Welcome to the Environmental Psychology Division!
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Our Issue: Environmental Psychology and the Transformation towards Sustainability
We are involved with psychological research related to the Transformation towards Sustainability. The latter we understand both as top-down process, that is a political process of change to achieve the climate targets of reduced greenhouse gas emissions, as well as a bottom-up process, which is promoted through individual commitment on a level of social interaction aiming for a solidary quality of life. Consequently, important research fields we deal with are possible surrounding conditions of the great transition (e.g. political instruments, settings reducing greenhouse gases, possible implementations). At this juncture, we are interested in how these conditions are in accordance with human needs and their perception of justice, as well as how a pluralistic view on the room for manoeuvre within the changing surrounding conditions affects individuals. If climate targets are taken seriously, local and national structural changes must be initiated immediately. This is not only concerning coal mining, but also Coal Power Generation, transport and mobility, meat consumption and buildings. Our chair addresses topics in their overall width, particularly within the framework of inter- and transdisciplinary projects.
1. Psychological knowledge to participate in change
To achieve an active acceptance of new technologies a precise and well-informed psychological view is crucial. For example, this affects investments in and application of alternative dynamics, solar heat and green energy. Great changes are also needed in infrastructure (wind farms, dismantling streets, urban restructuring) and new behaviours. Projects we currently work on or recently finished:
- Investments in electromobility, decarbonisation of heat supply in households
- dismantling streets, a new allocation of traffic space, implementation of depots for cargo bikes in city centres,
- sustainable nourishment, IP-gardens, new ways of nourishment
2. Psychological Knowledge on formation of surrounding conditions
We are focusing on the question of how guiding interventions such as regulations or pricing affect quality of life for different groups and in which configuration they are perceived as just. Projects we currently work on or recently finished:
- The relation between environmental awareness, quality of life and CO2 footprint (GLAMURS)
- Sustainable decision behaviour according to target groups (Generation Klimawandel)
- Impacts of measures on groups of low-income (energy poverty)
- Psychologically informed configuration of CO2 tax models (KlimaHand)
3. Psychological knowledge on the arrangement of measures
Eventually, we are concerned with the concrete psychological informing of support measures, therefore the supervision of precise measures and consideration of possible side effects (rebound). Here, the strands of research 1 and 2 are combined. Projects we currently work on or recently finished:
- Measures to promote E-mobility (ENavi I)
- Incentive Measures within the energetic optimizing of buildings and urban planning (Build4People)
- Configuration of Smart Meters (EnergyTrans)
- Measures to promote efficient usage pattern (ECHO, ENVIRON)
Vita, G., Ivanova, D., Dumitru, A., García-Mira, R., Carrus, G., Stadler, K., Krause, K., Wood, R. & Hertwich, E. G. (2020). Happier with less? Members of European environmental grassroots initiatives reconcile lower carbon footprints with higher life satisfaction and income increases. Energy Research & Social Science, 60, 101329.
Kastner, I. & Wittenberg, I. (2019). How Measurements “Affect” the Importance of Social Influences on Household’s Photovoltaic Adoption - A German Case Study. Sustainability, 11(19), 5175.
Gölz, S., Langer, K., Becker, A., Götte, S., Marxen, T., & Berneiser, J. (2019). Akzeptanz und Konflikte als Zustände regionaler sozialer Prozesse. Anwendung eines transdisziplinären Analyserahmens. In: C. Fraune, M. Knodt, S. Gölz & K. Langer (eds.), Akzeptanz und politische Partizipation in der Energietransformation (pp. 85-108). Wiesbaden: Springer.
Schmidt, K. (2019). Predicting the consumption of expired food by an extended Theory of Planned Behavior. Food Quality and Preference, 78, 1-13.
Blöbaum, A. & Matthies, E. (2019). Eine Frage der richtigen Strategie Psychologische Faktoren für (umwelt-)politisches Engagement. Politische Ökologie, 156, 80-85.
Blöbaum, A. & Wallis, H. (2019). Freiwilligenarbeit im Naturschutz Motivation und Hemmnisse. Natur und Landschaft, 94(3), 98-102.
