I started my PhD at the University of Amsterdam in September 2018 under the supervision of Dr. Frenk van Harreveld and Dr. Hannah Nohlen. My work concerns consumer attitudes and behaviour towards climate change. In particular, the project has two aims: 1) to investigate what causes consumers to experience a sense of urgency to combat climate change and 2) how their environment as a consumer can be modified to make the translation of this sense of urgency into behaviour most likely. My PhD is part of a larger (mainly chemistry-focused) project led by Prof. Dr. Gert-Jan Gruter that is developing novel rigid bio-based plastics for large scale application.
Prior to my PhD, I graduated with a first-class Psychology Bachelor degree (BSc Hons) from the University of Stirling, UK (2016). I then proceeded to do a two-year Research Master in Social Psychology at the VU Amsterdam (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam), from which I graduated cum laude (in August 2018). During my time at the VU, I worked on a variety of topics: I collaborated with Dr. Francesca Righetti on a project about the dynamics of close relationships, I completed a year-long research internship under Dr. Joshua Tybur using an evolutionary perspective, and I wrote my master's thesis on different threat perceptions and ideology during the European Refugee crisis under the supervision of Dr. Jan-Willem van Prooijen.