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Sander van der Linden

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Sander van der Linden

ResidenceCambridge, England, UK
Alma materLondon School of Economics and Political Science, Ph.D., 2014
Scientific career

Sander L. van der Linden is a social psychologist on the faculty in the Department of Psychology at the University of Cambridge where he has directed the Cambridge Social Decision-Making Laboratory since 2016.[1] He is also a Fellow and Director of Studies in Psychological and Behavioural Sciences at Churchill College, Cambridge, a research affiliate of the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication at Yale University and the Winton Centre for Risk and Evidence Communication at the University of Cambridge.[2]

van der Linden studies the psychology of social influence, risk, human judgment, and decision-making.

He was named a Rising Star by the Association for Psychological Science[3] and is particularly known for his research on the psychology of social issues, such as fake news[4] and climate change[5]


He completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Psychology and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public Affairs at Princeton University and was a visiting research scholar (2012-2014) at Yale University.[6] He received his PhD from the London School of Economics and Political Science[2] and earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Amsterdam and California State University, Chico.[7]


He serves on the editorial board of Psychology, Public Policy, and Law, Personality and Individual Differences, and the Journal of Risk Research, among others.[8][9][10]

He is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Environmental Psychology.[11]



  • Risk and Uncertainty in a Post-Truth Society (Earthscan Risk in Society), 2019. ISBN 978-0367235437


  1. ^ "Department Welcomes Dr. van der Linden". Retrieved 27 May 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Sander van der Linden's Cambridge University Department Page". Retrieved 27 May 2017.
  3. ^ "APS Rising Stars". Retrieved 7 March 2019.
  4. ^ "Could this be the cure for fake news?". BBC. Retrieved 7 March 2019.
  5. ^ "How Psychology can Save the World from Climate Change". NPR. Retrieved 7 March 2019.
  6. ^ "Princeton Biography". Princeton University. Retrieved 17 February 2019.
  7. ^ "Sander van der Linden". Grantham Research Institute on climate change and the environment. Retrieved 12 April 2018.
  8. ^ Psychology, Public Policy, and Law. APA. Retrieved 6 February 2019.
  9. ^ "Personality and Individual Differences". Elsevier. Retrieved 6 February 2019.
  10. ^ "Journal of Risk Research". Taylor & Francis. Retrieved 14 December 2017.
  11. ^ "Journal of Environmental Psychology". Elsevier. Retrieved 6 February 2019.

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