Schmidt, K. (2018). Häusliche Lebensmittelverschwendung im Fokus umweltpsychologischer Interventionsforschung - Eine Untersuchung zum individuellen Spontankaufverhalten privater Konsument*innen. Umweltpsychologie, 22(2), 119-152.
Assmann, T., Bobeth, S., & Fischer, E. (2019). A Conceptual Framework for Planning Transhipment Facilities for Cargo Bikes in Last Mile Logistics. In E. Nathanail, I. Karakikes (eds.), Data Analytics: Paving the Way to Sustainable Urban Mobility. CSUM 2018. Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing, (pp. 575-582), vol 879. Cham: Springer.
Matthies, E. (2018). Wenn 80% ihren Lebensstil ändern, ist dann die Große Transformation gelungen? Überlegungen zur transformativen Rolle der Umweltpsychologie. Umweltpsychologie, 22(1), 131-138.
Stern, P.C., Wittenberg, I., Wolske, K.S., & Kastner, I. (2018). Household Production of Photovoltaic Energy: Issues in Economic Behavior. In A. Lewis (ed.), The Cambridge Handbook of Psychology and Economic Behaviour (pp. 541-566). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Wittenberg, I., & Matthies, E. (2018). How Do PV Households Use Their PV System and How is This Related to Their Energy Use? Renewable Energy, 122, 291-300.
Wittenberg, I., Blöbaum, A. & Matthies, E. (2018). Environmental motivations for energy use in PV households: Proposal of a modified norm activation model for the specific context of PV households. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 55, 110-120.
Bobeth, S. & Matthies, E. (2017). New opportunities for electric car adoption: the case of range myths, new forms of subsidies, and social norms. Energy Efficiency.
Matthies, E. (2017). Vom Umweltbewusstsein zur solidarischen Lebensqualität - Ein Blick in jüngste Vergangenheit und Zukunft der Umweltpsychologie.
Umweltpsychologie, 21(1), 94-100.
Steinhorst, J. & Klöckner, C. A. (2017). Effects of Monetary Versus Environmental Information Framing: Implications for Long-Term Pro-Environmental Behavior and Intrinsic Motivation. Environment & Behavior. 1-35.
Frohn, H.-W., Blöbaum, A., Küster, H., Mende, A., Peters, M. & Ziemek, H.-P. (2017). Empfehlungen zur Erhöhung der regionalen Akzeptanz bei der Ausweisung von Nationalparks - auf der Basis der Analyse ausgewählter Nationalparkausweisungen von 1968-2009 [Recommendations to increase regional acceptance of the designation of national parks - based on the analysis of selected designations of national parks from 1968 to 2009]. Natur und Landschaft, 92(2), 76-81.
Matthies, E., Bobeth, S., Klöckner, C. A. & Schippl, J. (2017). Zur besseren Verbreitung von Elektroautos Was können wir in Deutschland von Norwegen lernen? In J. Schippl, A. Grunwald, O. Renn (Hrsg.), Die Energiewende verstehen orientieren gestalten. Erkenntnisse aus der Helmholtz-Allianz ENERGY-TRANS (S.531-546). Baden-Baden: Nomos.
Vögele, S., Matthies, E., Kastner, I., Buchgeister, J., Kleemann, M., Ohlhorst, D. & Nast, M. (2017). Reduktion des gebäuderelevanten Energiebedarfs als Herausforderung für die Energiewende. Sechs Thesen zu unterschätzten Barrieren und Potenzialen [Reduction of building-related energy demand as a challenge for the Energy Transition. Six theses about underestimated barriers and potentials]. In In J. Schippl, A. Grunwald, O. Renn (Hrsg.), Die Energiewende verstehen orientieren gestalten. Erkenntnisse aus der Helmholtz-Allianz ENERGY-TRANS [Energiewende: understanding orienting shaping. New findings of Helmholtz Alliance ENERGY-TRANS] (S.513-529). Baden-Baden: Nomos.
