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Elisabeth Kals
Name: Prof. Dr. Elisabeth Kals
Anschrift: Katholische Universität Eichstätt-Ingolstadt
Ostenstraße 25
85072 Eichstätt
Gebäude: Waisenhaus
Raum: WH 305
Telefon: +49 8421 93 - 21567
Fax: +49 8421 93 - 215700
E-Mail: elisabeth.kals(at)
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Academic activities at universities and research institutes

  • 2008 lecturing at the Mokdong Institute of Family Therapy and Mediation in Seoul (Korea); cooperation project with the University of Vechta, invited by Prof. Dr. Peter Kaiser
  • Since 10/2003 professor for social and organizational psychology at the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt
  • 2003 visiting professor at the University der Bundeswehr in Munich (educational sciences; "theories of socialization and education")
  • 2002 lecturing at the University der Bundeswehr in Munich
  • 1999 to 2002 assistant professor at the University of Trier
  • 1993 to 1999 postdoctoral fellow at the University of Trier
  • 1999 researching at the Australian Research Centre for Water in Society of the CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and industrial Research Organization) in Perth (Australia), invited by Dr. Geoff Syme (director of the institute)


  • 1993 to 1998, Habilitation Psychology, University of Trier
  • 1991 to 1993, Ph.D. Psychology (summa cum laude), University of Trier
  • 1987 to 1988, Study of psychology at the University of Reading (England)
  • 1985 to 1991, Diplom Psychology (High honors), University of Trier 

Honours and Mentorship

  • Mentor in the "Max-Weber-Programm" for excellent students at the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt (organized by the "Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes")
  • Member in the executive board of the "Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes" (evaluating proposals in the doctoral fellowship program)
  • 1992 Doctoral Fellowship of the "Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes" (German Academic Foundation)
  • Member in the executive board of the "Hugo-Münsterberg-Medaille" for the outstanding contributions to applied psychology (Berufsverband Deutscher Psychologinnen und Psychologen, BDP)
  • Member of the editor board of the journal "Konfliktdynamik" (since its foundation in 2011)

Research projects and international contacts

  • Research study on the support and actual use of mediation as an alternative and sustainable approach to solve social conflicts
  • Scientific evaluation and accompanying study on the organizational changes within the volunteer fire brigade organization (Ministerium für Inneres und Kommunales of the state of NRW)
  • Research studies in cooperation with volunteer organizations (Kolping-Werk, Deutsches Rotes Kreuz, Caritas etc.)
  • Leader of the German DFG-project as part of the international D-A-CH Lead-Agency Project together with the leading Swiss Nationalfonds-project of Prof. Dr. Theo Wehner (ETH Zürich), titled "Volunteers and Non-Volunteers: Social justice cognitions and engagement in voluntary work activity"
  • Leader (together with PD Dr. Markus Müller) of the project "Ecological justice and sustainability - justice judgements and their impact on private and political behavior in the field of energy problems" (Schwerpunktprogramm "Nachhaltigkeit" of the KU Eichstätt-Ingolstadt)
  • 15.-17.10.2009: Organization of an interdisciplinary, international conference at the KU Eichstätt-Ingolstadt together with Jürgen Maes (University der Bundeswehr Munich), titled "The potential of justice research for conflict resolution and the understanding of societal problems." Founded by the Volkswagen Foundation.
  • Leader of the DFG-Project "Psychological analysis related to justice and mediation of conflicts: an intercultural comparison regarding local environmental conflicts" as cooperation project with the CSIRO (Perth, Australia)
  • Leader (together with Prof. Dr. Leo Montada and PD Dr. Jürgen Maes) of the DFG-Project "Development and testing of individual-and organizational-psychological acting models relevant for intervention for the promotion of pro- environmental behaviour in three regional acting settings" referring to the special reserach field "Umwelt und Region" at the University Trier
  • Leader (together with Prof. Dr. Leo Montada ) of the DFG continuation project on the "Taking-over of responsibility in local commons" referring to the Priority Programme "Globale Umweltveränderungen"
  • Leader (together with Prof. Dr. Leo Montada ) of the DFG-Project "Traffic-related commitments in various conceptions commons referring to the Priority Programme "Globale Umweltveränderungen"
  • Leader of the project "Conception and evaluation of measures promoting environmental awareness and behaviour in pupils" in cooperation with the "Forschungsfonds Rheinland-Pfalz" (Research fund of Rheinland Palatinate)
  • Cooperation project (leader PD Dr. Jürgen Maes) on the testing phase in the German school system to reduce school from 13 to 12 years (cooperation with the "Ministerium für Bildung und Kultur Rheinland-Pfalz")
  • Cooperation with Prof. Dr. Saleem Ali (University of Vermont) and Prof. Dr. Susan Clayton (College of Wooster) on intercultural conflicts and peace (research visit and public talk of Prof. Dr. Saleem Ali in Eichstätt in May 2008)
  • Cooperation with Dr. Geoff Syme and Blair Nancarrow (CSIRO, Perth, Australia) on ecological and justice conflicts (research visit and public talk of Dr. Geoff Syme in Eichstätt in June 2004)

Reviewing activities for journals

  • Psychological Reports
  • Perceptual and Motor Skills
  • Social Justice Research
  • Water International (Official Journal of International Water Ressources Association)
  • Trames (Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences)
  • Zeitschrift für Sozialpsychologie
  • Zeitschrift für Gesundheitspsychologie 
  • Report Psychologie
  • Umweltpsychologie
  • Diagnostica
  • Journal of Individual Differences
  • Human Ecological Review
  • Journal of Environmental Psychology