Members

Marijn Meijers is an Assistant Professor in Environmental Communication at ASCoR, co-director of the ECoLab, and vice-chair of ICA’s Environmental Communication Division and NeFca’s Environmental Communication TWG.  Her  research and teaching focuses on understanding and stimulating pro-environmental behavior. Her work has been supported by several grants like an NWO Veni grant from the Dutch Science Foundation. Her current research topics include harnessing novel affordances of digital communication such as Virtual Reality to enhance environmental communication, looking at the interplay of health and climate change, and environmental behavior change.

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Anke Wonneberger is an Associate Professor in Corporate Communication at the Amsterdam School of Communication Research (ASCoR), co-director of the ECoLab, and board member of the International Environmental Communication Association (IECA). Her current research topics include strategic communication of nonprofit organizations and environmental communication. She is particularly interested in the role of nonprofit organizations in public discourses. She is studying specific discourses, for instance, on the issue of climate change, or compares strategic communication of nonprofits to other types of organizations. In addition, her research interests include audience research and media exposure measures.

Andreas Schuck is an Associate Professor in Political Communication & Journalism at the Amsterdam School of Communication Research (ASCoR) at the University of Amsterdam. His research focuses on public opinion dynamics, media and framing effects on political participation, citizen (de-)mobilization and political behavior. He is interested in the potential of solutions journalism for stimulating pro-environmental behavior, the role of emotions in climate change communication and the use and effects of digital memes about climate change and how citizens cope with existential crises and collective trauma.  

Christel W. van Eck is an Assistant Professor at ASCoR who specializes in climate change communication and polarization. She is interested in the role of online media in climate change polarization, effective science communication, and the Dutch energietransitie. She obtained her PhD at Wageningen University with a thesis about climate change polarization in the blogosphere. Christel is passionate about bridging the science and practice of climate change communication. For example, Christel is part of the Board of Advisors of the ClimateHelpdesk. 

Prof. dr. Christian Burgers is a Full Professor in the Amsterdam School of Communication Research (ASCoR) at the University of Amsterdam.His research focuses on the role of language in strategic communication, with a particular focus on figurative language such as metaphor, hyperbole and irony. He studies the use and effects of metaphor, hyperbole and irony across domains of discourse (e.g., political communication, health communication, persuasive communication, interpersonal communication).

Prof. dr. Edith G. Smit is a Full Professor of Persuasive Communication at the Amsterdam School of Communication Research, University of Amsterdam. Her research focuses on consumer empowerment (e.g., resilience, privacy concerns, pro-environmental behavior). Regarding sustainability she, for example, investigates green packaging cues and green online communities. 

Eline Smit is an Associate Professor in Health Communicaton at the Amsterdam School of Communication Research (ASCoR), University of Amsterdam, and the vice-chair of the Amsterdam Center for Health Communication. Her research and teaching focus on the development and (cost-)effectiveness evaluation of innovative digital health communication for lifestyle associated behavior change (e.g., through KWF projects and an NWO Veni project). She aims to use insights from health communication to change behavior for the greener and put planetary health higher on the health communication research agenda.  

Hande Sungur is a Post-doctoral Lecturer in Youth and Media Entertainment program group at the Amsterdam School of Communication Research (ASCoR). Her research interest lies in developing an understanding of the link between the affordances of the immersive media technologies and user’s experiences. Specifically, she is interested in developing theoretically grounded immersive media experiences that can educate and help promote pro-social behaviors such as being more sustainable. 

Irina Lock is a Full Professor of Strategic Communication at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena, she previously worked at the Amsterdam School of Communication Research (ASCoR) in the program group corporate communication. Her research interests lie in digital corporate communication, corporate social responsibility (CSR) communication, and public affairs and lobbying. 

Jeroen Jonkman is an Assistant Professor in Corporate Communication at the Amsterdam School of Communication Research (ASCoR), University of Amsterdam. His research focusses on the communicative interplay between organizations, politics, citizens, and journalism in the context of the Dutch and European energy transition. He uses digital and computational methods to map the dynamics of complex controversies over sustainable energy solutions and studies attitudinal and behavioral effects of strategic communication to promote or impede sustainable energy solutions.     

Priska Breves is an Assistant Professor in Persuasive Communication at the Amsterdam School of Communication Research (ASCoR). Her research focuses on the impact of new media technologies (e.g., VR, social media) on individuals’ attitudes and behavior in commercial (e.g., brand evaluations) and non-commercial contexts (e.g., environmental attitudes). Priska is particularly interested in the psychological mechanisms that underlie these processes and are believed to foster persuasion (e.g., feelings of spatial presence, parasocial relationships).  

Shreya Dubey is a Doctoral Candidate at the Amsterdam School of Communication Research, University of Amsterdam. In her PhD, she focuses on environmental communication on social media platforms. More specifically, her project aims to understand environmental discourse on social media and subsequently design digital communication strategies for pro-environmental behavior change. Besides her PhD, Shreya is also a contributing expert for the European Commission’s JRC Horizon project on Meaningful and Ethical Communication, with a special focus on the climate crisis. 

Sophie C. Boerman is an Associate Professor in Persuasive Communication at the Strategic Communication group at Wageningen University & Research. She is chair of NeFca’s Environmental Communication TWG She is fascinated to understand how people are persuaded by communication, and how we can use (our insights into) persuasive communication to empower people to make better, more informed decisions, for instance regarding their healthy and sustainable behavior.

Zeph M. C. van Berlo is an Assistant Professor of Persuasive Communication at the Amsterdam School of Communication Research (ASCoR), University of Amsterdam. He studies the use of immersive technologies (e.g., AR/VR/XR) in both commercial (e.g., advertising, consumer-brand-interactions) and non-commercial (e.g., promotion of sustainable/healthy behavior) contexts.