Milan Tamis

About me

Behavior and its complexity are fascinating to me. I am intrigued as to how different groups of people deal with sustainability and climate change and why some people behave pro-actively, whereas others behave avoidantly. I live in the city, and I love going to the beach to relax, no matter the season. In my spare time I like to do sports (running, calisthenics, yoga), try to learn something new, cook healthy and mostly plant-based meals, have habit of playing video games, and try to maintain a creative outlet. I love getting to know new people.

Personal Motivation

Aside from the thirst for knowledge about a topic I am fond of and the drive to develop myself further professionally and contribute to a sustainable society, I love working on this PhD because I believe that technological innovation is not enough to combat climate change and that sustainability requires behavior change as well. Hence, we need to explore the relation between sustainable technology and behavior. With an increase in attention for sustainable technologies to solve climate related issues, comes an increase in attention for the behavioral response to these new sustainable technologies. As citizens, people voice opinions on novel technologies they encounter in public spaces and as consumers, people buy or refrain from buying sustainable technologies for a myriad of reasons that often go beyond rational economic behavior. Different psychological, social, and contextual factors influence people’s behavior as citizens and consumers when it comes to the use and acceptance of sustainable technologies, which is why it is important to explore these factors.

The human factor

The aim of the research conducted in work package 7 is to study the social and behavioural aspects that arise with the development and implementation of sustainable energy and mobility technology. This concerns aspects such as the adoption of a technology and the personal preferences on the use of a technology. The research results from this work package can be used as input for the agent-based model in work package 10.

Link to other neon research

I will expect to be working most closely with Helena Schmidt, who studies the social acceptance of airborne wind energy, as well as the researchers from work package 10, to provide input on behavior for the integral model. Depending on the technologies chosen for the studies in my PhD, I might also collaborate with researchers from the technology-oriented work packages.