Key-note speakers

Portrett Maria Johansson

Maria Johansson, Lund University: An environmental psychology perspective on human interaction with large carnivores

Professor, Docent in Environmental Psychology, Tekn Dr in Environmental Psychology
and FM in Psychology, member of Lund Environmental Psychology Research Group, Department of Architecture and Built Environment at Lund University.

Johansson’s research concerns human-environment transactions, with an interest in applied research focusing upon the individual’s role in sustainable development. Her work includes studies about the associations between the individual, urban design and travel mode, as well as how artificial outdoor lighting will influence the walking experience after dark in different age groups.

She is currently researching human fear of large carnivores and will be speaking about human interaction with large carnivores seen from an environmental psychology perspective. The title of the presentation is: An environmental psychology perspective on human interaction with large carnivores


Aslak Fyhri, Institute of Transport Economics: Nudging and transport behaviour– let’s fight back the economists!

Senior Research Psychologist in the department of safety, security and environment at the Institute of Transport Economics in Norway.

His research centres around environment and climate, safety and behaviour. He has more than 20 years’ experience of studying human´s place in the transport system, looking at topics such as noise pollution, landscape perceptions and children´s traffic safety. In the last years, his research interest has been on the promotion of sustainable transport with a focus on the bicycle.

He will present his thoughts on the phenomenon of «nudging», and how to forge theoretical links between economy and psychology. The title of the presentation is: Nudging and transport behaviour– let’s fight back the economists!


Gisela Böhm, University of Bergen: Climate adaption: How do people perceive and respond to climate change?

Professor of psychometrics and research methods in psychology at the University of Bergen (UiB) and adjunct professor (professor II) in environmental psychology and research methods at Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences (Lillehammer, Norway); member of the research group DICE-Lab (Decision, Intuition, Consciousness and Emotion) at the University of Bergen.

Böhm’s general research interest is on the question of how people make decisions and evaluate risks in their everyday lives, with a focus on environmental risks. The topics that she investigates in this regards include people's mental models about environmental risks, the interplay between risk and morality in responses to risks, the public understanding of science, emotional reactions to risks , and determinants of sustainable behavior.

Current projects focus on international comparisons of the public perception of climate change. Her talk will address the questions of which emotions people experience in response to climate change and how these emotional reactions are related to cognitive appraisal patterns and behaviours. The title of the presentation is: Climate adaption: How do people perceive and respond to climate change?


Monica Lundh, Chalmers: Pro-environmental behaviour, work environment and safety climate in the Swedish merchant fleet

Senior lecturer, former Head of Division of Maritime Human Factors and Navigation, at the Department of Mechanics and Maritime Sciences, Chalmers University of Technology, Göteborg.

Lundh is a former Marine Engineer and a certified teacher. She has served eleven years in the Swedish merchant navy on various ship types worldwide and been involved in training of Marine Engineer students at Chalmers University of technology in Sweden. She has a PhD within shipping technology and is today responsible for the research area Engine Room Ergonomics and Safety, an area with focus on the work environment on board considering changes in work performance when developing and designing the work place.

She will be speaking about different organizational, managerial and behavioural barriers and operational potentials within the shipping domain with regards to energy efficiency. The title of the presentation is: Pro-environmental behaviour, work environment and safety climate in the Swedish merchant fleet.