Use participatory processes for the development of a solidary lifestyle!
Lecture held by Ellen Matthies as part of the symposium „The implementation of the Paris Agreement: is the direction correct?“on the occasion of the awarding of the German Environmental Prize, Würzburg, 29 October 2016
Humanity on the move: Unlocking the transformative power of cities
Lecture held by Ellen Matthies as part of the lecture series "Urban environments in transformation" provided by the Berliner Akademie Seniorenuniversität at the Charité, Berlin, 19 October 2016
From consumers to citizens - How can we overcome barriers of the great transformation of the energy system from a psychological view?
Lecture held by Ellen Matthies as part of the 7. Branchentags Photovoltaik NRW, on 28 September 2016 in Düsseldorf
Public poster session and panel discussion with citizens in Leipzig
On 18 September 2016, within the 50th Conference of the German Society for Psychology, a poster session with a subsequent panel discussion about "Die Energiewende vor meiner Haustür - Was kann Umweltpsychologie zum Gelingen der Energiewende beitragen? [The energy transition on my doorstep - What can environmental psychology contribute to the success of the energy transition?]" was organized by our department at the University of Leipzig.
This public event offered a forum to interested citizens of Leipzig as well as of the region around Leipzig to discuss the challenges of the energy transition with researchers and political actors from the region.
Participants in the panel discussion were: Dr. Anke Blöbaum (OvGU Magdeburg), Prof. Dr. Gundula Hübner (Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg/MSH), Alexander Wernke (Klimakollektiv), Karen Hamann (Initiative Psychologie im Umweltschutz: IPU e.V.), Heiko Reinhold and Joachim Krause (Environmental commissioners LK Sachsen), Prof. Dr. Ellen Matthies (WBGU), Dr. Gerhard Reese (Friedrich Schiller University Jena) and Ines Thronicker (UFZ Leipzig).
Wittenberg, I., & Matthies, E. (2016). Solar policy and practice in Germany: How do residential households with solar panels use electricity? Energy Research & Social Science, 21, 199-211.
Schmidt, K. (2016). What a Waste! Developing the Food Waste-Preventing Behaviors Scale A Useful Tool to Promote Household Food Waste-Prevention. International Journal of Food and Nutritional Science, 3 (3), 1-14.
Schmidt, K., Kastner, I. & Nachreiner, M. (2016). Bedeutung und Besonderheiten wahrgenommener Quellenglaubwürdigkeit bei umweltrelevanten Verhaltensentscheidungen [The importance and the special features of perceived source credibility in environmental behavior choices]. Umweltpsychologie, 20 (1), 107-126.
Wallis, H., Nachreiner, M. & Matthies, E. (2016). Adolescents and electricity consumption; Investigating sociodemographic, economic, and behavioural influences on electricity consumption in households. Energy Policy, 94, 224-234.
On April 25th 2016, the new WBGU report "Der Umzug der Menschheit: Die transformative Kraft der Städte" ["Humanity on the move: Unlocking the transformative power of cities"] was presented to the German Federal Government.
Here you will find further information.
Schmidt, K. (2016). Explaining and promoting household food waste-prevention by an environmental psychological based intervention study. Resources, Conservation and Recycling, 111, 53-66.
Kastner, I., & Matthies, E. (2016). Investments in renewable energies by German households: A matter of economics, social influences and ecological concern?. Energy Research & Social Science, 17, 1-9.
Steinhorst, J., & Matthies, E. (2016). Monetary or environmental appeals for saving electricity? Potentials for spillover on low carbon policy acceptability. Energy Policy, 93, 335-344.
A very warm welcome to Iliyana Wenge!
From April 1st 2016 on she will be part of our team.
Wittenberg, I., & FleuryBahi, G. (2016). Application of Sustainable Habitat: What is the Appropriation and Utilisation of Equipment After EnergySaving Renovations in Social Housing?. Journal of Community & Applied Social Psychology.
