I completed my first and second degrees in Psychology at the University of Heidelberg, Germany. Through my specification in Clinical and Health Psychology I gained insight into theories and practices of behaviour change. I started to develop an interest in the application of those theories in contexts outside the area of physical and mental health (such as pro-social, pro-environmental or moral behaviour). The idea of collaborating with other disciplines and applying Psychological knowledge in order to understand and solve pressing environmental and social problems strongly appealed to me. This PhD has provided me with the opportunity to apply Psychological theories to the challenge of climate change mitigation in an interdisciplinary research environment.

Additional Contacts

Room No: ENV 01.04A
Tel No: +44 (0)1603 591411

Key Research Interests

My research interests are in the field of Environmental Psychology. I am interested in individuals’ perceptions of environmental problems and Climate Change in particular. I am looking at motivations for and obstacles to pro-environmental behaviour and interventions to promote environmental friendly behaviour. Further I am interested in applying ideas derived from Economic Game Theory to the area of pro-environmental behaviour. Both fields of research touch on theories of moral development and justice.

My PhD

My PhD research applies the concept of social dilemmas to Climate Change mitigation. A social dilemma describes a situation where personal interests are in conflict with collective interests. Questions that arise when applying this concept to Climate Change mitigation are: Do people perceive Climate Change mitigation as a social dilemma? Is it possible to promote the perception of Climate Change mitigation as a social dilemma? What are the effects of such a perception on pro-environmental behaviour and acceptance of environmental policies? Answers to these questions will enable recommendations for more effective environmental campaigns and a possible path to wider acceptance of environmental policies.

Research Group Membership

My supervisors are Dr Charlie Wilson (ENV), Dr Piers Fleming (SWP) and Dr Irene Lorenzoni (ENV).
I am thankful for the continuous interdisciplinary exchange of ideas at the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research.
Additional funding for an online study came from the Centre for Behavioural and Experimental Social Science (CBESS).