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

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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.

Environmental psychology myths, debunked: Public participation is a silver bullet for public acceptance

Initial findings show that when citizen assemblies are reflective of the general population and enable citizens to define their values at an early planning stage where their input can genuinely influence outcomes, they can be a promising approach for more engagement with public participation.

Environmental psychology myths, debunked: people only make climate-friendly decisions if it saves them money

Research shows that many people have strong intrinsic motivation to behave in an environmentally-friendly manner, and are willing to spend some more money for more sustainable purchases.

Environmental psychology myths, debunked: climate change will only affect us in negative ways

Climate change is not just doom and gloom. Actually, people may be capable of seeking new opportunities and changing for the better because of it. That is the essence of transilience.

2023 research in review

While folks here in the Netherlands are still greeting each other with best wishes for the new year, we're using this slightly slow week getting back to work to share a short overview of the research from our colleagues in 2023.

Scientific Climate Council presents first advisory report to environment minister

Following the council of ministers meeting in The Hague on Friday, 15 December, an advisory report by the Wetenschappelijke Klimaatraad (WKR, Scientific Climate Council) for a Dutch  climate plan was presented to demissionary environmental minister Rob Jetten (D66). The council, of which Environmental Psychology Groningen professor Linda Steg is a member, is advising the cabinet to prioritise the common good and embrace an all-encompassing perspective for a climate neutral and resilient Netherlands.

Circular consumption to reduce environmental pressure: Potential of behavioural change in the Netherlands

The transition towards a circular economy requires a change in what and how we consume. We argue that a realistic estimation of the environmental mitigation potential depends on 1) the environmental benefit that results from a certain circular behaviour, referred to as the ‘theoretical reduction potential’ (TRP), and 2) the behavioural plasticity, reflecting the share of consumers who are not yet engaging in the behaviour but would be willing to do so if circular goods and services are easily accessible and affordable.

Postdoctoral researcher on acceptability of low carbon lifestyles

Join our department! We have a vacancy for a postdoctoral researcher on acceptability of low carbon lifestyles. The Environmental Psychology group invites applications for a two year, full time post-doctoral researcher position on a project investigating which factors affect the acceptability of low carbon lifestyles.

Insights from environmental psychology on media greenwashing

Imagine listening to a news podcast where a climate scientist is being interviewed, then hearing an ad from a fossil fuel company during the break. What are listeners to make of this contradictory messaging?

A sustainable Sinterklaas celebration

The Environmental Psychology department celebrated a very gezellig Pakjesochtend in the Orangerie on 5 December, complete with vegan hot chocolate, pepernoten and banket, a handful of surprises and seasonal sweaters.

Exploration of children’s value patterns in relation to environmental education programmes

The present study aimed to investigate the relationships between children’s endorsement of biospheric values, their pro-environmental behaviors, and their perception of their friends’ and peers’ endorsement of biospheric values. Moreover, we investigated whether these values and behaviors, as well as the hypothesized relationships, were affected by educational programmes that were already implemented at schools.

Postdoc position for promoting constructive discourse in public participation panels

We're hiring! Our colleague associate professor Lise Jans, together with associate professor Namkje Koudenburg, are inviteing applications for a postdoctoral researcher position.

Individual Transilience in the Face of the COVID-19 Pandemic

In this paper, we investigate the role of transilience in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, which posed a more urgent and acute threat to individuals compared to climate change.

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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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