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


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. Reply to Wojtek Przepiorka: Testing goal-framing theory and hedonic hypocrisy

    Lindenberg, S., Steg, L., Milovanovic, M. & Schipper, A., 2019, In : Rationality & Society. 31, 3, p. 361-368 8 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

  2. Acceptability of wind energy: the role of trust and emotions

    Vrieling, L., Perlaviciute, G. & Steg, L., 4-Sep-2019.

    Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstractAcademic

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

    Linda Steg


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: ResearchProfessional

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

    Linda Steg


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Expert CommentProfessional

  3. Wals niet over mensen heen met klimaatmaatregelen

    Linda Steg


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  1. Effects of Different Dimensions of Trust on Public Acceptability of Energy Production

    Lu Liu (Speaker), Leonie Vrieling (Speaker), Goda Perlaviciute (Speaker), Thijs Bouman (Speaker), Linda Steg (Speaker)

    Activity: Talk or presentationAcademic

  2. Expert workshop ‘Environmental and Health Impacts of Microplastic Pollution - from scientific evidence to policy advice’, Group of Chief Science Advisors European Commission

    Linda Steg (Invited speaker), Sabine Pahl (Invited speaker), Lesley Henderson (Invited speaker)

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conferenceAcademic

  3. Motives for climate action

    Linda Steg (Speaker)

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  1. Best poster award

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


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