How can psychology help us understand and solve environmental and energy-related problems?

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Green hydrogen consortium with key roles for University of Groningen researchers receives 13 million euros

A consortium to study the socio-economic impact of green hydrogen, including our colleagues Linda Steg and Goda Perlaviciute, has been granted 13 million euros in total funding.

“It’s not my place as a scientist to also play the part of politician”

Professor Linda Steg has co-written numerous alarming reports on climate change, but in a recent interview with the Dutch Research Council, she explains why she does not choose to be an activist herself.

Podcast episode: climate adaptation and anxiety (with Anne van Valkengoed)

Are climate adaptation and mitigation mutually exclusive? Does climate anxiety play a role in how willing – or able – people are to pursue adaption measures? Can environmental psychology help overcome resistance to adaptation?

Dutch Scientific Climate Council advises government to act decisively with policy on CO2 removal to meet climate goals

The Dutch Scientific Climate Council (WKR), of which our colleague professor Linda Steg is a member, advises the new government cabinet to urgently focus on policy for permanent CO2 removal om their just released advisory report, "Clearing the Air?".

Recycling matters, but consuming less matters more

Despite its comparative ease of use, recycling is actually the least impactful behavior when you look at waste.

Climate action isn’t niche. Suggesting otherwise is undemocratic.

The suggestion that groups advocating for faster climate action are on the fringes of society is completely false. Many people, worldwide and in the Netherlands, are concerned about the consequences of climate change, not only in the future, but right here, right now.

Behavior change is essential for a C02 neutral Netherlands

The Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency calculated how the Netherlands can be climate neutral in 2050. Valuable, but with a major omission, according to scientists Goda Perlaviciute, Thijs Bouman and Linda Steg: the effect of behavior and lifestyle is not included.

Podcast episode: social tipping points (with Žan Mlakar)

What initiates widespread social change? How does social change evolve over time? Why is it hard to discuss sustainability?

Energy citizenship as people’s perceived (collective) rights and responsibilities in a just and sustainable energy transition – scale development and validation

The aim of this paper is to develop and validate a scale to reliably measure people's level of energy citizenship.

Do I Perceive That We as a Community Can Persist, Adapt Flexibly, and Positively Transform? The Relationship Between Collective Transilience and Community-Based Adaptation

Collective transilience reflects the extent to which people perceive they can persist, adapt flexibly, and positively transform as a community in the face of climate change.

Anne van Valkengoed guest editor for special issue on psychology of climate change adaptation

Our colleague post doc Anne van Valkengoed and senior psychology lecturer at the University of Gothenburg Magnus Bergquist will be the guest editors of a special issue of Journal of Environmental Psychology on climate change adaptation.

Summer school supervisor associate professor Amanda Carrico to give Heymans Colloquium

Before our summer school – the Next STEP – gets underway on 24 June, associate professor Amanda Carrico, one of our visiting supervisors from the University of Colorado Boulder, will give a guest lecture at part of the Heymans Colloquium series.

Taking the next step: what our summer school supervisors are looking forward to

With our summer school three weeks away, we asked several of the supervisors why they're excited about the summer school and why it's so important to apply environmental psychology theory to societal issues.

Anne van Valkengoed: Adaptation behaviour is about more than just risks

The role of risk perception is often inflated in general, and other psychological determinants are not taken into consideration; adaptation behaviour is about more than just risks and past experiences with risk.

Podcast episode: public participation (with Goda Perlaviciute)

What are citizen assemblies? How can public involvement in energy decision making better reflect the general population? Is it possible to overcome NIMBYism (not in my backyard) with green energy projects?

Who we are and what we do

The Environmental Psychology Groningen expertise group investigates how willing people are to make a personal contribution to the cause of combating climate change and which policies can effectively encourage sustainable behaviour.

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