Media & press

May 2024

Heat stress in cities is unevenly distributed

People on lower incomes in cities suffer particularly from heatwaves.  Researchers at the University of Vienna are calling for more attention to be paid to social inequalities in future adaptation measures such as the greening of streets and squares.

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to read the article in English click here

Source: red,

March 2024

Sari Nijssen is the new “Post Doc” brand ambassador for the University of Vienna’s employer branding campaign

Sari Nijssen, postdoc in the Urban and Environmental Psychology group, is the new brand ambassador for the University of Vienna's employer branding campaign. She is featured taking a “deep dive” in science. With this new campaign, the University of Vienna wants to emphasize its four central pillars: space for personal growth, space for added social value, space for growing aspiration, and space for open cooperation. Sari Nijssen explains why she joined the campaign in this video (u:wiki access only:  If you are interested in joining the University of Vienna, you can check out the campaign and learn about the university as an employer on the university jobs.

December 2023

Contribution for „ macht Schule“

As part of the " macht Schule" programme, research packages for school classes are developed together with school children and scientists from various disciplines. The new research package "Sauber Unterwegs - ein Faktencheck" on the interplay between mobility and climate protection also includes a contribution from our colleague Leonie Fian on the topic: "How important is nature for our well-being?" The research package is freely accessible and can be used by teachers from 2nd to 8th grade. Click here for the research package:

October 2023

Leonie Fian in the 3sat TV-documentary “Die Magie der Vögel – Was Birdwatcher begeistert”

As part of the 3sat documentary “Die Magie der Vögel – Was Birdwatcher begeister” by Mario Kreuzer and Leander Khil, our team member Leonie Fian was interviewed about positive effects of nature contact on human health and well-being, and in particular, the special role of birds. The documentary can be watched online until 25.01.2024:

October 2023

Leonie Fian in the Austrian ORF2 documentary format “G’sund in Österreich”

Our team member Leonie Fian was interviewed for the Austrian ORF2 documentary format “G’sund in Österreich” about findings of the “Blue Health” project, in particular about the potential of blue spaces for improved health and well-being. You can watch the documentary online until October, 30th:

October 2023

Leonie Fian interviewed for the DATUM magazine 

Our colleague Leonie Fian was interviewed by Katharina Brunner for the current issue of DATUM magazine on the human-nature relationship. In the article "Beziehungskrise" she talks about nature connectedness and nature contact, also in the context of increasing urbanisation, and why the human-nature relationship is political.

Find more information about Leonie Fian and her research here!

September 2023

Maja Grünzner in the Austrian ORF2 news format "Aktuell nach 1"

Maja Grünzner was invited to report on the Austrian ORF2 news format “Aktuell nach 1” about the potential reasons for the current increase in second hand purchases. She mentioned that price plays a role and that an increase in second-hand purchases has already been taking place since 2019 in Austria. Clothing was the most frequently purchased product.

June 2023

"Everyone seems to benefit from the proximity to the sea, not only the wealthy.“

Sandra Geiger reports to about the EU project SOHPIE, in which the opportunities and risks of oceans for human health are being researched. The project, led by Prof. Dr. Lora Fleming, surveyed more than 15,000 people in 14 European countries and Australia. "People are healthier if they live near the sea or spend at least some time by the sea," Geiger summarises the results.



February 2023

Reactions to climate protests

Sabine Pahl and Thomas Slunecko talk in the Wiener Zeitung about reasons for aggressive reactions of car drivers to the climate protests of the Last Generation.

January 2023

Vienna ZeroPM WP2 team presents its work

The overall goal of the project Zero pollution of Persistent, Mobile substances (ZeroPM) is to protect water from contamination by persistent, mobile substances. As part of work package 2, Ellise SuffillMat White and Sabine Pahl will assess the knowledge, perceptions and behaviour of different groups in relation to PFAS and other persistent and mobile substances.

In this short video Mat and Ellise give an impression of their work for ZeroPM.

FInd more videos about ZeroPM here.

December 2022

Der Fuß wird zur Hand - The foot becomes a hand

Dr. Sari Nijssen about the Ecological Handprint

Our colleague Dr. Sari Nijssen commented on the new concept of the ecological handprint in the Edition Zukunft - the future issues department of The Standard. In the article "The foot becomes the hand", she explained that it could be a more effective tool for motivating environmentally friendly behavior than the ecological footprint.

Find here more infos about Sari Nijssen and her research!

July 2022

Report on Climate Change in Austria

At the University of Innsbruck on July 6th the authors gathered for a first major working meeting. In a press conference information was provided about the report, its structure and objectives. 

The AAR2 (APCC Assessment Report on Climate Change in Austria) is to be completed in 2025 and its results are to make a significant contribution to Austria's path to climate neutrality in 2040.

Sabine Pahl, environmental psychologist at the University of Vienna and one of the co-authors, is "excited to be part of this effort. Social and behavioural science perspectives can make crucial contributions to dealing with climate change and the report is very serious about integrating these different perspectives"

July 2022

Instabile Wirtschaftslage verstärkt Tendenz zum "Spatz in der Hand"

In the latest article by the Austrian Press Agency (APA), Sandra Geiger talks about the phenomenon that people around the world (including Austria) prefer smaller, immediate gains over larger, delayed ones. She also provides insights into how this phenomenon--known as temporal discounting--is related to economic inequality, low income, and inflation, based on a recently published study across 61 countries. 

APA Article

February 2022

"Hör mal wer die Welt verändert" podcast

In the latest episode of “Hör mal wer die Welt verändert“, a podcast by students of BOKU, environmental psychologist Sabine Pahl provides insights into current research topics. Also, Leonie Fian from the EnvPsy Vienna group talks together with Elena Sessig about their work at the Network for Psychology and the Environment (NEPU). Have fun listening! 

ubrm podcast

July 2021

Audimax Podcast: "Humans have irreversibly changed the Earth"

In the latest edition of Audimax, the podcast of the University of Vienna, environmental psychologist Sabine Pahl talks about the impact of the environment on the human psyche, what influence humans have on their environment in reverse, and why she is optimistic about future challenges.

Audimax Podcast

June 2021

Why trash on the street bothers us so much

In the STANDARD podcast "Edition Zukunft" Sabine Pahl talks about the environmental psychological factors of waste disposal, recycling and pollution.


May 2021

Blue Space Is the New Green Space

An article by Dan Rubinstein, which reflects on why being near water can be a boon for our health and wellness. It draws heavily on the research by group member Mat White.

The Walrus Story

Danube in Vienna with sunset over the city.

April 2021

How much of a nuisance is the aluminium can at the roadside?

In a user article in DER STANDARD, environmental psychologist Sabine Pahl discusses the psychological components of human littering behaviour. Countless users diligently commented on the article and shared their experiences and assessments.


alu can laying on a wooden brigde; city skyline in the back

March 2021

Avoiding waste must become easier

Many people are concerned about the amount of plastic waste in the environment, says environmental psychologist Sabine Pahl. But they need support in avoiding it: Whether packaging is recyclable must be more visible. And the industry needs stricter guidelines.


plastic waste in a dustbin

November 2020

People smoke less when they live in green areas

A recent study involving psychologists Sabine Pahl and Mathew White from the University of Vienna has found that people smoke less when they live in a green area. The research data is based on responses from more than 8,000 adults to questions about their health, where they live and various other lifestyle factors collected as part of the Health Survey for England (HSE). The findings appear in Social Science & Medicine.

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female hand is declining the offer for cigarettes