Greening organisations

DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHOLOGY

Greening organisations

Three people looking at a waterfall. Photo.

Aims of research group

This interdisciplinary research group, with researchers from psychology and business backgrounds, aims to develop knowledge to help organisations respond to environmental issues and become more sustainable. 

Background

One of the most significant challenges facing organisations today is the need to effectively respond, and adapt,  to climate change and issues of environmental degradation. Organisations have an important role in changing current work practices and creating sustainable solutions, products and services.

Lines of research and contribution

The research group applies different perspectives to explore psychological and organisational barriers and success factors to respond to environmental and sustainability issues in the organizational context. Our work is organized around the following streams of research:

  • A psychological perspective focusing on the role of emotions, meaning, identity and coping in promoting pro-environmental behavior within, and related to, the organisational context.

  • A business/organisational perspective focusing on innovation, entrepreneurship, business relations and new business models. 

We do research on “green” start-ups, established private and public organizations, not-for profit organizations and students involved in in sustainability-oriented entrepreneurship education and/or incubators. We utilize both quantitative and qualitative methods in our research. 

Members of research group

Members of research group

  • Anne Iversen, Associate professor, Department of Psychology, NTNU
  • Tina Bjørnevik Aune, Associate professor, NTNU Business School
  • Roger Sørheim, Professor, Department of Industrial Economics and Technology Management, NTNU
  • Caroline Yeng-Ting Cheng, Assistant Professor, Department of Industrial Economics and Technology Management, NTNU
  • Sophia Efstathiou, Postdoctoral Fellow – Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, NTNU
  • Rachel Doern, Senior Lecturer, Goldsmiths College, University of London, UK
  • Sally Russell, Associate Professor, School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds, UK