Skip to ContentSkip to Navigation
How to find us T. (Thijs) Bouman, PhD

T. Bouman, PhD

Lecturer and research (Assistant Professor)

In my research I focus on how values affect environmental behaviours. I specifically focus on group and cultural values (e.g., China and the Netherlands), how they interact with personal values, and how they influence (collective) environmental behaviours. In addition, my research focuses on how technological innovations could be used to motivate and promote pro-environmental behaviours. Projects I currently work on:

TOP-UP: TOP-down energy projects as catalysts for bottom-UP local energy initiatives (https://www.top-up.info/)

Funded by ERA-Net Regional Energy Systems (H2020) & the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO).

TOP-UP studies how TOP-down initiated heat networks can play a central role in integrated regional energy systems, and investigates how these top-down actions can empower bottom-UP participation among local actors and sectors, as to achieve the regions ambitious energy targets.

TOP-UP incorporates expertise in modelling, automation, social sciences and practice to optimize regional energy systems. It focuses on the integration of heat and electricity networks, and identifies and fosters optimal levels of local actor/sector participation. TOP-UP aims to satisfy actors/sectors needs and preferences, and to optimize regional energy system performance.

TOP-UP develops tailored solutions for the Groningen (NL) and Copenhagen (DK) energy systems – which prioritize changes to their heat networks due to unique regional challenges – and studies how these solutions can be scaled and customized to other regions, making best use of local renewables and reducing the dependency on fossil fuels.

Research team: dr. Thijs Bouman, Prof. dr. Linda Steg (Environmental Psychology, University of Groningen), Prof. dr. Jacquelien Scherpen, dr. Michele Cucuzzella, dr. Juan Machado Martinez (ENgineering and TEchnology institute Groningen, Univerisity of Groningen), Prof. dr. Henrik Madsen, dr. Kenneth Leerbeck (Applied Mathematics, Technical University Denmark). Partners: Municipality of Groningen, PowerChainger, Buurkracht, Center Denmark, HHøje Taastrup Municipality, Høje Taastrup District Heating

---

MatchIT - Efficient demand and supply matching by incentivizing end-users in buildings (www.matchit.info)

Funded by ERA-Net Smart Energy Systems (H2020) & the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO).

The project aims to develop and test an interdisciplinary framework for a reliable, efficient, sustainable, and socially acceptable electricity grid with distributed generation and storage of energy. We develop control algorithms and an Information and Communication Technology (ICT) platform coupled with automation to optimize matching of demand and supply that are acceptable to users in buildings. We examine which type of automation, and which financial and social incentives are acceptable and effective to promote demand-supply matching among users. The control algorithms combine the physics and communication constraints of the electricity grid with user incentives. The platform interfaces users with the grid, thereby considering their needs, indoor information, congestion, prices and control signals, to coordinate the energy consumption of buildings. We first evaluate our framework in living-lab settings, and then implement it in the Power Matching City, a futuristic field lab in the Netherlands. The project is funded by the European Research Area Network – Smart Grid Plus.

Research team: dr. Thijs Bouman, prof. dr. Linda Steg (PI, Environmental Psychology, University of Groningen), prof. dr. Jacquelien Scherpen, dr. Michele Cucuzzella (ENgineering and TEchnology institute Groningen, Univerisity of Groningen), prof. dr. Marco Aiello, dr. Ilche Georgievski (Distributed Systems, University of Groningen), Carlo Fischione (Automatic Control group, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Electrical Engineering, Stockholm). Private partners: Metri and Watty

---

ERSAS - Incentives and algorithms for efficient, reliable and socially acceptable energy system integration

Project is funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO).

This project aims to study how to develop efficient, reliable, sustainable and socially acceptable (decentralised) energy system integration (ESI) from an interdisciplinary perspective. We will examine how to synergise infrastructure for gas, electricity and heat, and how to promote efficient use of such energy system by end users. In the psychological sub-project, we will examine the acceptability and effects of financial and social incentives that aim to encourage end-users to match energy demand to the local fluctuating supply of various renewable energy sources, as to increase the efficient use of the local energy grid. We will study the conditions under which different incentives are effective, as well why different incentives are (not) effective. Researchers from the Engineering and Technology Institute at the University of Groningen will examine how to synergise and couple infrastructure for gas, electricity and heat, and develop control algorithms that enhance the efficiency, stability and sustainability of such integrated energy systems. Together, we will study how effective incentives can be integrated in the algorithms aimed to control integrated energy systems. Also, we will study which factors affect the willingness of users to accept and use the proposed integrated system functionalities. The project is funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO).

