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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.


Relationships between climate change perceptions and climate adaptation actions: policy support, information seeking, and behaviour

The Role of Community in Understanding Involvement in Community Energy Initiatives

The role of trust in public acceptability of energy projects: Integrity versus competence

When you choose but not lose: Decreasing people’s desire for options on technological appliances

A Research Agenda to Better Understand the Human Dimensions of Energy Transitions

Afraid, angry or powerless? Effects of perceived risks and trust in responsible parties on emotions towards gasquakes in the Netherlands

Can we do more than 'bounce back'? Transilience in the face of climate change risks

Can We Do More Than "Bouncing Back"? Development and Validation of the Climate Change Transilience Scale

Car Ownership and Car Use: A Psychological Perspective

Climate change perceptions as general antecedents of climate adaptation behaviour

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Mensen zijn intrinsiek gemotiveerd om bij te dragen aan een beter milieu.

Wetenschap Vandaag.

Participation in joint energy initiatives: Financial motives are overestimated

Sustainable energy systems

Spinoza winnaar Nynke Dekker: we hebben de biologie dynamiek gegeven.

Spinozapremiewinnaar Nynke Dekker ziet op moleculair niveau hoe een virusremmer een virus stopt.

Een Spinoza en een Stevin

What motivates consumers to act sustainably?

Gaan we anders leven door warmer weer?

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