ConPolicy Newsletter 2022 – 8

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  News about ConPolicy

Project on youth participation on behalf of the Federal Environment Agency
ConPolicy study on youth participation in sustainable consumption published

As part of the project 'Youth and Consumption II: Participation and Communication Formats for Sustainable Consumption', ConPolicy investigated youth-specific participation formats in the field of sustainability on behalf of the German Federal Environment Agency. In July 2022, the German Federal Environment Agency published the first partial report of the study, which presents results on success factors and recommendations for action for the design of youth participation.

In the study, an influence model for successful youth participation was first developed on the basis of a literature review and validated through interviews with experts. Furthermore, success factors of youth participation were determined by means of qualitative surveys with young people and confirmed by a quantitative survey.

Overall, the results show that important factors for successful youth participation are the effectiveness and visibility of one's own involvement. In this context, target group-specific differences were identified. In addition, it was shown that young people are significantly motivated by group dynamics and would also like to see more diversity in future structures.

The full report can be found here.

More information about the project can be found here.

New ConPolicy project for DIN Consumer council
Consumer security knowledge and behavior in the digital space

As digitization shapes everyday consumer life, consumers are confronted with new challenges and risks regarding the IT security of their devices. A growing number and intensity of threats contrasts with stagnation in the topics of security knowledge and security behavior.

Against this backdrop, the study commissioned by the DIN Consumer Council (DIN-VR) aims to survey consumer knowledge and behavior with regard to IT security, as well as requirements and wishes for further development of framework conditions and support measures. The focus here is on security aspects of IoT devices.

To this end, an inventory of consumer knowledge and behavior with regard to IT security will be conducted. A representative consumer survey will be conducted on the blind spots identified in the current state of research. Conclusions for consumer policy and for standardization will be derived from the comparison between the results of the survey and current regulations and standards.

More information about the project can be found here.

Final event of the Green Nudging project
ConPolicy presents results on the effectiveness of green nudges in companies

  Consumer policy news

Avoiding traffic jams on vacation: More consumers use navigation apps

Today, the digital association Bitkom published new survey results on the mobility behavior of German vacationers. According to the results, 94... Read more

Digital Markets Act to establish Big Tech rules that ensure greater consumer choice

Today, the European Consumer Organization (BEUC) announced that Ministers from EU countries approved the Digital Markets Act (DMA) clearing the last... Read more

New nutrition report: Climate and environmentally friendly nutrition and animal welfare labeling are important to many consumers

Today, the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) presented its 2022 nutrition report ‘Germany, as it eats’ examining the eating and... Read more

New ways of planning vacation and travel among consumers

The digital association Bitkom published new survey on the topic of travel and vacation today. According to the results, one-fifth of German consumers... Read more

  Recommended reading

Diels, J. et al.
Youth and consumption II: Participation formats for sustainable consumption

In recent years, young people have made it very clear that they recognize and use their scope for action to achieve sustainable development. In this... Read more

Ouanes, N. et al.
Prosuming – Energy sufficiency and rebound effects: Climate impact of changing household consumption patterns in Germany

Changes in energy consumption patterns after becoming a prosumer household are rarely associated with negative environmental effects, as prosuming is... Read more

Nielsen, K. et al.
The motivation–impact gap in pro-environmental clothing consumption

Accurate models of pro-environmental behavior can support environmental sustainability. Previous studies identifying the psychological predictors of... Read more

Lamla, J. et al.
Privacy and digitality – On the socio-technical transformation of self-determined life

This article addresses the ambivalent interplay between privacy and digitality by illuminating their relevance for discourses and practices of... Read more

Michaelsen, F. & L. Collini et al.
The impact of influencers on advertising and consumer protection in the Single Market

Influencer marketing as part of the advertising industry has grown significantly in recent years, becoming one of the most popular and effective forms... Read more

Chater, N. & G. Loewenstein
The i-frame and the s-frame: How focusing on individual-level solutions has led behavioral public policy astray

An influential line of thinking in behavioral science, to which the two authors have long subscribed, is that many of society’s most pressing problems... Read more