Sophia Becker

Research Associate
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IASS Project

  • Kopernikus project Energiewende Navigation (ENavi)

Research Interests

  • Interventions for sustainable mobility behavior
  • Mobility rebound behavior and rebound effects
  • Quality of life and mobility innovations (cargobike-sharing, car-sharing)
  • Consumer behavior and the energy transformation
  • Environmental psychology, environmental sociology

Curriculum Vitae

  • Sophia joined the IASS team in January 2017, working in the Energiewende Navigation project. She studied psychology in Münster and Paris and was a PhD student at the University of Stuttgart (2013-2016), at the department for Sociology of Technology and the Environment. The topic of her dissertation project is rebound behavior in car-based mobility. Her research was funded by the interdisciplinary program Helmholtz Alliance ENERGY TRANS. During her PhD, Sophia stayed at the University of California Berkeley, working as a visiting scholar at the department for Innovative Mobility at the Transportation Sustainability Research Center (2015).  

Selected Publications prior to joining the IASS

Scientific Publications

Other Publications

Academic Teaching

  • Leuphana University Lüneburg, Faculty for Sustainability Science, Germany: Module Responsibility in Science. Interdisciplinary project seminars for B.Sc. students:

“Psychological aspects of solar energy use”. (2013/14)

“Citizen’s role and engagement in Germany’s Energiewende”. (2012/13)

  • University of Stuttgart, Institute for Social Sciences, Germany

Seminar “Descriptive and inferential statistics” (2013)

Further Information


  • German Psychological Association (DGPS), Section of Environmental Psychology
  • German Sociological Association (DGS), Section of Environmental Sociology
  • Association for Psychology and Sustainability (IPU)

Selected Lectures and Speeches

  • Becker, S. (2016): Rebound effects in car-based mobility. Oral Presentation at the Expert Workshop of Task 28 “Home Grids and Vehicle to X Technologies”, International Energy Agency, 26.-28.10.2016, Paris.
  • Becker, S. (2015): Umweltpsychologie. Umweltbildungswerkstatt des Landes NRW, 25.2.2015, Lünen
  • Becker, S: (2014) Warum kaufen Nutzer effizientere aber größere Autos? - Konzeptionelle und methodische Herausforderungen einer qualitativen Interviewstudie zu Rebound-Effekten, Vortrag auf der Jahreskonferenz des Pegasus-Nachwuchsnetzwerks für Mobilitäts- und Verkehrsforschung, 10.-11.10.2014, Karlsruhe.
  • Becker, S. (2014): Psychological perspectives on sustainable attitudes and behavior. Green Events Europe Conference, 2.-3.11.2014, Bonn.
  • Becker, S. (2014): Wie können wir unser Leben mit-gestalten?, Symposium für Nachhaltiges Design „ÖKORausch“, 29.9.2014, Köln.
  • Becker, S. (2013) Investigating Energy Consumption Behavior in the Context of Germany’s Energiewende. Oral Presentation at the International Risk Governance Council, 20.-22.11.2013, Lausanne.
  • Becker, S. (2013) Psychological frameworks to explain rebound effects in car-based mobility. Oral Presentation at the Conference “Energy Systems in Transition: Inter- and Transdisciplinary Contributions”, 9.-11.10.2013, Karlsruhe.
  • Henn, L., Becker, S., Spada, H,. (2013) Developing a measure for sufficient behavior. Oral Presentation at the 10th Biennial Conference on Environmental Psychology, 22.-25.9.2013, Magdeburg.
  • Becker, S. (2012): Psychologie des Wandels. Symposium für Nachhaltiges Design „ÖKORausch“, 8.10.2012, Köln.