Bobeth, S. & Matthies, E. (2016). Elektroautos: Top in Norwegen, Flop in Deutschland? Empfehlungen aus Sicht der Umweltpsychologie [Electric Cars: Flourishing in Norway, Flopping in Germany? Suggestions from an Environmental Psychology Standpoint]. GAIA, 25 (1), 38-48.
International Helmholtz workshop
Group photo taken at the end of our international workshops on electricity consumption in residential households with solar photovoltaic (PV)-systems and on the Perspectives of E-mobility in residential households, November 17th and 18th at the OvGU in Magdeburg.
Visitors from the United States
We are pleased about the Paris Climate Agreement: The access to a climate-friendly global economy is done!
Matthies, E., & Klöckner, C. A. (2015). Car-fixation, socialization, and opportunities for change. In Hickman, R., Bonilla, D., Givoni, M., & Banister, D. (eds.), Handbook on Transport and Development (pp. 491-501). Edward Elgar Publishing.
Nachreiner, M., Mack, B., Matthies, E. & Tampe-Mai, K. (2015). An analysis of smart metering information systems: A psychological model of self-regulated behavioural change. Energy Research & Social Science, 9, 85-97.
Kastner, I. & Stern, P.C. (2015). Examining the decision-making processes behind household energy investments: A review. Energy Research & Social Science, 10, 72-89.
Steinhorst, J., Klöckner, C. A. & Matthies, E. (2015). Saving electricity e For the money or the environment? Risks of limiting pro-environmental spillover when using monetary framing. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 43, 125-135.
Lauper, E., Moser, S., Fischer, M., Matthies, E. & Kaufmann-Hayoz, R. (2015). Psychological Predictors of Eco-Driving: A Longitudinal Study. Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour, 33, 27-37.
Friedrichsmeier, T. & Matthies, E. (2015). Rebound Effects in Energy Efficiency an Inefficient Debate? GAIA, 24 (2), 80-84.
Matthies, E., & Wallis, H. (2015). Family socialization and sustainable consumption. In L. A. Reisch, & J. Thøgersen (eds.), Handbook of Research on Sustainable Consumption (pp. 268-284). Edward Elgar Publishing.
Van der Wal, R., Fischer, A., Selge, S. & Larson, B. M. H. (2015). Neither the public nor experts judge species primarily on their origins. Environmental Conservation, 1-7.
Lauper, E., Moser, S., Fischer, M. & Matthies, E. (2015). Explaining Car Drivers’ Intention to Prevent Road-Traffic Noise: An Application of the Norm Activation Model. Environment & Behavior, 1-28.
Environmental psychology achievements and potentials of behavioral sciences.
Lecture held by Ellen Matthies as part of the "Sustainability Conference of Saxony-Anhalt".
Wednesday, January 28th 2015, State Agency for Flood Defence and Water Management of Saxony-Anhalt, Magdeburg.
Global agreements is the fail inevitable?
Panel discussion with Ellen Matthies, Dr. Heike Kuhn (Undersecretary in the Department for Millennium Development Goals and the Reduction of Poverty, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, Bonn) and Christine von Weizsäcker (President of Women in Europe for a Common Future (WECF), biologist and environmental activist, Munich) as part of the 2015 Dialogue Forums: "Climate, poverty, catastrophes save the world!" of the Munich Re Foundation.
Tuesday, January 20th 2015, Munich Re Foundation, Munich.
Jaeger-Erben, M. & Matthies, E. (2014). Urbanisierung und Nachhaltigkeit Umweltpsychologische Perspektiven auf Ansatzpunkte, Potentiale und Herausforderungen für eine nachhaltige Stadtentwicklung [Urbanization and Sustainability Perspectives of Environmental Psychology on Starting points, Potentials and Challenges for a Sustainable Urban Development]. Umweltpsychologie, 18 (2), 10-30.
New ways in participation communications.
Lecture held by Anke Blöbaum as part of the workshop "Psychology in communications about conservation" - Conservation, ecological crisis and the individual's role.
Wednesday, November 5th 2014, German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation - International Academy for Nature Conservation, Isle of Vilm.
Tasks and challenges of Environmental Psychology.
