Katharina Koller

Katharina Koller is a PhD candidate in the Environmental Psychology Group and works as a researcher at the Centre for Social Innovation (ZSI) in Vienna. She completed a bachelor’s degree in psychology as well as a bachelor’s degree in political science, followed by a research master’s in Social Psychology and Psychological Methods at the University of Amsterdam.

Her research focusses on new methods of engaging the public with climate change to investigate factors that could promote climate action and climate policy support using quantitative, qualitative, and participatory research methods. In the context of the Horizon Europe project GREAT (based at ZSI), she examines game-based approaches to understand and promote engagement with climate change. Previous work includes implementing a participatory method of video production to capture different social groups’ perspectives on climate change, providing an analytical framework to include social and behavioural factors in integrated assessment models for climate impacts, and investigating measurement bias in self-reports of pro-environmental behaviours. Katharina’s work is often interdisciplinary and practice-focussed, while considering open, reproducible, and responsible research practices.