Former Team Members

Dr. Sylvia Harms

Helmholtz Centre for
Environmental Research − UFZ
Permoserstrasse 15
04318 Leipzig, Germany

Dr. Sylvia Harms

Research focus

consumer-oriented policy research

Professional Career

2010 - 2011

Researcher in the Department of Environmental Politics at the Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research − UFZ in Leipzig

2004 - 2009

Postdoctoral Researcher in the Working Group Sustainable Transport at the Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ in Leipzig

2002 - 2003,
1996 - 2000

Research assistant at EAWAG / ETH Zürich in the Centre for Innovation Research in the Utility Sector (CIRUS); Research in the field of sustainable mobility behaviour and sustainable consumption patterns


Research assistant at the Federal Statistical Office, Neuchâtel

2000 - 2002

PhD-student at the University of Zürich, Psychological Institute, Social Psychology I; PhD 2002 on the interrelationship between routine behaviour and rational choice in the field of transport

1990 - 1996

Studies in psychology at the Technical University of Berlin and the University of Amsterdam with a focus on cognitive psychology, social psychology and marketing

1988 - 1990

Studies in romanistics and psychology at the University of Hamburg


Summer 2005,
Winter 2005/06

Research Course "Mobility", Institute of Geography, University of Leipzig (together with Martin Lanzendorf)

Summer 2005

Seminar "Consumer behaviour and national economy", Department of Business Psychology, University of Lüneburg

2002 - 2003

Language courses and continuing educational courses for "Language Links", Lausanne (CH)


Tutor at the Natural and Social Science Interface at ETH Zürich

1993 - 1996

Tutor in Cognitive Psychology at the Technical University of Berlin


since 2004

German Psychological Association (DGPs), Working Group Environmental Psychology

since 2004

Psychology in Environmental Protection (IPU)

since 1999

International Association for People-Environment Studies (IAPS)

2004 - 2007

German Transportation Research Community (DVWG)

1995 - 2001

European Association for Decision Making (EADM)

Honours / Others


Carl-Friedrich-Graumann Award for Environmental Psychology

2002 - 2003

Mentee in the Swiss-German program for female scientists for supporting an academic career (Mentor: Prof. Dr. Ruth Kaufmann, Interfacultary Co-ordination Office on General Ecology, IKAÖ, University of Berne)

Publications and Presentations

Publication list as PDF-file