Professor Alan LEWIS, BSc., Ph.D., CPsychol., FBPsS. AcSS.
Professor of Economic Psychology ,
President: International Association of Researchers in Economic Psychology. 2009-2011.
Honorary Visiting Professor ,School of
Director of Studies : MRes. Environment, Energy and Resilience.
2001 -2004 Head of Psychology Department
1998 -99 Acting Head of Psychology Department
1993 -2001/2009-2011. Undergraduate Director of Studies. Psychology.
1999 -2004 Director of Studies: MSc Applied Social Psychology.
1996 - 2000 Editor: Journal of Economic Psychology
1988 - 2001 - Director, Centre for Economic Psychology.
1986 -1998 - Reader in Economic Psychology.
1979 - 1986 - Lecturer in Research Methods in the
1976 - 1979 - Research Fellow in Applied Social Psychology at the Centre for
Fiscal Studies, University of
1973 - 1976 - Tutorial Fellow, Psychology Department,
Biography and Qualifications
Date of Birth: 18th April 1952.
Marital Status: Married to Sandie Lewis, Head of Strategy, Wiltshire Council.
Daughters: Francesca Lewis, Emma Strawford-Lewis.
Ph.D. "Experimental Studies of Reciprocal Communications",
Applied Social Psychology, especially economic and environmental aspects typified by the following:
1. Sustainability : Socially Responsible Investments; Personal Carbon Trading; Littering; Local Environmental Initiatives.
2. Economic Decision Making and Socialization.
3. Tax Evasion and other Fiscal Matters.
1 2005-2008 £120,000 Mistra (
Swedish Charity). “ Behavioural Impediments to
Sustainable Investment.” This forms part of a 21 Million SEK (approx £1.5
million) award to Evert Carlsson, Anders Biel, Tommy Garling, Catalin Starica (
2 1997-1998 £70,580 NCR Financial Systems Ltd. "An International Appraisal of Perceptions of EFTPOS and Mondex."
3 1994 - 1998 £108,000 ESRC (with Adrian Winnett and Paul Webley) "Morals and Money: Ethical and green investing".
41994 - 1996 £252,000 EPSRC (with Alan Day and Geoff Hammond) "Monitoring the City: The effect of feedback on attitudes and behaviour".
5 1990 £10,920 British Telecom "Working from Home".
6 1990 £2,100 ESRC "Consumer Reactions to Automated Teller Machines".
7 1989 £1,000 Halifax Building Society "Savings Behaviour".
8 1984 £27,000 Inland Revenue and Nuffield Foundation "Understanding the Inland Revenue".
9 1982 £400 Rowntree Foundation "Attitudes to Taxation and Public Expenditure".
10 1980 £11,000 Winncott Foundation "Student Loans or Grants?".
Lewis, A. (ed.) The
Handbook of Psychology and Economic Behaviour (2008).
Lewis, A. Morals, Markets and Money: Ethical, green and socially
responsible investing. (2002) Prentice Hall/Financial
Scott,A.J., Lewis,A. and Lea,S.E.G. (eds) Student Debt: The causes and consequences of
undergraduate borrowing in the
Lewis, A., Webley, P. and Furnham, A. The New Economic Mind, (1995)
Lewis, A. and Warneryd, K-E.(
eds ) Ethics and Economic Affairs , (eds), (1994) Routledge:
A. and Lewis, A. The Economic Mind: The Social Psychology of Economic
Behaviour, (1986) Wheatsheaf: Brighton/St
James, S., Lewis, A. and Allison, F. The
Comprehensibility of Taxation: A Study of Taxation and Communications,
Antaki, C. and Lewis, A. (eds) Mental Mirrors (1986) Sage:
Lewis, A. The Psychology of Taxation (1982)
Blackwell: Oxford/St Martin's Press:
Lewis, A., Turton, P. and Sweetman,T. (Edited by Ben Caldecott. Foreword by Bill Bryson) . Litterbugs: How to deal with the problem of
littering. (2009). Policy Exchange:
Lewis, A. Money in the Contemporary Family (2001) Nestle Family Monitor 12: Croydon.
