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EASP – European Association of Social Psychology

Collective responses to global environmental challenges: How do collective cognition and motivation shape appraisals and responses?

30.11.2022, by Media Account in call for papers

Deadline: 31 January 2023
Kloster Nimbschen (close to Leipzig, Germany)

EASP medium sized meeting from 25 June to 28 June 2023, Kloster Nimbschen (close to Leipzig, Germany)

Organizers: Immo Fritsche, Karen Hamann, Sabrina Köhler, and Torsten Masson (Leipzig University)

Fighting the global environmental crisis is a major challenge for all humanity. The call for changes in everyday behavior and environmental policies grows louder every day. Psychological research has focused largely on individual decision-making processes as a central determinant of sustainable behavior. However, an individual alone can neither perceive nor solve global environmental crises, and psychology thus needs to address the collective dimension of environmental action. Correspondingly, in social and environmental psychology there is growing interest in the collective dimension of environmental action and sustainable transformation of societies (Bamberg et al., 2015; Ferguson & Schmitt, 2021; Fielding & Hornsey, 2016; Fritsche et al., 2018). This workshop will explore the ways in which collective processes facilitate sustainable behavior, but also possible pitfalls of group action that impede more sustainable conduct (e.g., collective action against renewable energy infrastructure). Collective processes include, but are not limited to social identity processes, such as in-group identification, collective efficacy and agency, in-group norms and goals, motivations and (group-based) emotions originating from group processes.
Invited keynotes will be given by Matthew Hornsey (University of Queensland), Lise Jans (University of Groningen), and, hopefully, Michael Schmitt (Simon-Fraser University, invited).
The meeting will include about 40 junior and senior researchers. They will present their original research in single session format. Junior researchers are invited to participate together with their supervisor. The meeting will take place from 25 June to 28 June 2023 at Kloster Nimbschen, a conference site close to Leipzig, Germany. Participants will have to pay a moderate participation fee including board and lodging at Kloster Nimbschen (discounts for junior researchers and researchers from less affluent countries). Researchers from all parts of the world who are interested in participating are asked to submit an abstract of 250 words maximum until 31 January 2023 to and The abstract should include information about the research question, underlying theory, methods, results and discussion.