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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. The project is funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO).

Main project

This project is part of project "Understanding environmental behaviour".

Researchers and partners

Behavioural and Social Sciences, Psychology
  • Thijs Bouman, Social Psychology
  • Berfu Ünal, Social Psychology
  • Linda Steg, Social Psychology
University of Groningen, outside of Behavioural and Socials Sciences
  • Marco Aiello, Computer Science
  • Ilche Georgievski, Computer Science
Partners outside of the University of Groningen
  • Chinese Academy of Social Sciences Beijing China


Courses connected to this project
  • Master Environmental Psychology
Selection of BA and MA student projects
  • Factors influencing sustainable energy use
  • Factors influencing sustainable energy use

University's focus areas

  • Energy
  • Sustainable Society
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