Lewis, A., Sandford, C. and Thompson, N. Grants
or Loans? (1980) Institute of Economic Affairs:
b) Journal Articles and Contributions to Books
Lewis, A., Bardis, A.,
McHugh, S., Ranyard, R. & Lewis, A. “ Understanding and knowledge of credit cost and duration: Effects on credit judgements and decisions”. Journal of Economic Psychology (2011) 32. pp.609-620.
Capstick, S., & Lewis, A.“ Effects of Personal Carbon Allowances on decision making: Evidence from an experimental simulation”. Climate Policy (2010) 10.4. pp. 369-384.
Lewis, A. “ The credit crunch: Ideological, psychological and epistemological perspectives”. Journal of Socio-Economics ( 2010) 39.2.pp.127-131.
Cullis, J., Jones, P. & Lewis, A. “ Tax compliance: Social norms, culture and endogeneity”. In Alm, J.,
Martinez-Vazquez, J., and Torgler, B. (Eds.) Developing
Alternative Frameworks for Explaining Tax Compliance (2010) .
Lewis, A., & Juravle, C. “ Morals, markets and sustainable investments: A qualitative study of ‘champions’”. Journal of Business Ethics (2010) 93.3.pp.483-494.
Garling, T., Kirchler, E., Lewis, A., & van Raaij, F. “Psychology, financial decision making and financial crises”. Psychological Science in the Public Interest (2009) 10.1.pp.1-47.
Nash, N., Lewis, A, &
Lewis, A., Cullis, J. & Jones, P. “ Individual,
cognitive and cultural differences in tax compliance:
Juravle, C. & Lewis, A “ The
role of championship in the mainstreaming of SI: What can we learn from SI
pioneers in the
Juravle, C. & Lewis, A. “
Identifying impediments to SRI in
Cullis, J., Jones, P. & Lewis, A. “ Tax framing, instrumentality and individual differences: Are there two different cultures?” Journal of Economic Psychology.(2006) 27. pp.304-320.
Cullis, J., Jones, P. & Lewis, A. “ The artful and the artless dodger: Responses to the
challenge of Instrumental Tax Evasion”. In Slemrod, J. and McCaffery.
E. (Eds.) Behavioural Public Finance (2006)
P. & Lewis, A. “Ethical investing: Where are we now?” In
Altman, M (Ed.) Handbook of Behavioural Economics (2006) M.E.Sharpe.
Nash, N.& Lewis, A. “ Institutional obstacles
to pro-environmental action: The effect of the Dominant Social Paradigm” .In
Dobson, A. and
Lewis,A & Scott,A. " A study of economic socialization: Financial practices in the home and the preferred role of schools among parents with children under 16". Citizenship,Social and Economics Education (2003) 5.3. pp.138-147.
Lewis,A. "Good money,bad money: The case of socially responsible
investment in the
Kilbourne, W., Beckmann,S., Lewis,A. and van Dam, Y. "A multi-national examination of the role of the Dominant Social Paradigm in environmental attitudes." Environment and Behaviour (2001) 33,2. pp. 209-228.
Scott, A.J. and Lewis, A. " Student loans: The development of a new dependency culture?" in Scott ,A.J., Lewis, A. and Lea, S.E.G. (eds) Student Debt. Policy Press, Bristol (2001).
Lebens, W. and Lewis, A. " Are students serious bankers? The nature of the student/ bank relationship in the U.K. and France." in Scott, A.J. et.al. (eds) op.cit.
Lewis, A. "A focus group study of the motivation to invest: 'ethical/green' and 'ordinary' investors compared ." Journal of Socio-Economics (2001) 30,2.
Webley, P. Lewis, A. and Mackenzie, C. "Commitment among ethical investors :An experimental approach." Journal of Economic Psychology (2001) 22, 1, pp.27-42.
