prof. dr. E.M. (Linda) Steg



Research interests

My main research interests focus on understanding environmental behaviour, in particular household energy use and car use. I am especially interested in understanding which individual and situational factors affect intrinsic motivation to act pro-environmentally. Also, I study which factors affect the effectiveness and acceptability of environmental policy and technology. I am involved in various interdisciplinary research projects that aim to understand how to realise a sustainable energy transition. Among other activities, I am past-president of the Environmental Division of the International Association of Applied Psychology, member of the Advisory Group on Energy for Horizon 2020, member of the Board of Directors of the University of Twente, member of the scientific board of the Groningen Energy and Sustainability Program, and associated member of the Dutch Council for the Environment and Infrastructure. Also, I coordinate the European PERSON platform (see that aims to unite and advise socio-economic research on the human dimensions of sustainable energy transtiions aimed to promote a secure, clean and efficient energy system.

  1. Mind the gap: The implications of not acting in line with your planned actions after installing solar photovoltaics

    Peters, A. M., van der Werff, E. & Steg, L., 26-Jun-2019, In : Frontiers in Psychology. 10, 10 p., 1423.

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  2. In it for the money, the environment, or the community? Motives for being involved in community energy initiatives

    Sloot, D., Jans, L. & Steg, L., Jul-2019, In : Global Environmental Change. 57, 101936.

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  3. A meta-analysis of factors related to recycling

    Geiger, J. L., Steg, L., van der Werff, E. & Ünal, A. B., 18-May-2019, In : Journal of Environmental Psychology. 64, p. 78-97 20 p.

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Press / Media
  1. ‘(Milieu)winst of niet, de nonchalante automobilist pompt zijn banden niet op

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  2. Interview on IPCC SR1.5, NOS news, October 8 2018

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  3. Wals niet over mensen heen met klimaatmaatregelen

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  1. One Earth (External organisation)

    Linda Steg (Member)
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  2. International Association for Applied Psychology (External organisation)

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  3. Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) (External organisation)

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  1. Best poster award

    Daniel Sloot (Recipient), Lise Jans (Recipient) & Linda Steg (Recipient), 2017


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