Esther Papier portret
Esther Papier portret

Esther Papies appointed Professor of Enduring Behaviour Change for Sustainability

Esther Papies has been appointed Professor of Enduring Behaviour Change for Sustainability at Radboud University’s Faculty of Social Sciences, with effect from 1 June 2024.

Papies’ research focuses on supporting the transition of mainstream consumers to more plant-based diets. In addition, she will expand her work on high-impact climate action among more privileged groups in society, using behaviour change to unlock system change. Using quantitative and qualitative research methods, Dr Papies studies how to create resonance, rather than resistance, by embracing the health and social co-benefits of climate change mitigation. I am tremendously excited to join Radboud University as a new Professor. Addressing climate change is an incredible opportunity to create healthier, fairer, happier, and more sustainable societies. But this can’t be achieved by individual behaviour change alone – we need interdisciplinary collaborations to embed this in wider societal transformations.’

About Esther Papies

Esther Papies was born in Bielefeld, Germany in 1980 and studied Social Sciences at University College Utrecht from 1999-2002. In those years she also studied Psychology and Political Science for 6 months at the University of California in the United States. She got her Masters in Social Psychology at Utrecht University and received her PhD from the same university in 2008. After that, she worked at Utrecht University as an Assistant and Associate Professor in the Social Psychology Department, before moving to the University of Glasgow in 2015. At the University of Glasgow, she started the Healthy Cognition Lab, supervising up to ten Early Career Researchers in a highly collaborative, proudly international, open science research environment.  At the University of Glasgow, she recently received the award of Best College Teacher for the College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences, for her course “The Psychology of Climate Change”, which she will also teach at Radboud University.

Contact information

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Organizational unit
Faculty of Social Sciences
Sustainability, Behaviour, Society