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Dr Thomas Norton
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Dr Thomas Norton
I've recently completed a combined Masters and PhD in organisational psychology. My field of research is how organisations are responding to the challenge of environmental sustainability. My research takes a multilevel approach, considering variables at the organisational, between-person, and within-person levels. My research has been published in the Journal of Environmental Psychology, Organization & Environment, and Industrial and Organizational Psychology. I have also provided a book chapter on organisational culture and climate for environmental sustainability in Jennifer Robertson and Julian Barling's The Psychology of Green Organizations (2015), and an encyclopedia entry for aging and green behavior at work in Nancy Pachana's Encyclopedia of Geropsychology (2015). As part of my Masters of Organisational Psychology I have experience as an internal, external, and research consultant in the areas of talent management, leadership, occupational health and safety, and client and staff satisfaction.
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The University of Queensland
St Lucia, QLD 4072

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Dr Thomas Norton

BPsych (Hons) University of Tasmania


In 2011 I moved to Queensland from Tasmania, where I was raised. Despite this, I'm often told that I speak English quite well. For what it's worth, when I return to Tasmania they tell me the same thing about now living in Queensland. 

I am also involved with a single malt whisky distillery in Tasmania, where I have worked in a variety of capacities since 2007

Professional Activities:

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Dr Thomas Norton
Research Activities:

My research focuses on proenvironmental workplace behaviours, such as reducing energy consumption and reducing/reusing/repurposing/recycling resources.

I am working to develop a multilevel perspective (organisation, team, individual, within-person) on proenvironmental behaviour in the workplace, that considers different types of behaviour (in-role, extra-role, helping, harmful).

Representative Publications:

Journal Publications

Norton, T. A., Zacher, H., & Ashkanasy, N. M. (2012). On the importance of pro-environmental organizaitonal climate for employee green behavior. Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice5, 497-500.

Norton, T. A., Zacher, H., & Ashkanasy, N. M. (2014). Organisational sustainability policies and employee green behaviour: The mediating role of work climate perceptions. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 38, 49-54.

Norton, T. A., Parker, S. L., Zacher, H., & Ashkanasy, N. M. (2015). Employee green behavior: A theoretical framework, multilevel review, and future research agenda. Organization & Environment28, 102-125.


Book chapter

Norton, T. A., Zacher, H., & Ashkanasy, N. M. (2015). Pro-environmental organizational culture and climate. In J. Barling & J. L. Robertson (Eds.), The psychology of green organizations (pp. 322-348). New York, NY: Oxford University Press.


Encyclopedia Entries

Norton, T. A., Parker, S. L., & Ashkanasy, N. M. (in press). Employee green behavior and agining. In N. A. Pachana (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Geropsychology. Singapore: Springer.

Conference Presentations

Norton, T. A., Zacher, H., & Ashkanasy, N. M. (2013). The mediating role of pro-environmental psychological climate on the relationships between green organisational policies and employee behaviours. Paper presented at the 10th Industrial and Organisational Psychology Conference, Perth Convention Centre. Perth, Australia. 

Norton, T. A., Hammoud, K., Zacher, H., & Askhanasy, N. M. (2014). A multilevel daily diary study of employee green behavior. Poster presented at the 29th Annual Conference of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Hawaii Convention Center, Honolulu, HI. 

Norton, T. A., Zacher, H., Parker, S. L., & Ashkanasy, N. M. (2014). Growing green employees: A daily diary study of employee green behaviour. Paper presented at the 28th International Congress of Applied Psychology. Palais des Congrès, Paris. 

Norton, T. A., Parker, S. L., Zacher, H., & Ashkanasy, N. M. (2015). Behavioural characteristics influencing the intention to be green at work. Paper presented at the 11th Industrial and Organisational Psychology Conference, Pullman Conference Centre. Melbourne, Australia. 


Course Tutor:
  • Semester 1, 2016
    PSYC3202 - Industrial and Organisational Psychology

Note: Coordinator roles prior to 2009 and tutor roles prior to 2006 are not included.

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