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Cambridge Centre for Environment, Energy and Natural Resource Governance


Paul Lohmann is a PhD Researcher at the Cambridge Centre for Environment, Energy and Natural Resource Governance (C-EENRG) at the University of Cambridge. His PhD takes an interdisciplinary approach, combining methods from economics and behavioural science to explore human behaviour, well-being and mental health in the face of climate change. He is currently in his third year of his PhD which is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and Corpus Christi College Cambridge. Additionally, Paul is currently co-editor for the C-EENRG working paper series.

Paul’s background is in environmental economics and policy. After graduating from the University of Kent with a first-class hons degree in Economics (BSc), Paul came to Cambridge to pursue a degree in Environmental Policy at the Department of Land Economy (MPhil). Prior to the PhD, Paul worked as a research intern at the Kiel Institute for the World Economy as part of the Environment and Natural Resources research team. Throughout the PhD, Paul has taken on a variety of teaching assistant positions, supervising both Undergraduate and Master’s students.


Paul’s research combines methods from multiple disciplines, including econometrics, experimental economics, behavioural science and geography. There are three main themes to Paul’s work addressing the following policy questions:


1) The effect of air pollution on economic behaviour, human well-being and mental health.

  • Does air pollution make people more anti-social, and if yes, why?
  • Is there a causal link between air pollution and mental health?

2) Nudging sustainable behaviour through information and warm glow.

  • Do carbon footprint labels encourage more sustainable food choices?
  • Can behavioural nudges unlock the emotional reward associated with warm glow and thus foster pro-environmental behaviour and sustain behaviour change?

3) Climate Change Impacts:

  • Does experiencing extreme weather events change peoples’ climate change perceptions and sustainable behaviour?
  • Do climate change impacts change environmental behaviour, voting behaviour and subjective well-being?


Key publications: 

Lohmann, P., Pondorfer, A., & Rehdanz, K. (2019). Natural Hazards And Well-Being In A Small-Scale Island Society. Ecological Economics 159, 344-353.

Working papers

Does Flood Experience raise Concern about Climate Change? Causal Evidence from Major UK Flood Events (with Andreas Kontoleon)

Estimating the effect of Air Pollution on Mental Health using Atmospheric Temperature Inversions (with Benedict Probst)

Measuring Renewable Energy Externalities in the UK: A Subjective Well-being Approach (with Andreas Kontoleon)


Work in Progress (selection)

Nudging warm glow to save the planet: Encouraging pro-environmental behaviour by making people feel good about sustainable choices (with Sander van der Linden, Elisabeth Gsottbauer and Andreas Kontoleon)

The Causal Effect of Air Pollution on Antisocial Behaviour (with Elisabeth Gsottbauer, Jing You and Andreas Kontoleon – Pre-registered at

 A Natural Field Experiment on Food Choices under Carbon Footprint Labelling Schemes (with Andreas Kontoleon)

Centre Researcher
 Paul  Lohmann


Person keywords: 
Climate Change Impacts
Behavioural Environmental Economics
Behaviour Change
Geographic Information Systems (GIS)