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Laura Thomas-Walters

University of Stirling

Based in

United Kingdom

Laura Thomas-Walters is conservation social scientist, currently exploring experimental video games as a research and behaviour change tool. Her research has focussed on applying psychological insights into human behaviour to help tackle some of conservation’s most pressing problems, including the illegal wildlife trade. She has studied the design and evaluation of behaviour change interventions, drawing upon work across multiple disciplines and methodologies. She is increasingly interested in narratives around dietary change.

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Laure Boissat, Laura Thomas-Walters, Diogo Veríssimo. 2021. “Nature Documentaries as Catalysts for Change: Mapping Out the ‘Blackfish Effect’”. People & Nature. [In press]

Laura Thomas‐Walters et al. 2021. “An Optimistic Outlook on the Use of Evidence Syntheses to Inform Environmental Decision‐making.” Conservation Science and Practice. 3(6): e426.

Laura Thomas‐Walters, Amy Hinsley, et al. 2020. “Motivations for the Use and Consumption of Wildlife Products.” Conservation Biology. 35(2): 483–91.

Laura Thomas-Walters, Diogo Veríssimo, et al. 2020. “Taking a More Nuanced Look at Behavior Change for Demand Reduction in the Illegal Wildlife Trade.” Conservation Science and Practice. 2(9): e248.

Laura Thomas‐Walters et al. 2020. “Challenges in the Impact Evaluation of Behaviour Change Interventions: The Case of Sea Turtle Meat and Eggs in São Tomé.” People and Nature: 2(4): 913–22.

Laura Thomas-Walters, Hubert Cheung, et al. 2020. “Targeted Values: The Relevance of Classical Chinese Philosophy for Illegal Wildlife Demand Reduction Campaigns.” People and Nature. 2(4): 964–71.

Alegría Olmedo, […] Laura Thomas-Walters, et al. 2020. “A Scoping Review of Celebrity Endorsement in Environmental Campaigns and Evidence for Its Effectiveness.” Conservation Science and Practice. 2(10): e261.

Jones, Julia P. G., Laura Thomas‐Walters, Niki A. Rust, and Diogo Veríssimo. 2019. “Nature Documentaries and Saving Nature: Reflections on the New Netflix Series Our Planet.” People and Nature. 1(4): 420–25.

Laura Thomas-Walters, Claire McNulty, and Diogo Verissimo. 2019. “A Scoping Review into the Impact of Animal Imagery on Pro-Environmental Outcomes.” Ambio. 49: 1135–1145.

Laura Thomas-Walters, and Nichola J Raihani. 2017. “Supporting Conservation: The Roles of Flagship Species and Identifiable Victims.” Conservation Letters 10(5): 581–87.