Adrian Gadient-Brügger

Adrian Gadient-Brügger

Lecturer in Sustainable Behaviour

University of Bern

Biography / Biographie

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I am a researcher and lecturer at the University of Bern. The overarching focus of my research is to better understand the factors that encourage sustainable and particularly eco-friendly lifestyles. This interest guided my career path, on which I embarked with a Masters degree in Psychology and Environmental Sciences at the University of Zürich. I then completed a PhD at the University of Exeter in which I focused on climate change perceptions and communication. Since receiving my PhD, I have been working at the Department of Consumer Behavior at the University of Bern. Between June 2015 and September 2016 I was based as a visiting researcher (funded by an early post-doc mobility fellowship from the Swiss National Science Foundation) at Cardiff University (Understanding Risk Group). Since January 2017, I have held a position as lecturer in sustainable behaviour at the University of Bern.

Ich forsche und lehre als Dozent an der Universität Bern. In meiner Forschung interessiere ich mich dafür, welche Faktoren zu einem nachhaltigen und insbesondere umweltfreundlichen Lebensstil beitragen. Diesem Interesse bin ich auch in meiner beruflichen Laufbahn gefolgt, die mit einem Master in Psychologie und Umweltwissenschaften an der Universität Zürich begonnen hat. Danach habe ich an der Universität Exeter doktoriert und mich dabei mit der Wahrnehmung des Klimawandels in der Bevölkerung und der Kommunikation rund um dieses Thema befasst. Seit meinem Doktorat arbeite ich an der Abteilung Consumer Behavior an der Universität Bern. Zwischen Juni 2015 und September 2016 arbeitete ich (im Rahmen eines Mobilitätsstipendiums vom Schweizer Nationalfonds) an der Universität Cardiff (Understanding Risk Group). Seit Januar 2017 bin ich als Dozent für nachhaltiges Verhalten an der Universität Bern angestellt.


  • Sustainable behaviour
  • Perception and communication of climate change
  • Theoretical and empirical links between individual and collective action
  • Behavioural spillover / dynamics
  • Data analysis using R (programming language)


  • PhD in Social Psychology, 2014

    University of Exeter

  • MSc in Psychology and Environmental Sciences, 2009

    University of Zürich

  • Foundation studies in Psychology, 2005

    University of Fribourg

  • Business School Diploma and Matura, 2001

    Kantonsschule Baden