Ellen Matthies (Germany)

I have been professor for environmental psychology at the Otto‐von‐ Guericke‐University Magdeburg since December 2011. My main research field is man‐environment‐interactions with a focus on environmentally relevant behaviours (electricity use and car use) and decisions and theory driven development and evaluation of intervention measures to promote sustainable consumption. We offer a master program in psychology with a focus on environmental psychology. This master programme is unique in Germany. From August 2009 until November 2011 I held a position of Professor for Environmental Psychology at the NTNU, Trondheim, Norway. From 2003 to 2009 I was a member of the board of the “Fachgruppe Umweltpsychologie der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Psychologie”, an organization that established the biennial conference on environmental psychology, last one held in Groningen. Since 2013 I have been a member of the German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU).

Having guided several very practical research projects related to fields of applied social psychology and environmental psychology (funded by national Research Foundations (e.g. German DFG or Norwegian NFR), the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Ministry of Environment), or EU, I seek to establish a broader and transdisciplinary approach to topics of Sustainability, climate protection and adaption and lifestyle changes. To support societal transformation towards a sustainable society we, as scientific agents, need not only to reflect research topics and approaches jointly over disciplinary boundaries, moreover we have to reflect on criteria for good research practice and training of young researchers. IAPS has established discourses about exactly these topics since long, and I would be happy to be involved and contribute in the IAPS developments in these fields!


Ellen Matthies is an active researcher in the field of people‐environment studies, who has carried out collaborative research work on relevant topics within the environmental psychology in the European research area. Her experience and her presence in the IAPS board will encourage the efficiency of our organization.


I know Ellen Matthies and I strongly appreciate her competence as researcher in the field of people‐environment studies, as well as her strong commitment to the IAPS activities. I think she will be an excellent board member.