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Cambridge Social Decision-Making Lab

Department of Psychology
Kristian S Nielsen is a postdoctoral research associate at the Cambridge Social Decision-Making Lab. Kristian received a PhD from Copenhagen Business School in 2019 with a dissertation examining the role of self-regulation in environmental behavior change. Kristian's current research focuses on prospective self-control strategies and their role in behavior change. His other key research interests are climate change mitigation, biodiversity conservation, and sustainable clothing consumption.
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Key publications: 

Nielsen, K. S., Clayton, S., Stern, P. C., Dietz, T., Capstick, S., & Whitmarsh, L. (2021). How psychology can help limit climate change. American Psychologist, 76, 130–144.

Nielsen, K. S., Stern, P. C., Dietz, T., Gilligan, J. M., van Vuuren, D. P., Figueroa, M. J., ... & Wood, R. (2020). Improving Climate Change Mitigation Analysis: A Framework for Examining Feasibility. One Earth3, 325-336.

Nielsen, K. S. (2017). From prediction to process: A self-regulation account of environmental behavior change. Journal of Environmental Psychology51, 189-198.

Other publications: 

Creutzig, F., Callaghan, M., Ramakrishnan, A., Javaid, A., Niamir, L., … Nielsen, K. S., … & Wilson, C. A Typology of 100,000 Publications on Demand, Services and Social Aspects of Climate Change Mitigation. Environmental Research Letters, 16, 033001.

Nielsen, K. S., Cologna, V., Lange, F., Brick, C., & Stern, P. (2021). The case for impact-focused environmental psychology. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 101559.

Nielsen, K. S., & Hofmann, W. (2021). Motivating sustainability through morality: A daily diary study on the link between moral self-control and clothing consumption. Journal of Environmental Psychology73, 101551.

Nielsen, K. S., van der Linden, S, & Stern, P. C. (2020). How Behavioral Interventions Can Reduce the Climate Impact of Energy Use. Joule, 4, 1613-1616.

Nielsen, K. S., Bauer, J. M., & Hofmann, W. (2020). Examining the Relationship Between Trait Self-Control and Mental Health: Evidence on Generalizability and Outcome Variability. Journal of Research in Personality, 84, 103901.

Nielsen, K. S., Gwozdz, W., & De Ridder, D. T. D. (2019). Unravelling the Relationship Between Trait Self-Control and Subjective Well-Being: The mediating role of four self-control strategies. Frontiers in Psychology, 10, 706.

Vandenbergh, M. P., & Nielsen, K. S. (2019). From Myths to Action, Nature Climate Change, 9, 8-9.

Nielsen, K. S. & Bauer, J. M. (2019). The Merits of Goal Support as a Self-Control Strategy. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 10, 671-680.

Gwozdz, W., Nielsen, K. S., & Müller, T. (2017). An Environmental Perspective on Clothing Consumption: Consumer Segments and Their Behavioral Patterns. Sustainability9, 762.

Thøgersen, J., & Nielsen, K. S. (2016). A Better Carbon Footprint Label. Journal of Cleaner Production125, 86-94.

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