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Hendrik Bruns

Specialist in applying behavioural interventions to motivate pro-environmental behaviour and in the various aspects of misinformation and scepticism, mainly relating to climate science.

Hendrik joined the team as a behavioural and environmental economist in 2020. His work at the JRC primarily deals with aspects of the European Green Deal, especially individual behaviour relating to climate, energy, and the environment. Hendrik is interested in applying behavioural interventions to motivate pro-environmental behaviour and in the various aspects of misinformation and scepticism, mainly relating to climate change.

He graduated from the University of Hamburg as a Doctor of Economics (Dr. rer. pol.) in 2018 and was a fellow of the International Max-Planck Research School on Earth System Modelling. His thesis focused on various aspects of behavioural instruments to foster climate-protection. He also investigated reasons and factors underlying scepticism towards climate change.

Before joining the Competence Centre on Behavioural Insights, he was a Post-Doc at the University of Hamburg. Within his research, he investigated debates on climate change, the reproducibility crisis in the social sciences, as well as the impact of cognitive scarcity on behavioural instruments.