Institute of Art Design + Technology
Dún Laoghaire

Sophie Krywonis 

BSc [Hons] Applied Psychology

My name is Sophie Krywonis. I have recently finished my degree studying Applied Psychology, I have a strong passion for the environment and living as sustainably as we can. I used my knowledge of psychology to help develop a research project that can link together psychology and living sustainably. I have enjoyed studying at IADT.

Project Description

Today, we are in a state of climate emergency due to climate change. My project aimed to examine if gender plays a role in behaviour based on environmental identity. Behaviours such as recycling or conserving water can have a big impact on the planet. A persons environmental identity can influence whether that person carries out these sustainable behaviours or not. The study's sample size consisted of ninety-nine participants. The Revised environmental identity scale was used to accumulate data from the participants. The findings of the study showed that there was a significant difference in the results of sustainable behaviour between males and females.

Project Objectives

The aim of the present study is to investigate if there is there a significant difference in environmental behaviour for males and females while controlling environmental identity. It explores the role of gender on the revised EID scale among Irish participants.

Project Outcomes

The results show that there is a difference between males and females behaviours. Women tend to carry out environmentally sustainable behaviours more frequently than men. These findings add to previous literature that found similar results. The present study contributes to gaps in previous literature, such as not exploring gender differences on sustainable behaviours, while controlling environmental identity. Further, the revised EID scale and examining sustainable behaviour between gender differences had not been investigated in an Irish context.

Thesis Title

The impact of gender on sustainable behaviours.