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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.


Circular consumption to reduce environmental pressure: Potential of behavioural change in the Netherlands

Individual Transilience in the Face of the COVID-19 Pandemic

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

Environmental Decision-Making in Times of Polarization

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

Intrinsic motivation to act pro-environmentally

Met iedereen de transities in: Richtinggevende keuzes voor een klimaatneutraal en klimaatbestendig Nederland

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De effectiefste klimaatmaatregelen: ‘Alles helpt, dus een dag per week geen vlees draagt al bij’

Zal de daling van het energieverbruik doorzetten nu de gasprijs lager is?

Interview NRC, ‘Zal de daling van het energieverbruik doorzetten nu de gasprijs lager is?’

Interview Groendoen, ‘We kunnen het tij nog met elkaar keren’, najaar 2023

Wat kunnen burgers zelf doen tegen klimaatverandering?

Dit is Flevoland - Radio Flevoland

Des chercheuses se sont penchées sur les origines profondes de l'éco-anxiété

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