Wallner, T.S.

PhD Consumer Behaviour in a Circular Economy

Department Product Innovation Management
Section Marketing and Consumer Behaviour

Academic Background

Theresa is a social scientist with a passion for sustainable development that is inspired by her background in clinical and social psychology. Theresa aims to bridge the gap between disciplines and use her knowledge as a psychologist to enhance sustainable consumer behaviour. 

Her current work focusses on designs for a Circular Economy in particularly design strategies to stimulate sustainable Consumer Behaviour with a focus on refurbished products. During her PhD at the Marketing and Consumer Behaviour Research group, Theresa wants to develop design guidelines for refurbishment. 

Her prior work focussed on social- and political aspects of sustainable development, such as trauma and integration of refugees in the Netherlands (UvA) and conflict resolution interventions (UvA, IDC Herzilya).


  • 2015 ─ 2017
    Research Master Psychology, University of Amsterdam
  • 2012 ─ 2015
    Psychology and Neuroscience, Maastricht University


  • 2015 ─ 2018
    Conducting and assisting in quantitative and qualitative research projects at various institutions
  • 2018 ─ 2019
    Board Member, VluchtelingenWerk Amsterdam Noord
  • 2016 ─ 2018
    Teacher and Junior Lecturer, Politics, Psychology, Law and Economics College, University of Amsterdam
    Teacher for Statistics for Experimental Research, Behavioural Economics, Doing Research in Social Science, Groups processes and decision making in the interdisciplinary Honours Bachelor Psychology, Politics, Law and Economics.
  • 2015 ─ 2017
    Field Research Instructor
    Instructor for a field research seminar in Geneva for Structural Analysis of Cultural System with students from the Technical University of Berlin. During this field research seminar, Theresa prepared students to conduct field research in remote areas and to participate at the 10th Annual session of the UN Expert Mechanism on the Rights of indigenous Peoples.

Lectures and/or coaches students on:

  • Sustainable Consumer Behaviour
  • Consumer Behaviour
  • SPD research

Involved in the research project(s):

Consumer Behaviour in a Circular Economy

Paradoxical thinking as means to promote peace

Integration, Social Resilience and Traumatic experiences of Refugees