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About us Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences Psychology Research Units Environmental Psychology

BeijIng Groningen Smart energy cities (BIGS)

Social Psychology

Smart cities anticipate sustainable prosperity of their citizens. In order to accomplish this objective, the current development of cities is undergoing drastic technological shifts that need to be followed by innovative regulatory and behavioural changes with the final goal of increasing sustainability of cities. These changes require a strategy that integrates multiple disciplines and provides a comprehensive understanding and support from a psychological, technological and economic perspective. We propose an interdisciplinary framework that uses innovative and smart technologies to understand and promote sustainable use of energy and aid effective decisions by end-users.

Researchers and partners

Behavioural and Social Sciences, Psychology
University of Groningen, outside of Behavioural and Socials Sciences
Partners outside of the University of Groningen
  • Dan Shi - Institute of Industry Economics, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, CASS, Beijing


Selection of BA and MA student projects
  • Wat motiveert duurzaam gedrag op de werkvloer?
  • How groups can motivate individuals to act more sustainable


  • Georgievski, I., & Bouman, T. (2016). On the relationship between automation and occupants in smart buildings. 240-241.

University's focus areas

  • Energy
  • Sustainable Society
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