Ph.D., environmental psychologist, post-doc at the Faculty of Psychology, RPTU Kaiserslautern-Landau, Germany
Places of work
Laura currently works as a researcher and lecturer in the environmental psychology group, Faculty of Psychology, University of Koblenz-Landau, Germany. She is a member of the Task Force "Human, Climate, Sustainability" of the German Psychological Association and of the Early Career Advisory Board of the Journal of Environmental Psychology.
She studied Psychology at the University of Konstanz, Germany, and the University of Padova, Italy. After graduating, she worked as a research assistant in the personality and social psychology group at the Otto-von-Guericke University of Magdeburg, Germany, and the media psychology group at the University of Hohenheim, Germany.
Moreover, she was a visiting scholar at the School of Psychology, University of Nottingham, England.
Summary of research
identification with all humanity, pro-environmental behaviour and policy support; sustainability communication; climate change, environmental protection and sustainable development; mind-body practice (yoga, meditation); raising the salience of IWAH within sustainability communication
General research focus: Psychological predictors of pro-environmental behaviour and policy support; sustainability communication; climate change
Research on IWAH: Relation between IWAH and engagement for environmental protection and sustainable development; cultivating IWAH through mind-body practice (yoga, meditation); raising the salience of IWAH within sustainability communication
In the Identification with All Humanity Lab, I am working on a project that aims at a cross-cultural comparison of IWAH and its correlates.
Loy, L. S., Reese, G., & Spence, A. (2022). Facing a common human fate. Relating global identity and climate change mitigation. Political Psychology. 43(3), 563–581. https://doi.org/10.1111/pops.12781
Loy, L. S., Tröger, J., Prior, P., & Reese, G. (2021). Global citizens – global jet setters? The relation between global identity, sufficiency orientation, travelling, and a socio-ecological transformation of the mobility system. Frontiers in Psychology, 12. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2021.622842
Wallis, H., & Loy, L. S. (2021). What drives pro-environmental activism of young people? A survey study on the Fridays For Future movement, Journal of Environmental Psychology, 74. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvp.2021.101581
Loy, L. S. & Spence, A. (2020). Reducing, and bridging, the psychological distance of climate change. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 67. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvp.2020.101388
Loy, L. S. & Reese, G. (2019). Hype and hope? Mind-body practice predicts pro-environmental engagement through global identity. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 66. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvp.2019.101340
Conference & presentations
- Loy, L. S., Scheuermann, A., & Reese, G. (2020; July). Meditating for connectedness? How a mind-body practice intervention impacts global identity and pro-environmental engagement. Presentation at the International Society of Political Psychology's (ISPP) Annual Meeting, virtual event.
- Loy, L. S., Leyendecker, A., Sefovic, A., Speckert, K., & Reese, G. (2019, September). Hype and hope? Mind-body practice predicts pro-environmental engagement through global identity. Presentation at the International Conference on Environmental Psychology (ICEP), Plymouth (UK).
- Loy, L. S. & Spence, A. (2017, September). Bridging the distance of climate change communication. Presentation at the International Conference on Environmental Psychology, A Coruna (Spain).