Dr. Sina Klein


Postdoc                                                  Klein web

Research Centre for Environmental Economics​

Alfred-Weber-Institute for Economics

Bergheimer Str. 20

69115 Heidelberg


Room: 323

Phone. +49 6221 54 8017

Fax. +49 6221 54 8020


Research interests

  • Cooperation in economic games
    • Interaction of person and situation factors
    • Application to environmental issues
  • Pro-environmental behavior
    • Decision conflict between cooperation and pro-environmental behavior
    • Personality variables related to prosocial and pro-environmental behavior
  • Morality and cheating behavior


Education and employment

since 2019: Postdoctoral researcher, Research Center for Environmental Economics, University of Heidelberg (Germany)

2015-2019: Ph.D. in Psychology, Cognitive Psychology Department, University of Koblenz-Landau (Germany)

2011-2014: Master of Science in Psychology, University of Mannheim (Germany) & University of Queensland (Australia)

2008-2011: Bachelor of Science in Psychology, University of Mannheim (Germany)



2021: Start-up funds for the initiation of joint projects in water research (15.000€, Water Research Network Baden-Württemberg & Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts, Baden-Württemberg, together with Simon Schaub, M.Sc.)

2020: „Conflict of cooperation and pro-environmental behavior: Social and temporal determinants of choice behavior” (250.000€, 3-year grant funded by the German Research Foundation, together with Prof. Benjamin E. Hilbig, Ph.D.)


Publications (chronological)

van den Broek, K. L., Klein, S. A., Luomba, J. & Fischer, H. Introducing M-Tool: A standardised and inclusive mental model mapping tool. System Dynamics Review., 37(4), 353-362.

Klein, S. A., Nockur, L., & Reese, G. (in press). Prosociality from the perspective of environmental psychology. Current Opinion in Psychology. 10.1016/j.copsyc.2021.09.001

Klein, S. A., & Rudert, S. C. (in press). If they don’t care, I won’t share: Feeling unrelated to one’s in-group increases selfishness instead of behavior for the greater good. European Journal of Social Psychology.

Klein, S. A., van den Broek, K. L., Luomba, J., Onyango, H. O., Mbilingi, B., & Akumu, J. 2021). How knowledge acquisition shapes system understanding in small-scale fisheries. Current Research in Ecological and Social Psychology, 100018.

Hilbig, B. E., Thielmann, I., Klein, S. A., Moshagen, M. & Zettler, I. (2021). The dark core of personality and socially aversive psychopathology. Journal of Personality, 89, 216-227.

van den Broek, K. L., Luomba, J., Onyango, H. O., Musobya, M., & Klein, S. A. (2020). A framework for codeveloping conservation research projects with stakeholders: A Lake Victoria case study. Lakes & Reservoirs: Science, Policy, and Management for Sustainable Use.

Klein, S. A., Thielmann, I., Hilbig, B. E. & Heck, D. W. (2020). On the robustness of the association between Honesty-Humility and dishonest behavior for varying incentives. Journal of Research in Personality, 88, 104006.

Heck, D. W., Thielmann, I., Klein, S. A., & Hilbig, B. E. (2020). On the limited generality of air pollution and anxiety as causal determinants of unethical behavior: Commentary on Lu, Lee, Gino, & Galinsky (2018). Psychological Science, 31(6), 741-747.

Klein, S. A., Heck, D. W., Reese, G., & Hilbig, B. E. (2019). On the relationship between Openness to Experience, political orientation, and pro-environmental behavior. Personality and Individual Differences, 138, 344-348.

Klein, S. A., & Hilbig, B. E. (2019). On the lack of real consequences in consumer research - and its consequences. Experimental Psychology, 66(1), 68-76.

Klein, S. A., & Hilbig, B. E. (2018). How virtual nature experiences can promote pro-environmental behavior. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 60, 41-47.

Klein, S. A., Hilbig, B. E., & Heck, D. W. (2017). Which is the greater good? A social dilemma paradigm disentangling environmentalism and cooperation. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 53, 40-49.

Klein, S. A., Thielmann, I., Hilbig, B. E., & Zettler, I. (2017). Between me and we: The importance of self-profit versus social justifiability for ethical decision making. Judgment and Decision Making, 12(6), 563-571.

Hilbig, B. E., Thielmann, I., Klein, S. A., Henninger, F. (2016). The two faces of cooperation: On the unique role of HEXACO Agreeableness for forgiveness versus retaliation. Journal of Research in Personality, 64, 69-78.

Hilbig, B. E., Thielmann, I., Hepp, J., Klein, S. A., & Zettler, I. (2015). From personality to altruistic behavior (and back): Evidence from a double-blind dictator game. Journal of Research in Personality, 55, 46-50.

Reinecke, L., & Klein, S. A. (2015). Game Studies und Medienpsychologie. In K. Sachs-Hombach & J.-N. Thon (Eds.), Game Studies. Aktuelle Ansätze der Computerspielforschung. Köln: Herbert von Halem.

Rummel, J., Hepp, J., Klein, S. A., & Silberleitner, N. (2012). Affective state and event-based prospective memory. Cognition & Emotion, 26, 351-361.

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