Veröffentlichung: „A Qualitative Study to Explain the Factors Influencing Mental Health after a Flooding“ in Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 20(1) 2023

What are the protective factors and stressors for the mental health of the young population after extreme weather events in Germany? Nine semi-structured interviews with representatives of occupational groups providing care to children, adolescents, and political stakeholders were conducted in Simbach am Inn, a German town affected by flooding in 2016. Abstract: ...

Veröffentlichung: „Do they care about sufficiency? Exploring ethical consumers’ food shopping preferences and behavior“ in Umweltpsychologie 26(1) 2022

Abstract: This qualitative study addresses the question what food shopping preferences self-identified ethical consumers have and whether they are able to translate them into respective shopping behavior. Special focus is thereby laid on the question whether they care about sufficiency. We firstly investigate what food shopping preferences self-identified ethical consumers have and which of them meet sufficiency criteria. Secondly, we aim to find characteristic food shopping preference patterns. Thirdly, we investigate which of their preferences …


Bericht aus dem Projekt EffKom: Energie sparen mit smarter Heizungssteuerung

Kurzbericht zu Fortschritten und Ergebnissen des Projekts "EffKom - Energieeffizienter Wohnkomfort". Durch die intelligente Heizungssteuerung zeigten sich schon nach dem ersten Jahr Testbetrieb signifikante Erfolge: Im Vergleich zur Kontrollgruppe konnten im Neubau bereits 7 Prozent Einsparung direkt belegt werden. Durch weitere Optimierung lässt sich die Einsparwirkung in Zukunft auf bis zu 30 Prozent erhöhen. Eine Ausweitung auf den Bereich der Gebäudekühlung ist ebenfalls denkbar.

Veröffentlichung: “Energy (in)efficient comfort practices: How building retrofits influence energy behaviours in multi-apartment buildings” in Energy Policy 168/2022

Abstract: One of the main strategies employed to increase the energy efficiency of buildings is the insulation and sealing of building envelopes. This has led to considerable reductions in energy consumption in recent decades. However, with the increasing efficiency of the building envelope, a contrary effect is also evident: energy performance gaps (EPGs), the phenomenon where actual consumption exceeds calculated demand. While EPGs have often been associated with rebound effects, socio-technical studies argue that it is the interactions between occupants and buildings (or building technologies), ...

Veröffentlichung: “Health effects of climate change – are they sufficiently addressed in pediatric settings in Germany to meet parents’ needs?” in Journal of Climate Change and Health 2022

Abstract: Children today are particularly vulnerable to direct and indirect health effects of climate change. Exposure to health hazards related to climate change will increase in the future. These health impacts increasingly pose additional challenges for the health care system, both in curative treatment and in preventive care. This paper therefore examines whether health care facilities for children and adolescents (“pediatric settings”) in Germany are adequately preparing for the impact of climate change on children’s …