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Dr. Anna Heidenreich

Research Associate

Anna Heidenreich started working in the working group Digitalization and Networked Security at the Weizenbaum Institute in December 2023. Before this she worked as a researcher at the University of Potsdam and University of applied Sciences Bielefeld where she collaborated in projects concerning flood risk management and urban resilience towards natural hazards among others. Her research focus is on risk and crisis communication, behavioural theories of risk adaptation and evaluation of communication methods.

Anna Heidenreich studied B.Sc. Psychology at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena and M.Sc. Psychology with a focus on Environmental Psychology at the Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg. In 2022 she completed her doctorate titled “Risk Communicaton of Natural Hazards: explaining pathways to adaptive behaviour by applying psychological theories and using multiple quantative methods in the context of heat stress and flooding“ in the discipline of disaster risk research at the Institute of Environmental Sciences and Geography at the University of Potsdam. Anna Heidenreich was awarded the Better World Award for her thesis by the Universitätsgesellschaft Potsdam in 2023.

Positions at Weizenbaum Institut

Research Associate

Research Focus: Digital Infrastructures in Democracy

Research Group: Digitalization and Networked Security

Committees and functions

German Psychological Society (DGPs), Group of Environmental Psychology

Fields of research

Risk Communication, Warning, Environmental Psychology, Disaster Risk Research


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