Liz (Elizabeth) Williams

Liz (Elizabeth) Williams
Area of expertise

Individualized Programs: Environmental Psychology


Dr. Ulrich Mueller


Research Interests

I hold an undergraduate honours degree in psychology (UWinnipeg), a MSc in resource management and environmental studies (UBC), and a 2-year certificate in post-secondary teaching and education. As a SSHRC doctoral candidate, I focus on human attitudes and behaviour toward other species, especially in the context of wildlife conservation, the wildlife trade, pet-keeping, and ecotourism. I am a member of the Animal and Society Research Initiative, and a volunteer with the BC SPCA (Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals). I helped establish the Psychology Graduate Student Council, and served for 2 years as the Teaching Assistant Consultant, Psychology. I have trained and mentored TAs, and taught hundreds of students (including: UWinnipeg, UVic, and UPEI).

My teaching and research are informed by professional experience in public health, business, non-profit, and academic settings. As an experienced interdisciplinary research professional, I have specialized in social-environmental topics, applied sustainability management, and outdoor retail and recreation.


Representative Publications

Park, A., Williams, E. A., Zurba, M. (2020). Understanding hope and what it means for the future of conservation. Biological Conservation, 244.

Scannell, L., Williams, E. A., Gifford, R., & Sarich, C. (2020). Parallels between interpersonal and place attachment: An update. L. C. Manzo & P. Devine-Wright (Eds.), Place attachment: Advances in theory, methods, and applications.

Hiebert-Murphy, D., Williams, E. A., Mills, R. S., Walker, J. R., Feldgaier, S., Warren, M., ... & Cox, B. J. (2012). Listening to parents: The challenges of parenting kindergarten-aged children who are anxious. Clinical child psychology and psychiatry, 17(3), 384-399.


Representative Presentations

Williams, E. Using the psychology of prejudice to improve human-animal relations. Spoken presentation (1 hr) at Humane Canada’s Summit for Animals, online, May 3, 2022.

Williams, E. Addressing climate anxiety and ecological grief. Course offered through UVic Continuing Studies (2 hrs), online, March 23, 2022.

Williams, E. Environmentalism as a social identity. Spoken presentation at American Psychological Association Conference, online, August 13, 2021.


Recent Awards

  • Graduate Award for Leadership and Outreach (UVic)
  • President’s Research Scholarship (UVic)
  • SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship
  • Pagani Scholarship in Sustainability: Outstanding Master’s Thesis (UBC)
  • Robert Sommer Award for Best Student Paper
  • SSHRC Joseph Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship
  • Graduate Scholarship (IRES – UBC)
  • Graduate Entrance Scholarship (UBC)
  • Gerry McVay Book Prize (UWinnipeg)
  • Dr. A.R. Cragg Scholarship (UWinnipeg)