Associate Professor Kelly Fielding

Associate Professor

School of Communication and Arts
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Affiliate Associate 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 of Arts (Honors Class 2A), The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Arts (Psychology), The University of Queensland


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Book Chapter

  • 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. In Ian R. Tibbetts, Peter C. Rothlisberg, David T. Neil, Tamara A. Homburg, David T. Brewer and Angela H. Arthington (Ed.), Moreton Bay Quandamooka and catchment: past, present and future (pp. 61-72) Brisbane, QLD, Australia: Moreton Bay Foundation.

  • 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. In Heinz Schandl and Iain Walker (Ed.), Social science and sustainability (pp. 145-159) Melbourne, Australia: CSIRO Publishing.

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

  • Mankad, Aditi, Fielding, Kelly and Tapsuwan, Sorada (2015). Public perceptions, motivational drivers, and maintenance behaviour for urban rainwater tanks. In Ashok K. Sharma, Donald Begbie and Ted Gardner (Ed.), Rainwater tank systems for urban water supply: Design, yield, energy, health risks, economics and social perceptions (pp. 1-50) 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. In Peter W. Newton (Ed.), Urban Consumption (pp. 199-214) Collingwood, VIC, Australia: CSIRO Publishing.

  • Hogg, M. A., Fielding, K. and Darley, J. (2005). Fringe dwellers: Processes of deviance and marginalization in groups. In Dominic Abrams, Michael A Hogg and Jose M Marques (Ed.), The Social Psychology of Inclusion and Exclusion 1st ed. (pp. 191-210) 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

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

Completed Supervision