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Trusting the minister or trusting the mayor? Perceived competence and integrity of central and local Dutch institutions governing energy matters

Locally, institutions are seen as more honest and transparent, while nationally, they're perceived as more skilled and having more knowledge. Further, integrity-based trust in both local and national institutions better explained public support for phasing out natural gas than competence-based trust.

What does the general public think about solar radiation modification?

Experts in the field of solar radiation modification (SRM) are well versed with the pros and cons of the technology, but what does the general public think about SRM?

Environmental Psychology Groningen: The Podcast!

The Environmental Psychology Groningen podcast will publish once or twice a month, and each episode will feature a conversation with one of the researchers from our group about what they are working on and how it plays a role in pro-environmental behaviour.

Tasting and labeling meat substitute products can affect consumers’ product evaluations and preferences

In two field experiments, we tested how labeling and tasting experiences with meat substitutes affected omnivores’ evaluations of such products and investigated the latter’s stated and revealed preferences regarding the consumption of meat substitutes and reduction of meat consumption.

SMiLES’ interdisciplinary approach is moving the northern Netherlands toward sustainable transport

Can shared mobility help serve the transport needs of residents in north of the Netherlands and save the planet? Seven students from five RUG faculties have been looking into that question and will present their findings to the province of Groningen in mid-April.

Public opinion about solar radiation management: A cross-cultural study in 20 countries around the world

We report findings from the first large-scale, cross-cultural study on the public opinion about SRM among the general public (N = 2,248) and students (N = 4,583) in 20 countries covering all inhabited continents, including five countries from the Global South and five ‘non-WEIRD’ (i.e. not Western, Educated, Industrialised, Rich, and Democratic) countries from the Global North.

Are psychological distance and efficacy barriers to climate action?

Psychological distance and lack of efficacy are often cited as barriers to climate action, but research from Environmental Psychology Groningen suggests that many people are concerned about climate change impacting them personally.

Acceptability of connected automated vehicles: Attributes, perceived behavioural control, and perceived adoption norm

In this paper, we propose a model to explain the acceptability (i.e. evaluation before experience) of Connected Automated Vehicles. We hypothesize that the acceptability of CAVs is higher when people evaluate its attributes more favourably, feel more able to use CAVs (i.e. higher perceived behavioural control), and think close others would consider adopting CAVs (i.e. the perceived adoption norm).

Environmental psychology myths, debunked: small scale climate action doesn’t make a difference

Environmental Psychology Groningen associate professor Lise Jans explains that small scale collective climate action like a clean up day or a community energy project can be a catalyst for large scale change.

Can the EU regulate single use plastic away?

Research from the field of Environmental Psychology suggests that EU-level regulations banning the use of hotel shampoo bottles and dine in sauce packages by 2030 could be effective because policy and context are equally important in influencing how sustainably we are able to behave in our daily lives.

Climate optimism: just the facts

Climate optimism is a fairly new concept within the discourse about climate change, focusing on the potentially positive transformations the world can make in the face of climate change. But climate optimism is only effective when it is fully informed and embracing the challenge before us in its entirety, not when it is being selective about which statistics to cite and which technological developments to emphasize.

Exploring energy geography: Data insights on household consumption

Household energy consumption (HEC) varies across neighbourhoods and gender groups. This database provides raw and analysed data on HEC determinants and their estimated influence on HEC in 2707 residential neighbourhoods (Wijk) in the Netherlands in 2018.

Do protestors speak for all farmers?

Environmental psychology can offer some perspective on at least a couple of aspects of the protests against transition in the agricultural sector in the Netherlands, namely the role of a vocal minority and the usefulness of subsidies.

Climate emotions: Scientists have feelings, too

Do environmental psychology researchers feel they can take action or openly express concern about climate change without risking undermining their own academic legitimacy?

Environmental psychology myths, debunked: Most people don’t care about the environment

Many people are genuinely motivated to take care of the environment, but they need to be made aware of how much others care and be empowered with information about actions they can actually take.

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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