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Dr Zoe Leviston

Post Doctoral Research Fellow

Contact Information Telephone: +61 8 6304 5609, Email:, Campus: Joondalup, Room: JO30.220
Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 5609
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO30.220  


Zoe is a Post Doctoral Research Fellow at the School of Arts and Humanities.


Zoe Leviston commenced with ECU in February 2017. She has previously worked as a social research scientist for the CSIRO (2004-2017) in Floreat, Perth. Her research applies social psychological theory to investigate how individuals, groups, and culture shape people’s responses to social and natural resource challenges, including immigration, climate change, and resource consumption.

Professional associations

  • Member of the Society for Australasian Social Psychologists
  • Member of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology

Research areas and interests

  • Prejudice, intergroup conflict, and multiculturalism
  • Social psychological responses to climate change
  • Environmental values, attitudes, beliefs, and behaviours
  • Social perception and social comparison
  • Public understanding of science


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Curtin University of Technology, 2013.


Recent Research Grants

  • Building social consensus on climate response: The role of social (mis)perception and identity,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Early Career Researcher Grant - 2018,  2018 - 2019,  $23,400.
  • Why is multiculturalism threatening? Identity threat and outgroup attitudes among majority members ,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Collaboration Enhancement Scheme - 2017 Round 1,  2016 - 2018,  $9,635.
  • Why is multiculturalism threatening? Identity threat and outgroup attitudes among majority members,  Edith Cowan University,  School of Arts and Humanities Research Grant Scheme 2017,  2017 - 2018,  $7,595.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Book Chapters

  • Spinks, A., Fielding, K., Mankad, A., Leonard, R., Leviston, Z., Gardner, J., (2017), Dipping in the well: how behaviours and attitudes influence urban water security. Social Science and Sustainability, 145-159, Melbourne, Australia, CSIRO Publishing.
  • Walker, I., Leviston, Z., McCrea, R., Price, J., Greenhill, M., (2017), Making sense of Australians’ responses to climate change: insights from a series of five national surveys. Social Science and Sustainability, 161-176, Melbourne, Australia, CSIRO Publishing.

Journal Articles

  • Leviston, Z., Walker, I., Green, M., Price, J., (2018), Linkages between ecosystem services and human wellbeing: A Nexus Webs approach. Ecological Indicators, 93(N/A), 658-668, Netherlands, Elsevier BV.
  • Wang, S., Leviston, Z., Hurlstone, M., Lawrence, C., Walker, I., (2018), Emotions predict policy support: Why it matters how people feel about climate change. Global Environmental Change, 50(-), 25-40.
  • Hurlestone, M., Wang, S., Price, A., Leviston, Z., Walker, I., (2017), Cooperation studies of catastrophe avoidance: implications for climate negotiations. Climatic Change: an interdisciplinary, international journal devoted to the description, causes and implications of climatic change, 140(2), 119-133.
  • Leonard, R., Leviston, Z., (2017), Applying a model of collective efficacy for understanding consumer and civic pro-environmental actions. Socijalna Ekologija, 3(26), 105-123, Croatian Sociological Society, DOI: 10.17234/SocEkol.26.3.1.
  • McCrea, R., Leviston, Z., Walker, I., (2016), Climate Change Skepticism and Voting Behavior: What Causes What?. Environment and Behaviour, 48(10), 1309-1334, Sage, DOI: 10.1177/0013916515599571.
  • Marshall, N., Crimp, S., Curnock, M., Greenhill, M., Kuehne, G., Leviston, Z., Ouzman, J., (2016), Some primary producers are more likely to transform their agricultural practices in response to climate change than others. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment, 222(April 15), 38-47, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.agee.2016.02.004.
  • Devine-Wright, P., Price, J., Leviston, Z., (2015), My country or my planet? Exploring the influence of multiple place attachments and ideological beliefs upon climate change attitudes and opinions. Global Environmental Change, 30(2015), 68-79, DOI: 10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2014.10.012.
  • Walker, I., Leviston, Z., Price, J., Devine-Wright, P., (2015), Responses to a worsening environment: relative deprivation mediates between place attachments and behaviour. European Journal of Social Psychology, 45(7), 833-846, DOI: 10.1002/ejsp.2151.
  • Price, J., Fielding, K., Gardner, J., Leviston, Z., Green, M., (2015), Developing effective messages about potable recycled water: The importance of message structure and content. Water Resources Research, 51(4), 2174-2187, DOI: 10.1002/2014WR016514.
  • Fielding, K., Gardner, J., Leviston, Z., Price, J., (2015), Comparing Public Perceptions of Alternative Water Sources for Potable Use: The Case of Rainwater,Stormwater, Desalinated Water, and Recycled Water. Water Resources Management, 29(12), 4501-4518, DOI: 10.1007/s11269-015-1072-1.
  • McCrea, R., Leviston, Z., Walker, I., Shyy, T., (2015), Climate Change Beliefs Count: Relationships With Voting Outcomes at the 2010 Australian Federal Election. Journal of Social and Political Psychology, 3(1), 124-141, PsychOpen, DOI: 10.5964/jspp.v3i1.376.
  • Greenhill, M., Leviston, Z., Leonard, R., Walker, I., (2014), Assessing climate change beliefs: Response effects of question wording and response alternatives. Public Understanding of Science, 23(8), 947-965, Sage, DOI: 10.1177/0963662513480117.
  • Leviston, Z., Price, J., Bishop, B., (2014), Imagining climate change: The role of implicit associations and affective psychological distancing in climate change responses. European Journal of Social Psychology, 44(5), 441-454, John Wiley & Sons Ltd, DOI: 10.1002/ejsp.2050.
  • Price, J., Leviston, Z., (2014), Predicting pro-environmental agricultural practices: The social, psychological and contextual influences on land management. Journal of Rural Studies, 34(April 14), 65-78, DOI: 10.1016/j.jrurstud.2013.10.001.
  • Moloney, G., Leviston, Z., Lynam, T., Price, J., Stone-Jovicich, S., Blair, D., (2014), Using social representations theory to make sense of climate change: what scientists and nonscientists in Australia think. Ecology and Society: a journal of integrative science for resilience and sustainability, 19(3), Article no.19, Resiliance Alliance, DOI: 10.5751/ES-06592-190319.
  • Leviston, Z., Walker, I., Morwinski, S., (2013), Your opinion on climate change might not be as common as you think. Nature Climate Change, 3(4), 334-337, London, United Kingdom , Nature Publishing Group, DOI: 10.1038/nclimate1743.
  • Leviston, Z., Browne, A., Greenhill, M., (2013), Domain-based perceptions of risk: a case study of lay and technical community attitudes toward managed aquifer recharge. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 43(6), 1159-1176, USA, Blackwell Publishing, Inc, DOI: 10.1111/jasp.12079.

Conference Publications

  • Romanach, L., Leviston, Z., Jeanneret, T., Gardner, J., (2017), Low-carbon homes, thermal comfort and household practices: Uplifting the energy-efficiency discourse. Energy Procedia, 121(16-17 February 2017), 238-245, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.egypro.2017.08.023.
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