Dr. Ines Thronicker

Professional focus

With my work, I would like to enable and strengthen changes in organizational structures and culture towards more diversity, equality, and inclusion. I am particularly interested in incorporating transparent and fair processes and decision making. Particular emphasis is given to the generation of a systematic data base and monitoring on the one hand, and scientifically sound communication on the causes and effects of disadvantage on the other hand. It is my ultimate goal to enable and encourage individuals to reflect and change their own behaviour.

Since 2022

Staff Unit Change Management , Expertise Diversity, Equity, Inclusion

Projekt lead  WAY TO UFZ (2023-2026)

2021 - 2024

2020 - 2022

Head of team Diversity & Inclusion, Department People & Culture, UFZ


Commissary for diversity and inclusion, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ

2017 - 2020

Elected equal opportunities officer UFZ


PhD in psychology, Universität Leipzig, title: „Residential Relocation – A Window of Opportunity for Interventions to Change Travel Behaviour?“ (sponsored by the Scholarship Programme of the German Federal Environmental Foundation DBU)

2014 - 2018

Researcher, Department of Environmental Politics, UFZ

2012 - 2013

Researcher at Technische Universität Dresden, Faculty of Psychology, Chair of Assessment and Intervention

2007 - 2011

Researcher, Research Group on Sustainable Mobility, Department Urban Sociology, Environment & Traffic, UFZ


Research stay at KTH Stockholm, Schweden
Research stay at University of Helsinki, Finland
Research stay at James Hutton Institute Aberdeen, Scotland


Diploma (∼ Master of Science) in psychology, Technische Universität Dresden (sponsored by the Scholarship Programmes of Friedrich Ebert Foundation and Technische Universität Dresden)

 Publications and activities

Third Party Funding

WAY TO UFZ We Apply to the World, 2023-2026, 400TEURO, Funded by the Initiative and Networking Fund of the Helmholtz Association


2021 Common Purpose , networking event Leipzig-Hamburg, Keynote „Vielfalt leben statt Vielfalt verwalten - ein Perspektivwechsel“

2021 Hochschule Karlsruhe , Invited Talk "Geschlecht und mehr - Perspektivenvielfalt in der Mobilitätsforschung", seminar series on sustainable mobility, Prof. Dr. Angela Francke

2021 BEHAVE Conference, panelist in the session "Is energy efficiency (fe)male? The role of gender for sustainable energy use", session host: Sabine Preuß, Julius Wesche, Elisabeth Dütschke

2021 Bürgerschaffenwissen - Die Citizen Science Plattform, digital lunch break, invited talk „Exklusiv - Inklusiv!"    

2020 GAIN Conference, panelist in the workshop „Diversity and equal opportunities in research and academia“ as representative for the Helmholtz Association in collaboration with panelists of DFG, MPG, WGL, FhG

2020 Common Purpose, networking event Leipzig-Hamburg, Keynote „Vielfalt leben statt Vielfalt verwalten - ein Perspektivwechsel“

2019 Helmholtz Sustainability Summit, presentation „Gendered Innovations: Potentiale und Verantwortung in genderreflektierter Forschung erkennen“ (in collaboration with Martina von der Ahe)

2019 CommonPurpose, Navigator programme, Keynote „Vielfalt – Stärke und Herausforderung“

Supervision of Master/Bachelor theses

Master thesis „What Cues Your Habit? Effects of Cue Reflection on Habit Strength and Frequency of Unintended Habitual Behaviour?“, Hilke Richter-Harder, University of Greifswald (2018, grade „very good“), main supervisor

Master thesis „Intrapersonal conflicts regarding (un)sustainable consumption“, Jana Stadler, University of Leipzig (2015, grade „very good“), main supervisor

Bachelor thesis „Forming 'green' habits? A systematic review of interventions at the workplace“, Sarah Schüürmann, TU Chemnitz (2018, grade „very good“), main supervisor


Thronicker, I., & Klinger, T. (2019). Interest into travel-related interventions among urban movers and non-movers. Travel Behaviour and Society, 16, 88–98. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tbs.2019.04.006

Michalek, G., Thronicker, I., Yildiz, Ö., & Schwarze, R. (2019). Habitually green: integrating the concept of habit into the design of pro-environmental interventions at the workplace. NachhaltigkeitsManagementForum | Sustainability Management Forum, 27(2), 113–124. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00550-019-00487-9

Thronicker, I. (2018). Residential Relocation – A Window of Opportunity for Interventions to Change Travel Behaviour? (Dissertation). Universität Leipzig.

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. (Hrsg.) (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. Interner Bericht.

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. Interner Bericht. 

Invited Speaker

Thronicker, I. (2018). Wie kriegen wir die Kurve zur Verkehrswende? 3. Regionalkonferenz Nachhaltig Handeln 2018, Region Marburg-Biedenkopf , 2.-4. November 2018, Kick-off event Cölbe, 25.10.2018

Thronicker, I. (2018). Keynote: Interdisziplinäre Zusammenarbeit – Chancen, Herausforderungen und Erfolgsbedingungen. 51th Congress of Initiative Psychologie im Umweltschutz (IPU), Elmstein-Harzofen, 24.-27.5.2018.

Thronicker, I. (2018). Mobilitätspakete für Neumieter*innen: Erfahrungen aus einem Feldexperiment. 2nd dialogue forum of VCD project “Wohnen leitet Mobilität” of the National Climate Initiative by the Federal Ministry for the Environment, nature Conservaction and Nuclear Safety, Chemnitz, 19.4.2018.

Thronicker, I. (2016). Keynote: A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor − A Reflection on doing a PhD. Key note, HIGRADE Fall Conference 2016, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research − UFZ, Leipzig, and ICM PhD-Seminar 2016, Leibniz Institute for Solid State and Materials Research, Dresden.

Thronicker, I. (2015). Talk and workshop: Verhaltenspsychologie im Spiegel interdisziplinärer anwendungsorientierter Forschung. Initiative Psychologie im Umweltschutz, 46th IPU-Congress, Berlin, 30.10.2015.

Talks at International Conferences

Thronicker, I. (2018). Role of Habit in Behaviour Change Interventions: An integrated model of Habit discontinuity versus Habit Deactivation. 51. Kongress der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Psychologie, Frankfurt/Main, 15.-20.09.2018

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

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

Thronicker, I. (2014). Weakened mobility habits due to moving home? A quasi-experimental field study on the effectiveness of a communication-based mobility intervention for movers. Workshop on Lifecourse transitions: opportunities for sustainable lifestyles? Surrey, UK, 15.-16.7.2014.

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. (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.

Communication to the Public

2019, contribution in the feature "ARD Deutschlandtrend: Klimaschutz ist wichtig, aber ...", MDR aktuell

2017, contribution in the feature „Mobilität in der Stadt. Kein Auto vor der Tür“, Deutschlandradio Kultur