Lewis, A. and Scott, A.J. " The economic
awareness, knowledge and pocket money practices of a sample of
Lewis, A. and Mackenzie C. "Morals, Motives and Money: The case of
Human Relations (2000) 53,2 179-191..
Lewis, A. and Mackenzie, C. "Support for investor activism among UK ethical investors." Journal of Business Ethics (2000) 24, 215-222.
Lewis, A., and Mackenzie, C. "Green and Ethical investing: Can it make
a difference ’’, in A. Warhurst (ed)
Towards a Collaborative Environmental Research Agenda, Macmillan,
Winnett, A., and Lewis, A. " ‘You’d have to be green to invest in this’: popular economic models, financial journalism and ethical investment ." Journal of Economic Psychology (2000) 21, 3, 319-339.
Mackenzie, C. and Lewis, A. "Morals and Markets:The case of ethical investors" Business Ethics Quarterly (1999) 9,3.439-452.
Lewis, A. "Markets, morals and the case of ethical/green investing", in P. Earl and S. Kemp (ed) Consumer Research and Economic Psychology, Edward Elgar, Northampton, MA (1999).
Brandon, G., and Lewis, A. "A Quantitative and Qualitative field study
of household energy consumption in the
Lewis, A., Mackenzie, C., Webley , P., and Winnett , A.
"Morals and Markets: Some policy implications of ethical investing",
in P. Taylor-Gooby (ed) Choice
and Public Policy, Macmillan,
Jones, P., Cullis, J., and Lewis, A. "Public versus private provision for altruism." Kyklos (1998) 51,3-24.
Cullis, J. and Lewis, A. "Why people pay taxes: From a conventional economic model to a model of social convention", Journal of Economic Psychology,(1997),18,305-321.( Reprinted in S.James (ed) The Handbook of Taxation, Routledge (2002).
Lewis, A "Editorial", Journal of Economic Psychology, (1996),17,1-2
Winnett , A. and Lewis, A. "Household accounts, mental accounts and savings behaviour", Journal of Economic Psychology, (1995),16,431-448.
Lewis, A. and van Venrooij , M. "Perceptions of Loan Duration and Repayment",Journal of Economic Psychology, (1995),16,161-168.
Wallschutzky, I. and Lewis, A. "Tax
perceptions and tax reform" in C.Sandford (Ed) More
Key Issues in Tax Reform Fiscal publications,
Burgoyne , C. and Lewis, A. "Distributive justice in marriage: equality or equity?", Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology, (1994), 4, 2, 101-114.
Haddon , L. and Lewis, A. "Teleworking: an annotated review", International Journal of Human Resource Management, (1994), 5, 1, 193-223.
Warneryd , K-E. and Lewis, A. "Ethics
and Economic Affairs: Introduction" in A. Lewis and K-E. Warneryd (eds)
Ethics and Economic Affairs, Routledge,
Lewis, A. and Webley, P. "Social and Ethical Investing: Beliefs, Preferences and the Willingness to Sacrifice Financial Return" in A. Lewis and K-E. Warneryd (eds) op.cit.
Lewis, A. "Ethics and Economic Affairs: The Future" in A. Lewis and K-E. Warneryd (eds) op.cit.
, J., Lewis, A. and Winnett , A. "Paying to
Lewis, A. "Voices from the exogenous domain: social psychology",
in U. Himmelstrand (ed) Interfaces
in Economic and Social Analysis, Routledge ,
Burgoyne, C., Lewis, A., Webley, P. and Routh, D. 'Customer Reactions to Automated Teller Machines
(ATM's): A Field Study in a U.K. Building Society' in S. Lea, P. Webley and B. Young (eds) New
Directions in Economic Psychology (1992), Edward Elgar,
Webley, P., Levine, M., and Lewis, A. "A
Study in Economic Psychology: Children's Saving in a Play Economy", Human
Relations (1991), 44, 2, pp 127-146. Reprinted in Economic Psychology
S. and Maital, S. Edward Elgar,
Lewis, A. and Cullis, J. "Ethical Investments: Preferences and Morality". Journal of Behavioural Economics (1990), 19, 4, pp 395-411.
