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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.

Climate anxiety is not a mental health problem. But we should still treat it as one

This article considers the inadvertent consequences associated with not treating climate anxiety as a mental health problem.

Do people feel that citizen energy councils can play a meaningful role in the energy transition?

Our colleagues associate professor Goda Perlaviciute and junior researcher Wytse Gorter have just completed a new report about the Dutch Citizens Energy Council on how non-participants assessed the council’s discussion process and output.

Dutch IPCC authors publish open letter for urgent climate policy

Alarmed by how important messages about the urgency of climate policy seem to barely get through to the public and government, the Dutch IPCC authors (including EP Groningen's professor Linda Steg, wrote an open letter to the Dutch Cabinet in October.

Are we on the same page? Exploring the relationships between environmental values, self-identity, personal norms and behavior in parent-adolescent dyads

Environmental values, self-identity and personal norms are relevant factors predicting individuals' environmentally-friendly behaviors. These environmental motivations do not form in solitude but in social interactions, and as such could be shaped by the family context.

Guest researcher Estefanya Vazquez Casaubon: overcoming the yuck factor

A visiting researcher wants to get to the bottom of the yuck factor: Does framing the benefits of the use of recycled water increase acceptance of its use?

PhD position for Climate Advocacy

We are looking for a PhD candidate on an interdisciplinary project on Climate Advocacy. The aim is to understand how climate advocates contribute to community-based climate adaptation and which psychological, socio-spatial and institutional conditions enhance their ability to mobilise fellow community members and realise change.

Dealing with Climate Anxiety: Studium Generale event featuring EP researcher Valentina Lozano Nasi

Studium Generale Groningen hosted an urgent conversation about climate anxiety and how to cope with it on Tuesday, 10 October. The event - "Dealing with Climate Anxiety" - hosted by Meriam Tuinhof and held in the aula of the Academy Building at the University of Groningen - featured speakers Ernst-Jan Kuiper, professor Peter de Jonge and EP Groningen PhD candidate Valentina Lozano Nasi.

Environmental Psychology Groningen featured in special climate and behavior edition of De Psycholoog

The latest edition of De Psycholoog (published by the Nederlands Instituut van Psychologen), focused on the theme of climate and behaviour, features three articles with staff and former students from Environmental Psychology Groningen.

The group dynamics sparking social change: how group value in diversity predicts interactions with a deviant

Deviants are pivotal to sparking social change but their influence is often hindered by group dynamics that serve to maintain the status quo. This paper examines the influence of a group's value in diversity in deviant's ability to spark social change, with a unique focus on the experience and anticipation of group dynamics that enable minority influence.

What kind of climate policies do environmental psychologists want from the new Dutch government?

Climate policy must play a prominent and urgent role in the upcoming Dutch elections and new session of parliament. Researchers from the Environmental Psychology Groningen expert group at the University of Groningen – Professor Linda Steg and associate professors Goda Perlaviciute and Ellen van der Werff – share some thoughts about what they would most like to hear from political parties as they release their election platforms, and more importantly what they want to see action taken on:

Time to talk about values, time to say no: What drives public participation in decision-making on abstract versus concrete energy projects?

One way to develop more socially acceptable energy projects is by engaging people with different values (i.e., guiding principles in people’s lives) from early on in decision-making.

From believing in climate change to adapting to climate change: The role of risk perception and efficacy beliefs

Are people more inclined to adapt to climate change if they believe that climate change is real, caused by human behavior, and/or brings negative consequences?

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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