As a PhD student in the MoveMe project, I am working on the psychological factors that are important in a transformation to sustainable mobility. In particular, I am interested in the question of which motivational and emotional processes underlie people’s personal engagement for the mobility transition. The focus of my analyses is on the support of transport policy measures that reallocate public space to environmentally friendly modes of transport. Using identity theories as well as psychological research on the concept of norms, I seek to better understand opposition to and commitment to change in the mobility system.
Research project: MoveMe
Master's degree in psychology, specialization in social and environmental psychology
|2016 - 2019
Course of studies: cognitive psychology, learning and work
|2012 - 2015
Course of studies: Psychology
In order to achieve climate goals in the mobility sector, we need substantial changes in widespread mobility practices. Due to a long period of car-oriented urban design, the shift to environmentally friendly modes of transport is not without obstacles, especially in suburban and rural areas. Reallocating public space to cycling, walking, or public transport therefore is a key component of the mobility transition. However, this reallocation is a controversial issue that can spark political conflicts, conflicts between urban and suburban populations, or conflicts between different modes of transport. The dissertation project analyses what makes this topic such a conflictual one. For this purpose, the project investigates the perception of traffic policy measures and how group processes and associated normative beliefs influence the evaluation and support of these measures.
- What factors lead to the support of transport policy measures that reallocate public space to environmentally friendly modes of transport?
- How do shared norms regarding mobility behaviour and transport policy emerge in different social contexts?
- How is the reallocation of public space discussed and implemented in suburban and rural areas?
The project addresses these questions through surveys in the Hanover region and experimental study designs.
Editorships and Contributions
Ruhrort, L. and Allert, V. (2021) Conceptualizing the Role of Individual Agency in Mobility Transitions: Avenues for the Integration of Sociological and Psychological Perspectives. Front. Psychol. 12:623652. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2021.623652
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