Lewis, A. "Economic Beliefs" in C. Fraser and G. Gaskell (eds). Attitudes, Opinions and
Representations: Some Psychological Analyses of Widespread Beliefs.
Lewis, A. "Fiscal Psychology" in D. Collard (ed.) Fiscal Policy,
Lewis, A. and Cullis, J. "Preferences, Economics and Psychology and the Economic Psychology of Public Sector Preference Formation. Journal of Behavioural Economics (1988), 17, I, pp 19-33).
Lewis, A., Furnham, A. and Snell, M. "Lay
Explanations for the Causes of Unemployment in
Lewis, A. "Some Methods in Psychological Economics" in P. Earl (ed) Psychological Economics: Development, Tensions, Prospects. Kluwer, 1987.
Antaki, C. and Lewis, A. "Mental Mirrors:
Metacognition in Social Knowledge" in Antaki, C.
and Lewis, A. (eds) Mental
Lewis, A. and Furnham, A. "Reducing Unemployment: Lay Beliefs about How to Reduce Current Unemployment" Journal of Economic Psychology (1986) 7, pp 75-85.
Lewis, A. and Snell, M. "Increasing Organ and Kidney Donation: Campaigns and Policy Implications" Social Sciences and Medicine. (1986) 22, 10, pp 1075-1080.
Sandford, C. and Lewis, A. "The Poor Have Taxation Problems Too". Accountancy (1986) April, pp 94-96.
Lewis, A. "Fiscal Policy: the importance of perceptions and
attitudes" in B. Gilad and S. Kaish, The Handbook of Behavioural Economics. JAI:
Lewis, A. "Metacognition in Interpersonal Relations
and Persuasive Communications" in C. Antaki and
A. Lewis (Eds). Mental
James, S., Lewis, A. and Maloney, J. "Tax Difficulties of the Elderly", Ageing and Society. (1985) 5, pp 305-317.
Cullis, J. G. and Lewis, A. "Some Hypotheses on Tax Knowledge and Preferences" Journal of Economic Psychology (1985) 6, pp 271-287.
Lewis, A. and Jackson, D. Voting Preferences and Attitudes to Public Expenditure: Political Studies. (1985) XXXIII, pp 459-466.
Lewis, A. "A Comment on M.E. Derbyshires', 'The Use of Statistics in the Personal Social Services' Journal of the Royal Statistical Society (Series A) (1983) 146, 2.
Lewis, A. "Public Expenditure: Perceptions and Preferences" Journal of Economic Psychology (1983) 3, 2, pp 159-167.
Lewis, A. "Introduction to Fiscal Psychology" Journal of Economic Psychology. (1982) 2, 2, pp 155-163.
Lewis, A. "The Social Psychology of Taxation" British Journal of Social Psychology. (1982) 21, pp 151-158. (Also published in W. Stroebe and W. Meyer (eds) Social Psychology and Economics, British Psychological Society: Leicester 1982).
Lewis, A. "Rate and Fiscal Referenda: the issues" Political Quarterly. (1982) 53, 1, pp 73-77.
Lewis, A. "Attributions and Politics" Personality and Individual Differences. (1981) Vol. 2, No. 1, p 14.
James, S., Lewis, A. and Wallschutzky, I. "Fiscal Fog in Britain and Australia" Australian Tax Review. March (1981) Vol. 10, 1, pp 26-35.
Lewis, A. "Understanding Tax Forms" Certified Accountant. February (1981) (not refereed).
Lewis, A. "Attitudes to Public Expenditure and their Relationship to Voting Preferences" Political Studies. Vol. June (1980) XXVIII, No. 2, pp 284-292.
Lewis, A. "An Empirical Assessment of Tax Mentality" Public Finance. (1979) No. 2, pp 245-257.
