Nicola Watson

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Time for a Nappy Change: the motivations and barriers to cloth nappy use in the UK and Ireland. 

Nicola Watson is a PhD researcher, funded by the UK Department for the Economy, studying the motivations and barriers to cloth nappy use. Her research uses mixed methods to understand the beliefs, attitudes, norms, and controls influencing consumer decisions in the family context. An unusual route to studying Geography and Environmental Science, Nicola’s early academic career was in the Performing Arts with a BA (Hons) in Dance and Theatre from De Montfort University, a PGCE in Drama from Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, and 10 years teaching experience at secondary level. With young children, Nicola shifted focus to supporting parents to try cloth nappies, by helping to set up, and eventually chairing a nappy library charity. She has won the ESAI social engagement prize twice and has reached the Ulster University final of the 3 Minute Thesis (3MT) science communication competition.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Education/Academic qualification

Master, Post Graduate Certificate in Education - Drama, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama University of London

Sept 2003Jun 2004

Award Date: 1 Jun 2004

Bachelor, BA(Hons) Dance and Theatre, De Montfort University

Oct 1999Jun 2002

Award Date: 30 Jun 2002

External positions

Early Careers Network Representative, Environmental Sciences Association of Ireland

5 Apr 2023 → …

Chairperson - Charity Organisation

Dec 2016Nov 2022

Drama teacher

Oct 2015May 2016

Head of Drama

Sept 2007Aug 2014

Acting Head of Drama

Sept 2006Feb 2007

Teacher in Charge of Drama

Sept 2004Aug 2006


  • H Social Sciences (General)
  • Environmental psychology
  • Social Psychology
  • Human Geography


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