: 10.1002/9781119241072.ch23

  • Spinks, Anneliese, Fielding, Kelly, Mankad, Aditi, Leonard, Rosemary, Leviston, Zoe and Gardner, John (2017). Dipping in the well: How behaviours and attitudes influence urban water security. Social science and sustainability. (pp. 145-159) edited by Heinz Schandl and Iain Walker. Melbourne, Australia: CSIRO Publishing.

  • Dean, Angela J. and Fielding, Kelly S. (2017). Public perceptions of recycled water. Innovative wastewater treatment and resource recovery technologies: impacts on energy, economy and environment . (pp. 468-487) edited by Juan M. Lema and Sonia Suarez. London, United Kingdom: IWA Publishing. doi: 10.2166/9781780407876_0468

  • Bissing-Olson, Megan J., Fielding, Kelly S. and Iyer, Aarti (2015). Diary Methods and workplace pro-environmental behaviors. The Psychology of Green Organizations. (pp. 95-116) edited by Jennifer L. Robertson and Julian Barling. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

  • Mankad, Aditi, Fielding, Kelly and Tapsuwan, Sorada (2015). Public perceptions, motivational drivers, and maintenance behaviour for urban rainwater tanks. Rainwater tank systems for urban water supply: Design, yield, energy, health risks, economics and social perceptions. (pp. 1-50) edited by Ashok K. Sharma, Donald Begbie and Ted Gardner. London, United Kingdom: International Water Association Publishing.

  • Fielding, Kelly S., Louis, Winnifred R., Warren, Clive and Thompson, Alice (2011). Understanding household attitudes and behaviours towards waste, water and energy conservation. Urban Consumption. (pp. 199-214) edited by Peter W. Newton. Collingwood, VIC, Australia: CSIRO Publishing.

  • Hogg, M. A., Fielding, K. and Darley, J. (2005). Fringe dwellers: Processes of deviance and marginalization in groups. The Social Psychology of Inclusion and Exclusion. (pp. 191-210) edited by Dominic Abrams, Michael A Hogg and Jose M Marques. New York, USA: Psychology Press. doi: 10.4324/9780203496176

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Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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  • Master Philosophy — Associate Advisor

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Completed Supervision