Julia Steinhorst joined the IASS as a research associate in May 2018. In the ENSURE project ("Development of New Plastics for a Clean Environment by Determining Relevant Entry Pathways") she analyses patterns of societal perception and behaviour with regard to plastics in the environment in order to develop transdisciplinary courses of action to reduce the overall environmental impact of plastics. Before joining the IASS, Julia Steinhorst finished her PhD in the Department of Environmental Psychology at Otto-von-Guericke University in Magdeburg with funding from the Helmholtz Alliance ENERGY TRANS. She also worked as a research associate at the Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development in Dresden in the EU Project "Networking Intelligent Cities for Energy Efficiency - NICE". During her time in the environmental psychology research group at the University of Saarland, she conducted accompanying socio-scientific research for the E-Energy project "Renewable Model Region Harz".