Free ebook: Psychology for a better world

Psychology for a Better World: Strategies to Inspire Sustainability is a book – freely available in PDF format – for people who believe it is worth trying to make a world in which both our species and the ecological systems we are part of can flourish.

It is based on the latest research in psychology and is jam-packed with action strategies. It offers new ways to think about how people interact in social settings, why we are tempted to stick with what we know, and how the same characteristics that currently keep us hooked into unsustainable practices can be used to move us forward.

The final chapter is a guide to help you analyse what you are doing to contribute towards a better world, and how you can be more effective while simultaneously increasing your personal wellbeing.

About the author

Niki Harré is an associate professor at the University of Auckland where she has taught social and community psychology for twelve years. Her recent research projects have focused on sustainable communities and schools, positive youth development and political activism.

In 2007 Niki edited, with Quentin Atkinson, the book Carbon Neutral by 2020: How New Zealanders Can Tackle Climate Change. Niki is an active member of the Point Chevalier Transition Town.

Niki’s homepage and contact details



Listen to Niki’s interview about Psychology for a Better World with Kim Hill on the Radio New Zealand website and her interview with Sustainable Simon on the 95bFM website.

Short film summarising the book’s main ideas

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Purchase a hard copy

Hard copies can be ordered via the University of Auckland website.