Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg


Environmental Psychology

Welcome to the Environmental Psychology Division!

We have grown! If you like to see the whole group, please check team members!





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.

Poster   Podiumsdiskussion

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 (Ende-Gelände), 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).


New Publication

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.


New Publication

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.


New Publication

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.


New Publication

Wallis, H., Nachreiner, M. & Matthies, E. (2016). Adolescents and electricity consumption; Investigating sociodemographic, economic, and behavioural influences on electricity consumption in household. 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.


New Publication

Schmidt, K. (2016). Explaining and promoting household food waste-prevention by an environmental psychological based intervention study. Resources, Conservation and Recycling, 111, 53-66.


New Publication

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.


New Publication

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.


New Publication

Wittenberg, I., & Fleury‐Bahi, G. (2016). Application of Sustainable Habitat: What is the Appropriation and Utilisation of Equipment After Energy‐Saving Renovations in Social Housing?. Journal of Community & Applied Social Psychology.


New Publication

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


Monday, January 18th  2016, our division was visited by Elise Amel, Christina Manning and 24 students from Minnesota.


Climate agreement

We are pleased about the Paris Climate Agreement: The access to a climate-friendly global economy is done!


New Publication


New Publication

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.


New Publication

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.


New Publication

Kastner, I. & Stern, P.C. (2015). Examining the decision-making processes behind household energy investments: A review. Energy Research & Social Science, 10, 72-89.


New Publication

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.


New Publication

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.


New Publication

Friedrichsmeier, T. & Matthies, E. (2015). Rebound Effects in Energy Efficiency – an Inefficient Debate? GAIA, 24 (2), 80-84.


New Publication

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.


New Publication

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.


New Publication

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.


Panel discussion

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.


New Publication

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.


New Publication

Krömker, D. & Matthies, E. (2014). Differences between Occasional Organic and Regular Organic Food Consumers in Germany. Food and Nutrition Sciences (5), 1914-1925.


New Publication

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.


New Publication

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.


New Publication

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.


New Publication

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).


New Publication

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.


New Publication

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.


New Publication

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

Here you will find further information.
New Publication

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.

New Publication

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.


New Publication

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!


New Publication

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.

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