Michalina Marczak, Msc

PhD Research Fellow | NTNU


I am the initiator and, in large part, the conceptual creator of the Climate Change Emotions project. The first stages of the project – the development of the climate worry questionnaire and the large-scale questionnaire study – are directly related to my PhD research on emotional and personal aspects of climate change adaptation and mitigation under the supervision of prof. Christian Klöckner at the Department of Psychology, NTNU – Norwegian University of Science and Technology.

I graduated in Psychology at the University of Wrocław, Poland in 2016 with a thesis “Acculturation and emotional perception of nature in the Meru of Kenya” which was based on my fieldwork in East Africa. During and after my uniform 5-year programme in psychology, I have worked as a research assistant and field researcher on a number of projects in the cross-cultural experimental psychology research group at the University of Wroclaw and the Neurobiology Center at the Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology, Polish Academy of Sciences. 

My interest in fostering the quality of the social and natural environment has pushed me to the fields of environmental psychology. I have decided to use my research skills and knowledge of human psychology to scientifically approach topics related to the double challenge of social inequality and environmental degradation. I am excited that I can work in line with my goals and values under the Climate Change Emotions project.

My main research interests are:

  • environmental psychology: determinants of pro-environmental engagement and human perception of the natural environment with an emphasis on emotions and personality;
  • behavioural data science: modelling of human behavior and data analysis (mostly using R);
  • planetary health – the scientific study of the complex interconnections between human (mental) health and the condition of the natural environment.