Lewis, A. "The Comprehensibility of Government Forms and Pamphlets" Policy and Politics. (1979) Vol. 7, No. 4, pp 377-385.
Lewis, A., Sandford, C. T. and Pleming, C. "Labour should think again about that Wealth Tax" Accountancy. (1978) Vol. 89, No. 1021, pp 44-48 (not refereed).
Lewis, A. "Perception of Tax Rates" The British Tax Review (1978) No. 6, pp 358-366.
James, S. and Lewis, A. "Fiscal Fog" The British Tax Review. (1977) No. 6, pp 371-378.
Giles, H., Bourhis, R., Trudgill, P. and Lewis, A. "The Imposed Norm Hypothesis: A Validation" Quarterly Journal of Speech. (1974) Vol. 60, No. 4, pp. 405-410.
International Conferences (published as conference proceedings) and Invited Lectures
Washington D.C. American Bar Foundation (2007). Tax Gap Seminar (Invited Commentator).
H.M.Treasury (HEEDnet seminar)(2004). “Environmental Instruments for the Environment: A Psychological Perspective”.
University of California, Irvine (1992) "Ethical Influences on investment and other economic behaviours", (SASE).
British Conferences and Invited Lectures
Press conference. Policy Exchange,
3rd ESRC Research Methods Festival (2008).
The Experimental Method and Rational Economic Man: A Perspective from
Economic Psychology”. St. Catherine’s,
H.M.Treasury (HEEDnet seminar)(2004) “ Economic Instruments for the Environment: A Psychological Perspective”
BPS(Social Psychology Section) "Morals,Markets and Money" LSE (2003).
Citizenship and the Environment "Institutional
obstacles to pro-environmental action"
British Association "Money: The root of all evil?"
ESRC :Economic Beliefs and Behaviour(Chair
and Presenter) "The Economic Psychology of Market Choice"
British Psychological Society(BPS)(Chair and
Presenter) "Economic Psychology and social representations".
International Research Network on the Environment and
British Psychological Society (BPS) (Social Psychology section)
Chair: Economic Psychology Symposium, St Catherine's
BPS, St Edmund Hall, Oxford, "What is Economic Psychology" 1987.
BPS, University of Kent, "Social Psychology of Taxation" 1986.
International Association of Applied Psychology Edinburgh, 1983 "Economic Psychology and the Public Sector".
Invited Presentations, Universities of Cambridge, Bristol, Exeter, Cardiff, Sheffield, Lancaster ,Manchester , Newcastle, Reading, UWE and Sussex.
Annual Public Administration Conference, York, 1982 "Psychology and the Public Sector".
Recent Teaching and Postgraduate Supervision
1. Economic and Environmental Psychology to final year undergraduates.
2. Social Psychology: Critical and Traditional Approaches.
3. Research Methods
Recent Postgraduate Supervision:
Carmen Smith “ Ecological Citizenship Among Concerned Consumers” ESRC (SWDTC) 1 +3 2011-
Stuart Capstick “ Personal Carbon Trading”. MRes Psychology competed (with distinction) 2008.
Nick Nash “Not in my front garden: The social construction of a
Danyelle Guyatt " Socially responsible institutional investment". ESRC PhD completed 2006.
Annette Otto “Adolescent Saving”. PhD External Examiner, 2007.Completed 2009.
Caroline Roberts “British Attitudes toward the EURO”. PhD External Examiner 2007.
Hong Mao “Tax Compliance in
Caroline Adams " The psychology of VAT compliance" . PhD External Examiner, 2002.
Adrian Scott " The psychology of
Teresa Daniel " Individual Differences in Intertemporal Choice" PhD External Examiner, 1998 .
Craig Mackenzie " The history and authenticity of ethical investing" ESRC PhD. Completed 1997.
Constantina Bichta "Money management in the family" MSc . Completed 1996.
Mark McNulty "The Construction of Fashion in the Clothing Industry" MPhil Completed 1995.
