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Psychology for Climate

Psychology for Climate is working to adress the psychological dimensions and the responsibility of the institute in the ecological crisis.

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Psychology for Climate at the Department of Psychology in the University of Oslo has been established to implement a climate strategy, promote research and teaching about psychological dimensions of climate change. The group was initiated with PSI’s climate report from 2021 ( and has included students and staff to develop measure to be implemented during the next two years. The suggested measures are:

    1. Collaborate with lectures at PSI to create “green thread” during the autumn 2022 and spring 2023. The emphasis should be on the first two years of the bacholor and professional progamme. This includes lectures and/or modules that connect the subject theme to climate psychology, taught by either the course leader or a guest lecturer.
    2.  Design and deliver two new undergraduate courses (Introduction to Climate/Environmental/Eco-psychology; Green Mediation).
    3. Organize and implement PSI Climate Seminar Series in the autumn 2022 with both internal and external speakers.
    4. Write a proposal for new permanent scientific position in climate/environmental/eco-psychology.​
    5.  Collaborate with PSI administration to develop carbon footprint (impact) policy regarding resource use (e.g., electricity, paper, food).​


The strengthen the focus on environmental and climate related issues at PSI crisis, we are organizing a series of seminars with internal and external speakers. The talks will highlight the importance of psychology, also in connection with other social sciences, in solving eco-related challenges. After the lectures, there will be an opening for questions from the audience and any respondents.

Coffee and a light lunch will be served.


24 Feb.
12:15 PM, Harald Schjeldrups hus

New course: PSY2506 – Green Mediation: Conflict, Collaboration, and Change Towards a Sustainable Future

This new course is proposed based on the mandate of the PSI Climate working group to design and deliver two new undergraduate courses during 2023. The course focuses specifically on the conflicts among rival stakeholder groups in society emerging now and expected to accelerate in the coming decades due to the green energy transition to a decarbonized economy.

The memebers of the committee: Beate Seibt, Gulnaz Anjum, Nora Nord Rydningen, Charles Dana Samuelson (committee leader), Christian Andres Palacios Haugestad, Evalill Bølstad, Thomas Wolfgang Schubert, Åshild Lappegard Hauge, Charlie Dina Dickhausen (student), Magnus Hole Fjetland (student)