Lecture held by Anke Blöbaum as part of the meeting of the the Association of German Psychologists of Central Germany ("BDP Mitteldeutschland").
Monday, October 20th 2014 at 6.00 p.m., OvGU Magdeburg.
Social conditions and discourse for energy tournaround? Chances and risks, synergies and competing goals.
Lecture held by Anke Blöbaum at the 32nd German Nature Conservation Day.
Thursday, September 11th 2014, Electoral Palace in Mainz.
Krömker, D. & Matthies, E. (2014). Differences between Occasional Organic and Regular Organic Food Consumers in Germany. Food and Nutrition Sciences (5), 1914-1925.
Ando, K., Yorifuji, K., Ohnuma, S., Matthies, E., Kanbara, A. (2015). Transmitting pro-environmental behaviours to the next generation: A comparison between Germany and Japan. Asian Journal of Social Psychology, 18, 134-144.
Fischer, A., Selge, S., van der Wal, R. & Larson, B. M. H. (2014). The Public and Professionals Reason Similarly about the Management of Non-Native Invasive Species: A Quantitative Investigation of the Relationship between Beliefs and Attitude. PLOS One, 9 (8), 1-10.
Kastner, I. & Matthies, E. (2014). Motivation and Impact. Implications of a Twofold Perspective on Sustainable Consumption for Intervention Programs and Evaluation Designs. GAIA, 23 (1), 175-183.
Blöbaum, A. & Matthies, E. (2014). Motivationale Barrieren für das Engagement von Bürgerinnen und Bürgern in formellen Beteiligungsverfahren [Motivational barriers for the engagement of citizens within formal participation procedures]. Natur und Landschaft, 89 (6), 259-263.
From Knowledge to Action? Psychological contributions to energy tournaround.
Lecture held by Anke Blöbaum under the lecture series "People who live in greenhouses should not throw a piece of coal!".
Wednesday, July 2nd 2014 at 4.40 p.m. - 6.10 p.m., TU Dresden.
Measures for Promoting Environmental Friendly Behaviour.
Lecture held by Anke Blöbaum.
Thursday, June 26th 2014, Wegener Center for Climate and Global Change, Graz.
The importance of energy tournaround for the consumer.
Lecture held by Ellen Matthies as part of the Leopoldina dialogue «Saxony-Anhalt - pioneer in energy transition?».
Thursday, April 4th 2014, Halle (Saale).
Bratt, C., Stern, P.C., Matthies, E. & Nenseth, V. (2014). Home, Car Use, and Vacation: The Structure of Environmentally Significant Individual Behavior. Environment & Behavior, 1-38.
10th Biennial Conference on Environmental Psychology
We are happy to finally present you the video recordings of the
keynote lectures of the conference.
You will find videos of all keynote lectures of the conference here.
Homburg, A., Nachreiner, M. & Fischer, D. (2013). Die BINK-Strategie zur Förderung nachhaltigen Konsumverhaltens und nachhaltiger Konsumkultur in Bildungsorganisationen - Weiterentwicklung auf der Basis einer formativen Evaluation [The BINK-strategy for promoting sustainable consumption behavior and a culture of sustainable consumption in educational institutions - advancement of the strategy on the basis of a formative evaluation]. In G. Michelsen & D. Fischer (Hrsg.), Nachhaltig konsumieren lernen. Ergebnisse aus dem Projekt BINK ("Bildungsinstitutionen und nachhaltiger Konsum") [Learning how to consume sustainably. Results from the project BINK (“Educational Institutions and Sustainable Consumption”)] (S. 185-213). Bad Homburg: VAS-Verlag.
Blättel-Mink, B., Brohmann, B., Defila, R., Di Giulio, A., Fischer, D., Fuchs, D., Gölz, S., Götz, K., Homburg, A., Kaufmann-Hayoz, R., Matthies, E., Michelsen, G., Schäfer, M., Tews, K., Wassermann, S. & Zundel, S. (2013). Consumer-Messages. What researchers advise for shaping society towards sustainable consumption. Stuttgart: S. Hirzel Verlag.
