Dr Christian Bretter

Dr Christian Bretter



I am a Research Fellow in environmental psychology interested in the intersection of environmental behavior, social psychology, and political psychology. Given my background as an engineer, I am mainly interested in applying (and learning) quantitative methods such as experimental designs, SEM, or panel data to achieve my research objectives. Nonetheless, I also use qualitative methods such as semi-structured interviews to gain better insights into specific phenomena. After completing my undergraduate degree and gaining significant experience in the industry, I sought to diversify my skill set and decided to study Engineering Business Management at the University of Warwick. It was here where I became interested in learning more about why people behave in certain ways and how, if possible at all, we can encourage them to change their behavior. After having spent another year in the UK construction sector, I went to the University of Leeds to dedicate the next three years to my PhD in Organisational Behaviour. These years have sparked my interest in understanding environmental behavior and the psychological factors that influence it. I therefore started to work in my current position after I completed my PhD studies.


Prizes/ awards

Leeds Doctoral Scholarship

E-fellows.net scholarship for outstanding performance (German career network, 2019)

Scholarship for exceptional performance from the University of Warwick for the MSc in Engineering Business Management (2015)

Honoured for two years of extraordinary work by the Coorporative State University for achievements that resulted from volunteering engagement (2014)


Professional Experience

Vp plc, Commercial Management Graduate Scheme, UK (Oct 2016 - Sep 2017)

KSPG AG, Leading Project Manager for R&D, Germany (Oct 2014 - Sep 2015)

Full CV and References are available on request.

Research interests

I am mainly interested in the intersection of environmental behavior, social psychology, and political psychology. Understanding why humans behave environmentally (and why not) through the lens of social psychology and political psychology is at the core of my research. Currently, I am involved in an ESRC-funded project in which we examine the drivers of household food waste. Additionally, I am working on examining how human values shape individual approval of environmental policies and how such values may (or may not) change over time. Ultimately, I aim to conduct rigorous research that enhances our psychological understanding of environmental (and political) behavior, thereby informing policymakers and practitioners to make better-informed decisions. 


  • BEngĀ Mechanical Engineering, Corporate State University (Mosbach, Germany)
  • MScĀ Engineering Business Management (with distinction), The University of Warwick (Coventry, UK)
  • PhD Organisational Behaviour, University of Leeds (Leeds, UK)

Professional memberships

  • American Psychological Association (APA)

Student education

I have extensive experience in teaching both undergraduate and postgraduate modules across the faculties of business (LUBS) and environment (School of Earth and Environment) at the University of Leeds. As part of these roles, I have also marked various student assignments.

Research groups and institutes

  • Workplace Behaviour Research Centre