I have been involved in various field research projects studying how individuals and groups manage social dilemmas and foster prosocial behaviour in the real-world, specifically with regard to environmental problems like transportation, water conservation, and recycling. Recently, I have also looked at topics such as charity support, philanthropy, organ donation, and community cohesion in Britain an the Netherlands. In this research I apply insights from evolutionary and social psychology to understand these issues and offer suggestions for interventions.
My consultancy work uses the PATH-methodology, which consists of four simple steps:
|Problem:||Identifying and defining the problem|
|Analysis:||Conducting a theory-based problem analysis|
|Test:||Testing the explanatory model|
|Help:||Developing and evaluating a programme of interventions|
Step 1 - Problem: Identifying the Problem
Step 2 - Analysis: Conducting a theory-based problem analysis
For example, finding an explanation for a problem involving burn-out among nurses at a hospital could involve (a) looking at literature on stress among nurses (topic-specific), (b) looking at the literature on burn-out among people in caring professions (concept-specific), (c) looking at the stress and coping literature in general (generic approach).
Step 3 - Test: Testing the explanatory model
Step 4 - Help: Developing and testing an intervention programme