Dr. Ines Thronicker

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

Tel: +49 341 235 48 2243

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Areas of Expertise & Research

  • environmental psychology
  • sustainable lifestyles and environmentally relevant behavior
  • processes and factors of behaviour change
  • intervention and evaluation research
  • empirical social research

Curriculum Vitae

since 2014

Research Fellow, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ


Research stay, The James Hutton Institute, Aberdeen, Scotland

2012 – 2013

Research Assistant, TU Dresden, Department of Psychology

2007 − 2011

Doctoral Fellow, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ


Research stay, University of Helsinki, Finland


Research stay, KTH Stockholm, Sweden

2001 – 2005

Research Assistant, Department of Psychology, TU Dresden

1998 – 2005

Diplom Psychology (~ Master), TU Dresden, main areas: traffic psychology, human factors

Membership and Honors

  • Member of the German Psychology Association, Devision Environmental Psychology
  • Member of the  Initiative Psychologie im Umweltschutz
  • Scholarship of the German Federal Environmental Foundation (DBU)
  • Scholarship of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation (FES)
  • Scholarship of Technische Universität Dresden


Melo, P. C., Ged, J., Craig, T., Brewer, M. J., & Thronicker, I. (2018). Does Work-life Balance Affect Pro-environmental Behaviour? Evidence for the UK Using Longitudinal Microdata. Ecological Economics 145, 170-181, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolecon.2017.09.006.

Lelong, B., Stark, M., Hauck, J., Leuenberger, T., Thronicker, I. (2016). A visual network perspective on social interaction and space: Using Net-Map and VennMaker in participatory social-spatial research. Europa Regional 23 (2), 5-19.

Thronicker, I. (2016). Environmental awareness − A competing motivation. Ökologisches Wirtschaften 31 (4), Schwerpunkt 20 Jahre Umweltbewusstseinsstudie, 27-29, DOI 10.14512/OEW310427.

Thronicker, I., Polzin, C., Schulte, M., Krause, K., Blöbaum, A., Petri, M., Berneiser, J. (2016). GLAMURS Deliverable 5.6: Case Study Report. The region of Central Germany. GLAMURS: EU FP7 SSH Call: 2013.2.1-1 − Obstacles and prospects for Sustainable lifestyles and Green Economy, Grant Agreement number (613420).

Thronicker, I., Fischer, A. (2016). In-depth Interviews. In: Omann, I., Rauschmayer, F. (eds) (2016). GLAMURS Deliverable 5.1: Report on sustainable lifestyle initiatives in 7 case studies, Chapter 3. GLAMURS: EU FP7 SSH Call: 2013.2.1-1 − Obstacles and prospects for Sustainable lifestyles and Green Economy, Grant Agreement number (613420).

Thronicker, I. (2015). Ein Mobilitätspaket für UmzüglerInnen: Reflexion der Praxiserfahrung einer Evaluationsstudie. Umweltpsychologie 19(1), 101-117.

Jose, D.; Thronicker, I.; Seilmayer, M.; Schmidt, L. (2013). Report on the Survey 2012 amongst doctoral candidates within the Helmholtz Association. UFZ Discussion Papers, ISSN 1436-140X.

Thronicker, I., Theuring, P., Schlüter, S., Wagner, A. (2012). Auswertung der Umfrage 2010 unter den Doktoranden der Helmholtz-Gemeinschaft, internal report.

Szabó, N., Hallerman, L., Thronicker, I., Kraus, M., Hohn, S., Winkler, A., Buchholz, F., Wagner, A., Kranz, S., Anders, I. (2008). Auswertung der Umfrage 2007/2008 unter den Doktoranden der Helmholtz-Gemeinschaft, internal report.


Fischer, A., Thronicker, I. (2016). Between Knowing, Wanting and Doing: Motivational lock-ins in sustainable lifestyle decisions. 24th IAPS Conference, 27.06. − 01.07.2016, Lund, Sweden.

Thronicker, I. (2015). Motivational Lock-ins in Pro-Environmental Behaviour. 11th Biennial Conference on Environmental Psychology, 24. − 26.08.2015, University of Groningen, The Netherlands.

Thronicker, I., Schuppan, J., Harms, S. (2011). Influencing travel mode choice by soft measures in moments of change. The case of residential relocations and changes in professional life. Conference on Environmental Psychology, Eindhoven.

Thronicker, I., Harms, S. (2010). Changing newcomers‘ mobility behavior: Effects of pre-move interventions. International Association of People-Environment-Studies, Leipzig.

Thronicker, I., Harms, S. (2008). Soft Policies for New Residents. Effects of Pre-Move Interventions and the Impact of Urban Development. International Conference on Traffic and Transport Psychology, Washington.

Invited Talks

„A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor. Reflection on doing a doctorate.“ Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ Leipzig, Graduate School HiGrade Annual Conference, Sep. 26th, 2016 and Leibniz Institute for Solid State and Materials Research Dresden, Annual Doctoral Seminar, Oct. 27th, 2016

„Verhaltenspsychologie im Spiegel interdisziplinärer anwendungsorientierter Forschung.“ Initiative Psychologie im Umweltschutz, 46th IPU-Congress, Berlin, Oct. 30th, 2015

In the Media

Contribution to the feature „Mobilität in der Stadt. Kein Auto vor der Tür“, Deutschlandradio Kultur (7.3.2017)

Primary Supervision

  • Master Thesis „Intrapersonal conflicts regarding (un)sustainable consumption“, Jana Stadler, University of Leipzig (11/2014 – 04/2015, grade „1“)
  • Master Thesis „What cues your habit?“, Hilke Richter-Harder, University of Greifswald (start 10/2017)
  • Bachelor Thesis, Sarah Schüürmann, TU Chemnitz (start 10/2017)