Dr Kris De Meyer is a Research Fellow in neuroscience at the Department of Neuroimaging and a Visiting Lecturer at the Department of Geography. He specialises in how people become entrenched in their beliefs, how this leads to polarisation in society, and how to overcome this.
Kris works with environmental scientists, policymakers and conservation NGOs to support them in communicating more constructively about controversial environmental topics, such as climate change
He is a core member of the Challenging Radical Uncertainty in Science, Society and the Environment (CRUISSE) network, funded by the EPSRC, and of the UCL Policy Commission on Communicating Climate Science. He is also the producer of the award-winning documentary, Right Between Your Ears (exploring the neuroscience and psychology of entrenched views), co-creator of children's radio series Climate Explorers, and the participatory theatre piece, The Justice Syndicate.
He regularly speaks on BBC radio and TV about polarisation in society, and why fake news can be so believable.
- Attitude formation and attitude polarisation
- The psychology of climate change
- Communication of climate science
- Science/policy co-production practices
Kris' research focuses on translating neuroscience and psychology research into actionable communication and science/policy co-production practices to resolve persistent debates in society, including on climate change and the environment.
In 2019-2020, he is part of the DEFRA-funded consortium titled, 'Citizen Engagement on the Environment'.
Kris is open to supervising students looking to research public opinion of climate change, communication of climate change and science/policy co-production practices.
See Kris' research profile
Barnard, D. & De Meyer, K., 1 Jan 2020, In : International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media. 16, 1, p. 68-87 20 p. Research output: Contribution to journal - Article. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.1080/14794713.2020.1722916
De Meyer, K., 2016, The Palgrave International Handbook of Alternative Education. p. 17-30 14 p. Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding - Chapter. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.1057/978-1-137-41291-1_2
Rapley, C. & De Meyer, K., 11 Sep 2014, In : Nature climate change. 4, 9, p. 745-746 2 p. Research output: Contribution to journal - Comment/debate. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.1038/nclimate2352
De Meyer, K. & Spratling, M. W., May 2013, In : Cerebral Cortex. 23, 5, p. 1230-1239 10 p., bhs117v2. Research output: Contribution to journal - Article. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.1093/cercor/bhs117
De Meyer, K. & Spratling, M. W., Jun 2011, In : Neural Computation. 23, 6, p. 1536-1567 32 p., N/A. Research output: Contribution to journal - Article. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.1162/NECO_a_00130
Spratling, M. W., De Meyer, K. & Kompass, R., 2009, In : Computational Intelligence and Neuroscience. 2009, N/A, p. N/A 19 p., 381457. Research output: Contribution to journal - Article. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.1155/2009/381457
Watling, L., Spratling, M., De Meyer, K. & Johnson, M., 2007, 29th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (CogSci2007): Proceedings of a Meeting held 1-4 August, 2007 in Nashville TN. N/A ed. Curran Associates Inc., Vol. N/A. p. 1629-1634 6 p. Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding - Conference paper