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Rebecca Upton

PhD Researcher
Faculty of Science and Engineering
Areas of Expertise:
Education for Sustainability

Rebecca joined the GSI at the beginning of 2018 upon being awarded the fully funded Vice Chancellor’s studentship from Anglia Ruskin University.


Rebecca has a Bachelor of Science (with Honours) in Business Analytics and a Master of Science in Environmental Psychology. Although her first degree was mathematically driven, she has always worked towards her passion for psychology. This was further established upon completing her Masters degree which included developing her interests in the psychology of sustainable development, social change and influence and connection to nature. She completed her thesis on understanding recycling behaviours at festivals and creating a behavioural change implementation plan.

Alongside her studies, Rebecca has worked as a consultant in the construction and housing, travel, and accountancy industries – as well as being a community engagement officer for a social inclusion charity, supporting them to create, implement and expand a national project.

Research interests

Rebecca's doctoral research will involve an in-depth case study exploration of the Eden Project, an educational charity, and will explore:

  • education for sustainability in a social, economic, and environmental context
  • education for sustainability’s impacts and values 
  • transformational learning
  • connection to nature.
  • MSc Environmental Psychology, University of Surrey
  • BSc Business Analytics (1st Class with Honours), University of Kent
  • ILM Level 5 - Institute of Learning & Management, Award in Management