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Accelerating social tipping points in sustainable behaviors: Insights from a dynamic model of moralized social change

In this Perspective, we propose a dynamic model of moralized social change that provides insights on how novel sustainable behaviors spread over society and how to speed up this process.

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.

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Accelerating social tipping points in sustainable behaviors: Insights from a dynamic model of moralized social change

In this Perspective, we propose a dynamic model of moralized social change that provides insights on how novel sustainable behaviors spread over society and how to speed up this process.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Climate Anxiety: A Research Agenda Inspired by Emotion Research

Climate anxiety refers to persistent, difficult-to-control apprehensiveness and worry about climate change. Research to better understand the prevalence, indicators, causes, and consequences of climate anxiety is needed, to which emotion researchers can make substantial contributions.

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?

Our publications

Accelerating social tipping points in sustainable behaviors: Insights from a dynamic model of moralized social change

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

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

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

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

Exploring energy geography: Data insights on household consumption

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

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

Individual Transilience in the Face of the COVID-19 Pandemic

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

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

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

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

Climate Anxiety: A Research Agenda Inspired by Emotion Research

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

Climate anxiety is about more than just personal risks

Gendered geography of energy consumption in the Netherlands

Which policy measures can motivate active mobility in rural and semi-rural areas?

The psychological distance of climate change is overestimated

Environmental Decision-Making in Times of Polarization

The role of partners, parents and friends in shaping young women’s reproductive choices in Peri-urban Nairobi: a qualitative study

An interdisciplinary understanding of energy citizenship: Integrating psychological, legal, and economic perspectives on a citizen-centred sustainable energy transition

Can we do more than “bounce back”? Transilience in the face of climate change risks

Cooking a pro-veg*n social identity: the influence of vegan cooking workshops on children’s pro-veg*n social identities, attitudes, and dietary intentions

An Integrated Human–Cyber–Physical Framework for Control of Microgrids

The importance of user acceptance, support, and behaviour change for the implementation of decentralized water technologies

When others control risks: Others-focused coping with risks from energy projects

Trust in institutions and public acceptability of risky energy production: Testing the causal relationships in the context of Groningen earthquakes

De Gruyter Handbook of Sustainable Entrepreneurship Research

Context matters: The role of perceived ease and feasibility vis-à-vis biospheric values in recycling behaviour

A social network perspective on involvement in community energy initiatives: The role of direct and extended social ties to initiators

A method to identify barriers to and enablers of implementing climate change mitigation options

To select effective interventions for pro-environmental behaviour change, we need to consider determinants of behaviour

Opposing out loud versus supporting in silence: who wants to participate in decision-making about energy projects?

Profiles of an Ideal Society: The Utopian Visions of Ordinary People

The politicisation of climate change attitudes in Europe

A spiral of (in)action: Empowering people to translate their values in climate action

The Importance of Institutional Capacity and Negotiation Capacity in Affordable Housing Agreements: The Potential for Collective Action in Melbourne, Australia

Distributed control of DC grids: Integrating prosumers’ motives

Corporate environmental responsibility leads to more pro-environmental behavior at work by strengthening intrinsic pro-environmental motivation

Unequal means more unfair means more negative emotions? Ethical concerns and emotions about an unequal distribution of negative outcomes of a local energy project

Designing for value-behaviour consistency: ethical choice architecture to stimulate sustainable meat purchase

Adding Dynamic Norm to Environmental Information in Messages Promoting the Reduction of Meat Consumption

Relationships between climate change perceptions and climate adaptation actions: policy support, information seeking, and behaviour

The role of trust in public acceptability of energy projects: Integrity versus competence

The role of trust in public acceptability of energy projects: Integrity versus competence

The impact of COVID-19 related regulations and restrictions on mobility and potential for sustained climate mitigation across the Netherlands, Sweden and the UK

The Role of Community in Understanding Involvement in Community Energy Initiatives

Towards Circular Economy for More Sustainable Apparel Consumption: Testing the Value-Belief-Norm theory in Brazil and in The Netherlands

Are subsidies for climate action effective? Two case studies in the Netherlands

Dietary behaviour as a form of collective action: A social identity model of vegan activism

De rol van menselijk gedrag is cruciaal voor een soepele landbouwtransitie

Demand-side solutions to climate change mitigation consistent with high levels of well-being

Contested climate policies and the four Ds of public participation: From normative standards to what people want

Engaging city residents in climate action: Addressing the personal and group value-base behind residents’ climate actions

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