Nick Rigillo "The Psychology of Investment Decision Making in Small and Large Firms" MPhil. Completed 1995.
Maureen Williamson "Lay People's Cognitive Models of the Economy" PhD.External Examiner, 1992.
Carole Burgoyne "The Meanings of Money" PhD. Completed 1991.
International Association of Researchers in Economic Psychology (IAREP).
British Psychological Society (Social Psychology Section).
British Journal of Psychology
The Economic Journal
Journal of Organisational Behaviour
Accountancy and Business Research
Journal of Economic Psychology (guest editor, 1982, 1983; book review editor 1982 - 1991,editor 1996-2000, editorial board 1982-to date).
Journal of Public Policy
Policy and Politics
Natural Resources Forum
European Journal of Social Psychology
British Journal of Social Psychology
Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology
Journal of Socio-Economics.(editorial board).
Journal of Consumer Policy
Journal of Business Ethics
Journal of Economic Education
Review of Behavioral Finance
Journal of Sustainable Finance and Investment (Editorial board 2011- to date)
P.Webley, C.Burgoyne, S.E.G.Lea, B.Young The Economic Psychology of Everyday Life (2001) in JEP (2002).
M.Friedman. Consumer Boycotts (1999) in Journal of Economic Psychology (2001).
A. Oppenheim. Questionnaire Design and Attitude Measurement (1992) in Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology (1994).
P. Webley et. al., Tax Evasion: An Experimental Approach (1991) in JEP (1992).
N. C. Smith, Morality and the Market (1990) in JEP (1990).
L. Neuberg, Conceptual Anomalies in Economics and Statistics (1989) in JEP (1990).
K. Grunert and F. Olander (eds), Understanding Economic Behaviour(1989) in JEP (1990).
S. Bruyn, The
Field of Social Investment (1987) C.U.P.,
J. Baxter, Social and Psychological Foundations of Economic Analysis
J. Jacoby and J. Olsen, Perceived Quality
A. Etzioni, The
Moral Dimension (1988). The Free Press,
(With J. Cullis) S.E.G. Lea, R. Tarpy and P. Webley's The Individual in the Economy (1987) C.U.P. Cambridge in The Journal of Economic Psychology (1988).
T. Scitovsky's Human Desire and Economic
Satisfaction (1986) Wheatsheaf,
F. Koenig's Rumour in the Market Place (1985) Auburn House:
H. Collins Changing Order (1985) Sage:
D. McKay, N. Schofield, P. Schofield and P. Whiteley's
Data Analysis and the Social Sciences (1983) Pinter:
B. Caldwell's Appraisal and Criticism in Economics. 1984) Allen and Unwin:
P. Earl's Economic Imagination (1984) Wheatsheaf:
A. Henderson's Social Power (1981) Praeger:
H. Collins and T. Pinch Frames of Meaning. (1982) Routledge
and Kegan Paul:
B. Anderson et. al. Concepts
in Judgement and Decision Research. (1981) Praeger:
P.L. Reynaud's Economic Psychology (1981) Praeger:
R. Coughlin's Ideology, Public Opinion and Welfare Policy. (1980)
ESRC ( Benchmarking Psychology; Commissioning Panel Centres and Large Grants).
University of Vienna
Austrian Science Fund
Risk and Policy Analysts Ltd. (Marine Littering).
Co-ordinator (Psychology). Great Western Research.
Institute for Public Policy Research (Personal Carbon Trading)
Policy Exchange (Psychology of Littering)
Agilysis (Psychology of Debt)
Egg plc. ( Financial Competence of the General Public).
Nestle UK Ltd. (Money in the Contemporary Family)
British Telecom (Attitudes of Employees to Homeworking).
Inland Revenue and HM Customs and Excise (Design of Communications; Consumer Surveys; Measurement of Compliance Costs).
Harris Polls Ltd (Questionnaire Design)
NCR Financial Systems Ltd (Consumer Attitudes to New Technology).
Winner(with J.Cullis and P.Jones) for the best paper in socio-economics 1995