Julia Meis, M.Sc.

Melbourne School of Psychological SciencesJulia Meis
Redmond Barry Building
University of Melbourne
VIC 3010



Room: 809
Email: j.meis@student.unimelb.edu.au


DAAD- Scholarship "Binational Doctoral Program"

Binational Joint Supervision of Doctoral Work:

  • Prof. Dr. Nicholas Haslam, University of Melbourne
  • JProf. Dr. Friederike Eyssel


About me

In June 2014, I have started my PhD at the 'Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences' in Australia with research parts at the CITEC in Bielefeld. As part of my Master degree at the University of Cologne (received in 2014), I worked as a research assistant at the University of Melbourne in 2013. In 2011, I received my Bachelor degree in Business Psychology at the University of Lueneburg.

My PhD thesis examines the psychological mechanisms involved in self-regulation of environmentally sustainable behaviour, particularly, how people interact with cultural artefacts, i.e., various things in the built-environment such as signage and objects in everyday life. The research shows that people’s explicitly held pro-environmental tendencies, rather than implicit environmental identity, play a significant role in guiding attention to and evaluations of environmentally relevant cultural artefacts, and signage can be a useful tool for aiding people’s self-regulatory efforts in sustainable behaviour.

Research interests

  • Behaviour change
  • enviornmental psychology
  • self-regulation
  •  attitudes
  • attention



Articles in peer-reviewed proceedings

Lohmann, M., Denstadli, J. M., Jacobsen J. K. S., Hübner A. C., & Meis, J. (2012). Weather Related Consumer Behavior Patterns in Tourism and Climate Change, Proceedings of the International Conference on ‘Tourism, Climate Change and Sustainability’, 48-49.

Articles in peer-reviewed journals

Meis, J. & Kashima, Y. (2017). Signage as a tool for behavioral change: Direct and indirect routes to understanding the meaning of a sign. Plos one, 12(8). doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0182975