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Sonja Geiger Dr.



Research priorities

  • Psychological behavioural models of sustainable consumption behaviors
  • Health aspects of sustainable lifestyles: mindfulness, health behaviour and well-being
  • Subjective time perception and sustainability: time pressure and present-centeredness
  • Measurement of complex latent constructs (e.g., consumption behaviour, environmental awareness)
  • Participatory research design (e.g. co-design practices, online communities, citizen science)



Functions & Memberships

  • Assigned member of the Climate Task Force of the German Society for Psychology (2020)
  • Full member of the German Society for Psychology (DGPs) Section Environmental psychology
  • Member of the Initiative of Psychologists for Environmental Protection (IPU)


BP 136  Consumer Behavior
BP 137  People-Planet Interactions

MP 172  Nutrition and Health Behavior Change
MP 174  Healthy People - Healthy Planet

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CV (Stand Februar 2021)


  • The Role of the Individual in the Great Transformation Toward Sustainability Research Topic in Frontiers of Psychology: Environmental Psychology Section.
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Selected publications


  • Spangenberger, P., Geiger, S. M., & Freytag, S.-C. (2022). Becoming nature: effets of embodying a tree in immersive virtual reality on nature relatedness. Scientific Reports, 12(1).


  • Bamberg, S.; Fischer, D. & Geiger, S.M. (2021). Editorial: The Role of the Individual in the Great Transformation Toward Sustainability. Frontiers in Psychology: Environmental Psychology. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2021.710897
  • Frick, V; Gossen, M; Santarius, T, & Geiger, S.M. (2021). When your shop says #lessismore. A field and laboratory intervention on online communication for clothing sufficiency. Journal of Environmental Psychology. doi:10.1016/j.jenvp.2021.101595


  • Geiger, S.M., Fischer, D., Grossman, P., Schrader U. (2020). Meditating for the planet. Effects of a mindfulness-based intervention on sustainable consumption behaviors. Environment and Behavior. 52 (9), 1012-1042, doi:10.1177/0013916519880897
  • Harrach, C; Geiger, S.M.; Schrader, U. (2020): Sustainability Empowerment in the Workplace: Determinants and Effects. Sustainability Management Forum. doi:10.1007/s00550-020-00505


  • Geiger, S.M., Grossman, P., Schrader, U. (2019). Mindfulness and sustainability. Correlation or causation? Current Opinion in Psychology.  28:23–27 doi:10.1016/j.copsyc.2018.09.010
  • Geiger, S.M., Geiger, M., Wilhelm, O. (2019). Environment-Specific vs General Knowledge and their Role in Pro-Environmental Behavior. Frontiers in Psychology: Environmental Psychology. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2019.00718
  • Stanszus, L., Frank, P., Geiger, S.M. (2019). Healthy eating and sustainable nutrition through mindfulness. Mixed methods results of a controlled intervention study. Appetite. doi:0.1016/j.appet.2019.104325
  • Iran, S., Geiger, S. M., & Schrader, U. (2019). Collaborative fashion consumption – A cross-cultural study between Tehran and Berlin. Journal of Cleaner Production, 212, 313–323. doi:10.1016/j.jclepro.2018.11.163


  • Geiger, S.M., Fischer, D., Schrader, U. (2018). Measuring what matters in sustainable consumption: an integrative framework for the selection of relevant behaviors. Sustainable Development, 26 (1), 18-33. doi:10.1002/sd.1688
  • Geiger, S.M., Otto, S., Schrader, U. (2018). Mindfully green and healthy, an indirect path to ecological conservation. Frontiers in Psychology: Environmental Psychology. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2017.02306
  • Böhme, T, Stanszus, L., Geiger, S.M., Schrader, U., Fischer, D. (2018). Mindfulness Training at School: A Way to Engage Adolescents with Sustainable Consumption? Sustainability, 10(10), 3557. doi:10.3390/su10103557


  • Geiger, S.M., Keller, J. (2017). Shopping for clothes and the sensitivity for the suffering of others: The role of compassion and values in sustainable fashion consumption. Environment and Behavior, 50 (10), 1119-1144. doi:10.1177/0013916517732109
  • Fischer D, Böhme, T., Geiger, S.M. (2017) Measuring Young Consumers’ Sustainable Consumption Behavior: Development and Validation of the YCSCB Scale. Young Consumers, 18 (3), 312-326. doi:10.1108/YC-03-2017-00671
  • Geiger, S.M., Otto, S., Diaz Marin J. (2014). A short environmental knowledge scale for diagnostic use in Latin America. Psyecology, 5(1), 1-36. doi:10.1080/21711976.2014.881664