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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.


An integrated human-cyber-physical framework for control of microgrids

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

Climate Anxiety: A Research Agenda Inspired by Emotion Research

Climate anxiety is about more than just personal risks

From believing in climate change to adapting to climate change: The role of risk perception and efficacy beliefs

Psychology of Climate Change

The psychological distance of climate change is overestimated

Trust in institutions and public acceptability of risky energy production: Testing the causal relationships in the context of Groningen earthquakes

When others control risks: Others-focused coping with risks from energy projects

Worrying about the consequences of COVID-19 for distant others relates to mitigative actions

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Global Environmental Psychology - the latest journal on PsychOpen GOLD

Gaat Nederland lager stoken? Vooral als collega's en buren het ook doen

Uitnodiging: pitch jouw visie op het energiesysteem van de toekomst

Het is zó mooi op Spitsbergen, dus blijf weg

Ski-trips op de noordpool? ‘Laat het geen massatoerisme worden’

'De afweging tussen eigen genot en het wereldklimaat is elke dag weer moeilijk'

Duurzaam Groningen gelanceerd: Eén plek met alles over duurzamer doen in gemeente

Importante informe sobre el clima se centra en la elección individual

A new climate report finally highlights the importance of our decisions

A new climate report finally highlights the importance of our decisions

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