KatharinaBeyerl

Dr. Katharina Beyerl

Scientific Project Leader

Dr. Katharina Beyerl is a psychologist with focus on environmental psychology. She holds a PhD in Geography from Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (Germany). Since 2012, she has been working at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies in Potsdam, Germany. She studies perceptions of the socio-ecological crisis and coping strategies in order to support a transition to more sustainable lifestyles.

Since 2018, Katharina has been scientific project leader of the Module 4 "Perception and behaviour" of the ENSURE project which is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

  • 2018 - current: Scientific project leader of the ENSURE Project at the IASS, Potsdam
  • 2012 - current: Project scientist at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies, Potsdam, Germany
  • 2009 - 2012 PhD-Scholarship of the German Research Foundation Graduate Research School "Perspectives on Urban Ecology", Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Department of Geography, Working Group Metropolitan- and Innovation Research
  • 2008 - 2009 Research Associate at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and Bauhaus-Universität Weimar
  • 2000 - 2008 Studying Psychology and Human Geography in Leipzig and Jena
  • Human perceptions and motivations
  • Processes of societal transformation, sustainable (regional) development, and changes of infrastructure
  • Perceptions of the socio-ecological crisis and coping-strategies
  • Environmental Psychology
  • Transdisciplinary methods

Publications at the IASS

Publications prior to joining the IASS

  • Beyerl, K. (2010): "Der Klimawandel in der psychologischen Forschung". In: Voss, M. (Ed.) Der Klimawandel. Sozialwissenschaftliche Perspektiven, 247-265. VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften, Wiesbaden.
  • Beyerl, K., Weber, E., Landmann, H., Mieg, H.A., Endlicher, W. (2010): "Perception of Climate Change in a Pacific Island City." Poster, International Congress Cracks in the Concrete Jungle: New Perspectives on Urban Ecology, Berlin.
  • Beyerl, K. Mieg, H.A., Endlicher, W. (2009): "Psychological Assessment of Strategies and Technologies for Adaptation to Sea Level Rise due to Climate Change: from Small Island States to Coastal Megacities." Poster, Workshop Urban Ecology, Universidad National de México UNAM and German Research Foundation Graduate Research School on Urban Ecology GRK 780/III, Mexico City.
  • Beyerl, K., Mieg, H.A., Frindte, W. (2009): "The Psychological Perspective on Social and Ecological Challenges in Megacities: A Systematic Review." Poster, Conference: Megacities: Risk, Vulnerability and Sustainable Development, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ, Leipzig.
  • Beyerl, K. (2019). "What makes us think and act differently? Psychological perspectives on the socio-ecological crisis." Guest lecture for the International Journalists' Programmes (IJP), Berlin.

  • Beyerl, K. (2019). "What makes us think and act differently? - Psychological perspectives on a radical ecological conversion." Workshop at the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development, London.

  • Beyerl, K. (2019). "Social Inequality a Systemic Risk?" The Society for Risk Analysis - Europe 28th Annual Conference, "Systemic Risks: From Natural Hazards to Cyber Risks", German Research Centre for Geosciences GFZ, Potsdam, Germany.

  • Beyerl, K. (2018). "Social Inequality as a Systemic Risk to Sustainable Development." Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Berlin: BBAW-IASS Initiative Systemic Risks as Prototypes of Dynamic Structure Generation: WORKSHOP "Systemic Risks: Concepts, Applications and Suggestions for Governance"

  • Beyerl, K. (2018). "What guides people's environmental behavior? Psychological perspectives on marine resource management." Guest lecture for the international M.Sc. Program International Studies in Aquatic Tropical Ecology at the University Bremen and the Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research ZMT, Bremen.

  • Beyerl, K. (2018). "What makes us think and act differently? Psychological perspectives on a radical ecological conversion." Invited presentation at the international conference "Radical Ecological Conversion After Laudato Si', Discovering the Intrinsic Value of all Creatures" at the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome, Italy.

  • Beyerl, K. (2017). "Coping with climate-related environmental changes in Pacific Small Island States." Impacts World 2017. Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Potsdam.

  • Beyerl, K. 2015). "Climate Engineering Research Trends - Survey Results." Presentation, Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt DBU, Osnabrück.

  • Beyerl, K. (2015). "Climate Change Adaptation - A psychological Perspective." Veranstaltung für Humboldt-Stipendiaten. Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies e.V., IASS.

  • Beyerl, K. (2014). „Klimawandel - Adaptation und die Einbeziehung von Betroffenen." Invited Presentation. Psychologie in der Naturschutzkommunikation - Naturschutz, Umweltkrise und die Rolle des Individuums. Bundesamt für Naturschutz und Internationale Naturschutzakademie, Insel Vilm.

  • Beyerl, K. (2014). „Tales from the South Pacific - Studying the perception of climate related environmental changes and adaptation strategies in Pacific Small Island States. A psychologist's experience." Eingeladener Vortrag am Leibniz-Zentrum für Marine Tropenöklogie, Bremen.

  • Beyerl, K. (2013). "Ethical, Philosophical and Cultural Questions about Climate Engineering." Presentation at the First Open Discussion Workshop about Climate Engineering: Perspectives from Pacific Small Island States. Suva, Fiji.

  • 2010 3 Months Travel Grant, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) to the University of the South Pacific, Fiji.
  • 2009 - 2012 PhD-Scholarship of the German Research Foundation (DFG) Graduate Research School "Perspectives on Urban Ecology", Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Department of Geography, Working Group Metropolitan- and Innovation Research