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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.


Climate change perceptions as general antecedents of climate adaptation behaviour

Environmental values and identities at the personal and group level

From toilet to table: Value-tailored messages influence emotional responses to wastewater products

From values to climate action

I Am versus We Are: How Biospheric Values and Environmental Identity of Individuals and Groups Can Influence Pro-environmental Behaviour

Insights from early COVID-19 responses about promoting sustainable action

Is an Appeal Enough? The Limited Impact of Financial, Environmental, and Communal Appeals in Promoting Involvement in Community Environmental Initiatives

Theory enhances impact. Reply to: ‘The case for impact-focused environmental psychology’

Why Dutch officials take bribes: A toxic mix of factors

A decision tree method for explaining household gas consumption: The role of building characteristics, socio-demographic variables, psychological factors and household behaviour

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Het huis verduurzamen loont, maar keuzestress slaat snel toe

Zo kunnen slimme energiesystemen bijdragen bij aan de energietransitie

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?

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