From Knowledge to Action - Psychological Paths towards Energy Conservation
Lecture held by Anke Blöbaum under the eco-social lecture series of the STURA.
Tuesday, January 14th 2014, Technical University of Chemnitz.
Here you will find further information.
Psychological Approaches for Promoting Environmental Friendly Behaviour
Lecture held by Anke Blöbaum under the lecture series "the Environment as an area of conflicts".
Wednesday, December 18th 2013, Technical University of Dresden.
The user in the energy system - interfering factor or actor?
Lecture by Ellen Matthies within the „Energy in Development Lecture Series".
Tuesday, December 3rd 2013, Technical University of Berlin.
Here you will find further information.
Asia Pacific International Conference on Environment-Behavior Studies
24-26th February 2014
Organized by Prof. Dr. Mohamed Yusoff , Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia
Co-hosted by Prof. Dr. Ellen Matthies, Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg, Germany
Matthies, E. (2013). Nutzerverhalten im Energiesystem. Erkenntnisse und Forschungsfragen aus der Psychologie [User behavior in the energy system. Insights and research questions from psychology]. Technikfolgenabschätzung. Theorie und Praxis, 22 (2), 36-42.
Klöckner, C.A., Sopha, B.M., Matthies, E. & Bjørnstad, E. (2013). Energy efficiency in Norwegian households - identifying motivators and barriers with a focus group approach. International Journal of Environment and Sustainable Development, 12 (4), 396-415.
Kastner, I. & Matthies, E. (2014). Implementing web-based interventions to promote energy efficient behavior at organizations - a multi-level challenge. Journal of Cleaner Production, 62 (1), 89-97.
On the 8th of May, Prof. Dr. Ellen Matthies has been appointed as member of the WGBU (Wissenschaftlicher Beirat der Bundesregierung Globale Umweltveränderungen = Scientific advisory board of the German Government for global environmental changes).
The WBGU was founded in 1992, as an independent scientific advisory board for the conference in Rio.
Here you will find further information.
The influence of social ties and local circumstances on the waste station management: The quasi-experimental design survey in Sapporo, Japan.
Guest lecture by Yasuhiro Mori, Hokeido University, Sapporo, Japan.
Thursday, January 31st 2013 at 1 p.m., OvGU, Bldg. 24, R312.
A very warm welcome to Hannah Wallis!
From February 1st 2013 on she will be part of our team.
Using stage models of behavioral change for intervention development - A promising approach or a dead end?
Guest lecture by Prof. Sebastian Bamberg, FH Bielefeld within the Environmental Psychology Research Colloquium.
Thursday, January 31st 2013 at 11 a.m., OvGU, Bldg. 24, R312.
10th Environmental Psychology Conference September 22-25 2013 in Magdeburg -
Call for Papers and Contributions.
A very warm welcome to Julia Steinhorst!
From January 1st 2013 on she will be part of our team.
The role of psychology in the transition process towards a sustainable society - invitation to an interdisciplinary expert discussion and lecture by Paul Stern
On Tuesday, November 20th 2012, an interdisciplinary discussion on the topic of “Transformation of the energy system” will take place in the Senate hall (building 05, room 205).
Prof. Paul C. Stern, National Research Council Washington, is going to open the discussion with his lecture on “The Role of psychology in the transition process towards a sustainable society”.
The event begins at 6.15 p.m. A cordial invitation to all colleagues and students who are interested!
Friedrichsmeier, T., Matthies, E. & Klöckner, C. A. (2013). Explaining stability in travel mode choice: An empirical comparison of two concepts of habit. Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour 16, 1-13.
Changing sustainability relevant routines in organizations - from intervention studies to diffusion of change.
Keynote by Ellen Matthies within the „STEEP - Summer school on Theories in Environmental and Economic Psychology”.
Monday, July 2nd, 2012 at 4 p.m., Aarhus University, Denmark
You find the podcast here.
Our Issue: Environmental Psychology and the Transformation towards Sustainability