Research group at imec & Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Laura Temmerman


Personal Description

Laura Temmerman is a researcher at imec-SMIT-VUB as a member of the Data, Government & Communities (DGC) unit. In her daily work, Laura focuses on human behaviour and decision processes in the sustainability domain, as she believed understanding them is crucial in the light of the current environmental issues of the Anthropocene. It is urgent to give citizens the tools to be empowered to make smarter, more sustainable choices, as well as to give them a voice to express themselves in this picture. In this, Laura is particularly interested in the transition from the linear to the Circular Economy, and how a just transition that would leave no one behind can be fostered.

Laura graduated in 2017 with a master’s degree in Work psychology, economical and organizational psychology (Université libre de Bruxelles), where she specialised in consumption psychology. Her interest for consumer’s decision and sustainability led her to undertake a thesis on waste prevention behaviour.

She joined imec-SMIT-VUB in May 2018 to work on hackAIR, a citizen-science EU project on air quality. She further worked on FloodCitiSense, a citizen-science EU project on urban pluvial flooding, as well as on Brussels by us, a Brussel’s based project on Social Innovation for the North District. Laura is currently working on WaysTUP!, a EU project focusing on the bioeconomy (Circular Economy for biowaste).