Associate Professor Taciano L. Milfont

Reader in Environmental Psychology

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About Taciano

Taciano is interested in the contributions social and behavioural sciences can make to address environmental problems and other social issues. He is regarded as a key environmental psychology researcher in the world, and is former Associate Editor of the two main journals in the field: Environment and Behavior and Journal of Environmental Psychology.

He obtained his PhD in social and environmental psychology at The University of Auckland in 2007, which was followed by a Postdoctoral Research Fellow position at the School of Population Health examining the impact of schools’ climate on the health and well-being of students. Prior to this he received his BA (organisational psychology) and MSc (social psychology) from Brazilian universities.

Before joining The University of Waikato, he worked at Victoria University of Wellington for twelve years (2008-2020), becoming Deputy Director, Co-Director and Director of its Centre for Applied Cross-Cultural Research (2015-2019).

Over the years he has also held visiting scholar positions in universities around the world, including Humboldt University (Germany), Hokkaido University (Japan), California State University in San Marcos (USA), University of Toulouse and Paris 8 University (France), University Institute of Lisbon (Portugal), and Federal University of Paraiba (Brazil).

His publications have appeared in top academic outlets, including Nature Climate Change, Nature Sustainability, Proceedings of the National Academy of SciencesGlobal Environmental Change, PLoS ONE and Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.

Taciano is also a member of the Advisory Board and researcher of the New Zealand Attitudes and Values Study, a longitudinal national probability panel survey of social attitudes, personality and health outcomes of more than 60,000 New Zealanders.


Culture; Environment Issues; Environmental Risks; Psychology

environmental psychology; applied social psychology

Research Interests

Taciano have many research interests, from cross-cultural and longitudinal research methods, psychometrics, replications and survey designs to broad applications of psychological science to environmental and social issues. He has published over 170 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on these topics.

All his publications can be downloaded from here, and citation information is available on Google Scholar.

Key Publications:

Bain, P. G., Milfont, T. L., Kashima, Y., Bilewicz, M., Doron, G., Garðarsdóttir, R. B., … & Saviolidis, N. M. (2016). Co-benefits of addressing climate change can motivate action around the world. Nature Climate Change, 6, 154-157.

Milfont, T. L., Bain, P. G., Kashima, Y., Corral-Verdugo, V., Pasquali, C., Johansson, L.-O., … & Einarsdóttir, G. (2018). On the relation between social dominance orientation and environmentalism: A 25-nation study. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 9, 802-814.

Milfont, T. L., Richter, I., Sibley, C. G., Wilson, M. S., & Fischer, R. (2013). Environmental consequences of the desire to dominate and be superior. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 39, 1127-1138

Klein, R. A., Vianello, M., Hasselman, F., Adams, B. G., Adams, R. B., Alper, S., … Milfont, T. L., … , & Nosek, B. A. (2018). Many labs 2: Investigating variation in replicability across sample and setting. Advances in Methods and Practices in Psychological Science, 1, 443-490.

Sibley, C. G., Greaves, L., Satherley, N., Wilson, M., Lee, C., Milojev, P., ... Milfont, T. L., ... & Barlow, F. (in press). Effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and nationwide lockdown on trust, attitudes towards government, and wellbeing. American Psychologist.

Thomson, R., Yuki, M., Talhelm, T., Schug, J., Kito, M., Ayanian, A., … Milfont, T. L., … & Visserman, M. L. (2018). Relational mobility predicts social behaviors in 39 countries and is tied to historical farming and threat. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 115, 7521-7526.

Recent Publications

  • Milfont, T. L., Abrahamse, W., & MacDonald, E. A. (2021). Scepticism of anthropogenic climate change: Additional evidence for the role of system-justifying ideologies. Personality and Individual Differences, 168. doi:10.1016/j.paid.2020.110237

  • Vilar, R., Milfont, T. L., & Sibley, C. G. (2020). The role of social desirability responding in the longitudinal relations between intention and behaviour. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 70. doi:10.1016/j.jenvp.2020.101457

  • Milfont, T. L., Thomson, R., & Yuki, M. (2020). Does relational mobility vary across national regions? A within-country examination. PLOS ONE, 15(7), e0235172. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0235172 Open Access version:

  • Aley, J. P., Milfont, T. L., & Russell, J. C. (2020). The pest-management attitude (PMA) scale: A unidimensional and versatile assessment tool. Wildlife Research, 47(2), 166-176. doi:10.1071/WR19094

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