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Decision making, Environmental psychology and Economic psychology

Decision-making, environmental, economic, and political psychology are summarized in a more comprehensive social psychology that, through different areas of research, seeks knowledge with relevance for understanding important societal problems and their solutions.

Decision making is part of everything we do. Decisions are made individually, in groups, and at the organizational level, and the quality of our decisions can have large consequences for ourselves and for society. Psychological research on judgment and decision making studies how we choose among different options and how we judge probability and risk.

Environmental psychology investigates psychological processes associated with how humans affect the environment, but also how humans are affected by their physical surroundings. Issues include how, when, and why people take action with regards to sustainable resource management and lifestyle, with consequences on, for example, consumption and transport. Another question is how environmentally friendly behaviour and behavioural change relates to the wellbeing of the environment, animals, and humans.

Economic psychology studies how people consume, invest, and save, but also how economic factors contribute to wellbeing.

Political psychology focuses on issues such as ideological polarisation, and decision making among political actors and voters. Another question is why people (do not) accept political measures to tackle climate change (for example carbon tax).

Collaboration The University has a tradition of societal engagement and collaborates with many partners outside academia. One such partner is media. Through our contacts with media, we have the opportunity to inform the general public about our research results. Our research always aims to benefit the public.




Lars-Olof Johansson, Professor
Social justice, moral choice, environmental behaviour, resource assessments

Cecilia J Bergstad, Senior lecturer/Associate professor
Motivation, Attitudes, attitude change, norms, behavioral change, acceptability of environmental policies, sustainable transportation and mobility, well-being

Martin Hedesström, Senior lecturer/Associate professor
Judgement and decision making, nudging, economic psychology, stock market psychology

Andreas Nilsson, Professor
Attitudes, attitude change, norms, behavioral change, policies

André Hansla, Senior lecturer/Associate professor
Attitudes, judgements, risk taking, scarcity

Niklas Fransson, Senior lecturer/Associate professor
Psychology of music, morality, social psychology

Sandra Buratti, Senior lecturer/Associate professor
Assessments and decisions in relation to knowledge and memory; styles of decision making; stress; the psychology of ageing

Chris von Borgstede, Senior lecturer/Associate professor
Attitudes, attitude change, norms, behavioral change, sustainable energy behaviours

Carl-Christian Trönnberg, Senior lecturer
Collective intelligence in agile teams

Magnus Bergquist, Researcher/lecturer
Behavioral change, Interventions, social norms, social influence, meta-analysis

Érika Martins Silva Ramos, Researcher/lecturer
Urban mobility, Bayesian statistics,, behavioral change, consumer behavior, economic psychology

Erik Sturén, PhD candidate
Resource scarcity in the Swedish school system

Amos Pagin, PhD candidate
Cognitive psychology, cognitive neuroscience

Courses - Judgement and decision making

How do we make decisions? How do we make judgements that we base our decisons on? Decison making takes many different forms, such as individual, group, or on organizational levels.

Courses - Environmental Psychology

Environmental psychology investigates how people affect the environment but also how the physical surroundings affect people. It is a broad area that can be seen for different angles.

Courses - Political Psychology

Political psychology focuses on issues such as ideological polarisation, and decision making among political actors and voters. Another question is why people (do not) accept political measures to tackle climate change (for example carbon tax).