About Environmental Psychology at the University of Groningen
The environmental psychology group‘s mission is to understand human responses to environmental risks, such as climate change. The research aims to understand:
- which factors influence behaviour causing environmental risks,
- which factors promote adaptation to environmental risks, such as climate change,
- the effects of interventions aimed to encourage risk mitigation and adaptation behaviour, and factors influencing intervention effects,
- the acceptability of environmental policies, technology and system changes, and factors influencing such acceptability judgements,
- the relationship between environmental behaviour and quality of life.
A wide range of factors is included, including individual, social, institutional, cultural, technological, and situational factors. The Environmental Psychology Group has extensive collaborations with scholars from many different disciplines within physical sciences, humanities, and social sciences. These include Sociology, Marketing, Economics, Geography, Spatial Sciences, Philosophy, Arts, Innovation Sciences, Law, Natural Sciences, Engineering, and Computer Sciences.
Research topics and domains
Studying Environmental Psychology
The environmental psychology group at the University of Groningen is seeking candidates for a PhD position on understanding climate adaptation behavior. More details below.
Prof. Linda Steg has been named a 2017 Highly Cited Researcher by the Web of Science. Her research ranks among the top 1% most cited works in the field of Social Sciences. Her work on factors and processes influencing people’s pro-environmental behavior has been widely acknowledged by the scientific community and has enormous impact on better understanding human aspects of environmental and energy problems.
Electric vehicle adoption motivation and consistent sustainable energy behaviour in The Netherlands
By: Peters, A.M., Van der Werff, E., Steg, L.
In: Energy Research & Social Science
Relationships between values, beliefs, norms, and acceptability and expected effects of a car pricing policy
By: Hiratsuka, J., Perlaviciute, G., Steg, L.
In: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour
The downsides of incentives and how to overcome them
By: Van Der Werff, E., Thogersen, J., Bruine De Bruin, W.
In: IEEE Power and Energy Magazine (2018)