Marlis Wullenkord

Marlis Wullenkord

Postdoctoral fellow

Personal profile


My research investigates how individuals respond to and cope with global environmental crises such as climate change and biodiversity loss. With a background in psychology, I have focused mainly on the roles of psychological needs and emotions for climate denial and climate protection.

More specifically, in my doctoral thesis I investigated psychological functions of climate denial, such as emotion regulation and protection of privilege, and investigated relations of defensiveness with pro-environmental behavior and climate anxiety. I have also worked on projects relating to sufficiency - a similar concept to voluntary simplicity that aims at adjusting consumption levels to meet one’s psychological and material needs, while preserving a livable planet for future generations.

Currently, I am working in an interdisciplinary project on nature-based solutions at the climate-biodiversity-health nexus, in collaboration with the Faculty of Science and the Faculty of Medicine. Within this project, I focus mainly on the intersections of nature-based solutions that benefit both the climate and biodiversity, while contributing to psychological well-being.

I am also interested in research on socio-ecological transformations and relations to psychology.


I am also happy to supervise theses connecting to the psychology of global environmental change (i.e., climate change and biodiversity loss), especially projects about emotions (e.g., climate anxiety, eco-anxiety, climate worry, ecological grief, hope), emotion regulation, and coping with global environmental change (e.g., in the form of denial/distancing/avoidance and/or pro-environmental behavior/collective action/activism/sufficiency). I am also interested in how local nature contact, nature connectedness, and nature-based solutions relate to responses to global environmental change and can therefore offer supervision of theses at this intersection. A psychologist by training, I mainly use psychological methods but have experience working in interdisciplinary contexts as well and am happy to supervise students from other disciplines. Contact me via email if you are interested: 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

UKÄ subject classification

  • Social Sciences
  • Psychology

Free keywords

  • Environmental Psychology
  • Climate Change
  • Climate Denial
  • Climate Anxiety
  • Coping
  • Emotions
  • Psychological Needs
  • Defensiveness
  • Biodiversity


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