Maria OjalaTitle: Senior Lecturer School/office: School of Law, Psychology and Social Work
Phone: +46 19 303069
About Maria Ojala
Maria Ojala is associate professor (docent) in psychology. She has a position as senior lecturer in psychology and is one of the research directors for the Center for Environmental and Sustainability Social Science (CESSS), Örebro University. Maria is also a CSSN Scholar in the Climate Social Science Network coordinated by Brown University, USA.
Maria’s main research interest concerns how young people think, feel, act, learn, and communicate about global environmental problem, with a specific focus on climate change.
More information about Maria's research and collaboration with external actors can be find at this link CV Ojala and at LinkedIn
Current research projects
Prefiguring sustainable futures through food activism: How young people deal with border tensions between the sustainable and unsustainable in everyday life. As principal investigator. Financed by the Swedish Research Council Formas.
Preconditions for communication about healthy and sustainable food with youth. As principal investigator. Postdoc project financed by Örebro University. Collaborators: Postdoc Malin Anniko
Sedvänjor att undervisa om kontroversiella hållbarhetsfrågor och elevernas lärande. As participant. Principal Investigator is Professor Leif Östman, Uppsala University. Financed by The Swedish Research Council VR.
Recent finished projects:
Mobility, informal learning and citizenship in mobile preschools. As participant. Principal Investigator is Associate Professor Danielle van der Burgt. Financed by The Swedish Foundation for Humanities and Social Sciences (RJ)
Young people´s communication with parents, friends, and teachers about global environmental problems: Emotions, coping, and self-efficacy. As principal investigator. Financed by the Swedish Research Council Formas.
Political socialization and human agency: The Development of Civic Engagement from Adolescence to Young Adulthood at Youth and Society (YeS), Örebro University. As participant. Principal investigators are professors: Erik Amnå, Håkan Stattin, Mats Ekström. Financed by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond.
Preconditions of environmental moral learning within education for sustainable development: A multidisciplinary study of young Swedes attitudes, commitments and actions. As participant. Principal investigator is Dr. Lena Molin. Financed by The Swedish Research Council VR
Mosquitoes as a threat to humans and the community: The role of social norms, place identity and ecocentric values in public risk perception. PI together with Professor Rolf Lidskog, Örebro Universitet. Financed by Länsstyrelsen i Gävleborg
Barns känslor och tankar om de globala miljöproblemen. As principal investigator. Grant from Energimyndigheten.
Learning about global environmental problems: Emotional aspects, emotion regulation, and a sense of purpose among children, adolescents, and young adults. As principal investigator Grant from The National Council for Environmental Research (Formas).
Att hantera det ambivalenta: Unga vuxnas attityder och beteende gällande energieffektivisering i hemmet. As principal investigator. Grant from Gothenburg Energy Research Foundation.