Dr Angela Dean

Dr Angela Dean is a quantitative social scientist. Her research focuses on how to promote environmental citizenship within communities.  Angela draws on diverse experience as both a researcher and practitioner in the areas of health, science communication, citizen science, and sustainable urban water management.

Her research explores:

  • Community perceptions about conservation issues and policies;
  • Psychological processes and contextual factors that underpin support for conservation policies and  behaviours, such as wellbeing, social capital, or social disadvantage;
  • Effectiveness of interventions to promote conservation behaviours and active policy support, and how these interventions can be better targeted to specific audiences using techniques such as message framing.


Senior Research Fellow, Institute for Future Environments, Queensland University of Technology, July 2019 – present

Research Fellow, ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions, The University of Queensland,   – 


Simmons, B. A., Wilson, K. A., and Dean, A. J. 2020. Landholder typologies illuminate pathways for social change in a deforestation hotspot. Journal of Environmental Management, 254, 109777. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvman.2019.109777

Dean, A.J., Barnett, A.G., Wilson, K.A. and Turrell, G. 2019. Beyond the ‘extinction of experience’–Novel pathways between nature experience and support for nature conservation. Global Environmental Change. 55:48-57. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2019.02.002

Dean, A.J., Fielding, K.S. and Wilson, K.A. 2019. Building community support for coastal management—What types of messages are most effective? Environmental Science & Policy. 92: 161-169. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envsci.2018.11.026

Dean, A. J., Church, E. K., Loder, J., Fielding, K. S. and Wilson, K. A. 2018. How do marine and coastal citizen science experiences foster environmental engagement? Journal of Environmental Management. 213: 409 -416. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvman.2018.02.080


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