Research team: Prof. dr. Linda Steg, dr. Thijs Bouman, Stephanie Johnson Zawadzki (PI, Environmental Psychology, University of Groningen), prof. dr. Jacquelien Scherpen,  dr. Shuai Feng (ENgineering and TEchnology institute Groningen, Univerisity of Groningen). Private partners: Alliander, Enexis, and TNO.

---

MERGE: Effective and acceptable energy management systems and user interfaces to match energy demand and supply

Project is funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO).

This project aims to develop an energy managing system and related user interface that can match demand and supply from various energy sources and that is likely to be adopted and properly employed by (potential) users. Future energy systems will integrate energy from various sources, that can be tailored to user preferences. To secure efficiency of the system, the system requires almost continuous decisions making. We will study the impact of user autonomy versus system automatisation in these decisions, as well as the effects of feedback to encourage energy conservation. We will collaborate with researchers from the faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences of the University of Groningen, in order to design effective and acceptable user interfaces. The project is funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO).

Research team: prof. dr. Linda Steg, dr. Thijs Bouman, Nieke Lemmen (PI; Environmental Psychology, University of Groningen), prof. dr. Marco Aiello, Laura Fiorini, MSc (Distributed systems, University of Groningen & University of Stuttgart). Private partners: GasTerra b.v., Gemeente Groningen, Groninger Economy Service Company (Gresco), Provincie Groningen, Sustainable Buildings B.V.

---

Finished projects:

BIGS - BeijIng Groningen Smart energy cities

The project is funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO).

Smart cities anticipate sustainable prosperity of their citizens. In order to accomplish this objective, the current development of cities is undergoing drastic technological shifts that need to be followed by innovative regulatory and behavioural changes with the final goal of increasing sustainability of cities. These changes require a strategy that integrates multiple disciplines and provides a comprehensive understanding and support from a psychological, technological and economic perspective. We propose an interdisciplinary framework that uses innovative and smart technologies to understand and promote sustainable use of energy and aid effective decisions by end-users. 

Research team: prof. dr. Marco Aiello, dr. Ilche Georgievski (Distributed Systems, University of Groningen), prof. dr. Linda Steg, dr. Thijs Bouman, dr. Berfu Ünal (Environmental Psychology, University of Groningen), prof. dr. Mei Bai, prof. dr. Pengfie Li, prof. dr. Dan Shi (PI), prof. dr. Xiaohua Xia, Yuting Li, Lei Wang (Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Institute of Industrial Economics).

---

EnergySense

Funded by Energy Academy Europe / University of Groningen

Research Advisor (European Commission Expert Contract) for the European Commission DG ENER’s group on project focusing on energy security in four European Union countries (Estonia, Greece, Portugal, the Netherlands). Research activities consist of assessing and understanding how much value (psychological and monetary) the European society (citizens, companies, energy companies) attaches to security of energy supplies. This understanding will be obtained by conducting specialized consumer surveys and will contribute to the implementation of the Energy Union Roadmap initiatives.

---

European Commission research project on Societal Appreciation of Security of energy Supply (SASOS)

Funded by European Commission 's Joint Research Center

Research Advisor (European Commission Expert Contract) for the European Commission DG ENER’s group on project focusing on energy security in four European Union countries (Estonia, Greece, Portugal, the Netherlands). Research activities consist of assessing and understanding how much value (psychological and monetary) the European society (citizens, companies, energy companies) attaches to security of energy supplies. This understanding will be obtained by conducting specialized consumer surveys and will contribute to the implementation of the Energy Union Roadmap initiatives.

---

Feeding the City / Almere / The psychology behind healthy and sustainable choices

Funded by Municipality of Almere

Within this research project we investigate how citizens of Almere perceive issues related to health, sustainability and society. More specifically, we want to know more about the underpinnings of these perceptions and opinions, especially in relation to the 2022 Floriade organized by Almere with the theme “Go Greener”.

--- 

PhD project: Local Globalism

Funded by Univerisity of Groningen

The Ph.D. project concerns the influence of threatening global situations (e.g., Arab rebellions) on local relations (e.g., within the Netherlands). Specifically, we study how people perceive threats from far away outgroups, and how these perceptions of distant intergroup threats impact more local relations with for instance immigrants. We connect our research to current situations, such as the Arab spring, the expansion of the European Union, global terrorist threats, and the global economic downturn.

Last modified:06 September 2020 1.47 p.m.

Contact information

Grote Kruisstraat 2/1, Heymans building, room 476

Job title:
Assistant Professor
Room:
476
Working hours:
mon, tue: 09:00 - 17:00h; wed, thu, fri: 09:00 - 14:00h
Telephone:

environmental psychology