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. Using a Gaussian Graphical Model to Explore Relationships Between Items and Variables in Environmental Psychology Research

    Bhushan, N., Mohnert, F., Sloot, D., Jans, L., Albers, C. & Steg, L., 9-May-2019, In : Frontiers in Psychology. 10, 12 p., 1050.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

  2. The Psychology of Climate Change Adaptation

    van Valkengoed, A. & Steg, L., 4-May-2019, Elements in Applied Social Psychology. Clayton, S. (ed.). Cambridge University Press, (Cambridge Elements Series).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterAcademicpeer-review

  3. Effects of trust and public participation on acceptability of renewable energy projects in the Netherlands and China

    Liu, L., Bouman, T., Perlaviciute, G. & Steg, L., 20-Mar-2019, In : Energy Research and Social Science. 53, p. 137-144 8 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

  4. European attitudes to climate change and energy: Topline results from Round 8 of the European Social Survey

    Poortinga, W., Fisher, S., Bohm, G., Steg, L., Whitmarsh, L. & Ogunbode, C., 2018, University of London. 20 p. (ESS Topline Results Series; vol. 9)

    Research output: Book/ReportReportProfessional

  5. Die Bedeutung der Umweltpsychologie für die Naturtherapie

    Venhoeven, L. & Steg, L., 2019, Die Neuen Naturtherapien: Handbuch der Garten-, Landschafts-, Wald- und Tiergestützten Therapie, Green Care und Green Meditation. Petzold, H. G., Ellerbrock, B. & Hömberg, R. (eds.). Bielefeld: Aisthesis Verlag, p. 179-186 8 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)

    Linda Steg (Member)
    2006 → …

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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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