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Ulf Liebe

Professor of Sociology and Quantitative Methods
Director of Warwick Q-Step Centre


Room: D0.22
Telephone: +44(0)24 765 72647
Advice and Feedback Hours: Friday 1pm - 3pm


Current Research Topics

Discrimination, environmental behaviour, multifactorial survey experiments, prosociality, survey methodology, sustainability


Current Projects

(2017 – 2020) “Social Status and Prosociality: A Cross-Cultural Study in Four Selected Countries”, Swiss National Science Foundation and German Research Foundation (with Andreas Tutić, University of Leipzig).

(2014 – 2020) “Feminisation, Agricultural Transition and Rural Employment: Social and Political Conditions of Asset-Building in the Context of Export-Led Agriculture and Alternative Income Generating Opportunities”, Swiss National Science Foundation, National Research Programme “Swiss Programme for Research on Global Issues for Development” (several project partners from Bolivia, Laos, Nepal, Rwanda, Switzerland).

(2015 – 2019) “Reducing Energy Consumption and Promoting Green Electricity. The Role of Soft Incentives”, Swiss National Science Foundation, National Research Programme 71 “Managing Energy Consumption” (with Andreas Diekmann, ETH Zürich).

(2015 – 2018) “Environmental Justice – Social Distribution, Justice Evaluations and Acceptance Levels of Unfavorable Local Environmental Conditions”, Swiss National Science Foundation and German Research Foundation (with Andreas Diekmann, ETH Zürich, Karin Kurz, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Peter Preisendörfer, Johannes Gutenberg Universität Mainz).


Journal Articles (Selection)

(forthcoming): How Stable Are Anti-American Attitudes over Time? A Test-Retest Study in Germany Including Twelve Statements to Measure Aversion against America and Americans (with Heiko Beyer). International Journal of Sociology.

(2017) Using Factorial Survey Experiments to Measure Attitudes, Social Norms, and Fairness Concerns in Developing Countries (with Ismaïl M. Moumouni, Christine Bigler, Chantal Ingabire, and Sabin Bieri). Sociological Methods & Research. online first.

(2017) A Turbine is not only a Turbine: The Role of Social Context and Fairness Characteristics for the Local Acceptance of Wind Power (with Anna Bartczak and Jürgen Meyerhoff). Energy Policy 107: 300-308.

(2017) Giving More to Humans than to Animals in Need? A Behavioral Measure of Animal–Human Continuity in Large-scale Surveys (with Benedikt Jahnke). Anthrozoös 30: 249-261.

(2017) The Elective Affinities of Anti-Semitic and Anti-American Resentments in Germany (with Heiko Beyer). Social Science Quarterly. online first.

(2017) Has Anti-Americanism Become a “Progressive Prejudice” in Germany? Attitudes of the German Public toward America and Americans (with Heiko Beyer). The Sociological Quarterly 2: 202-228.

(2017) Low-Cost-Hypothese und Rationalität: Eine neue theoretische Herleitung und einige Implikationen [Low-Cost-Hypothesis and Rationality: A New Theoretical Derivation and some Implications]. (with Andreas Tutić and Thomas Voss) Kölner Zeitschrift für Soziologie und Sozialpsychologie 69: 651-672.

(2017) Sozialer Status und prosoziales Handeln: Ein Quasi-Experiment im Krankenhaus [Social status and prosocial behavior: a quasi-experiment in the hospital] (with Elias Naumann and Andreas Tutić) Kölner Zeitschrift für Soziologie und Sozialpsychologie 69: 109-129.

(2016) Context Effects and the Temporal Stability of Stated Preferences (with Cordula Hundeshagen, Heiko Beyer, and Stephan von Cramon-Taubadel). Social Science Research 60: 135-147.

(2016) Generosity is a Sign of Trustworthiness – the Punishment of Selfishness is not (with Wojtek Przepiorka). Evolution and Human Behavior 37: 255-262.

(2015) Does the use of mobile devices (tablets and smartphones) affect survey quality and choice behaviour in web surveys? (Klaus Glenk, Malte Oehlmann, and Jürgen Meyerhoff) The Journal of Choice Modelling 14: 17-31.

(2015) Do Information, Price, or Morals Influence Ethical Consumption? A Natural Field Experiment and Customer Survey on the Purchase of Fair Trade Coffee (with Veronika Andorfer). Social Science Research 51: 330-350.

(2015) Three Experimental Approaches to Measure the Social Context Dependence of Prejudice Communication and Discriminatory Behavior (with Heiko Beyer). Social Science Research 49: 343-355.

(2014) Anti-Americanism in Europe: Theoretical Mechanisms and Empirical Evidence (with Heiko Beyer). European Sociological Review 30 (1): 90-106.

(2013) Consumer Behavior in Moral Markets. On the Relevance of Identity, Justice Beliefs, Social Norms, Status and Trust in Ethical Consumption (with Veronika Andorfer). European Sociological Review 29 (6): 1251-1265.

(2013) Zur Messung aktueller Erscheinungsformen von Judenfeindlichkeit mithilfe des faktoriellen Surveys [Measuring Current Manifestations of Hostility towards Jews Using Factorial Surveys] (with Heiko Beyer). Zeitschrift für Soziologie 42 (3): 186-199.

(2012) Test–Retest Reliability of Choice Experiments in Environmental Valuation (with Jürgen Meyerhoff and Volkmar Hartje). Environmental and Resource Economics 53 (3): 389-407.

(2012) Research on Fair Trade Consumption—A Review (with Veronika Andorfer). Journal of Business Ethics 106: 415-435.

(2012) Protester or non-protester: a binary state? On the use (and non-use) of latent class models to analyse protesting in economic valuation (with Jürgen Meyerhoff and Anna Bartczak). Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics 56 (2): 438–454.

(2012) Preferences of Scotch Malt Whisky Consumers for Changes in Pesticide Use and Origin of Barley (with Klaus Glenk, Clare Hall, and Jürgen Meyerhoff). Food Policy 37: 719–731.

(2011) To Pay or Not to Pay: Competing Theories to Explain Individuals’ Willingness to Pay for Public Environmental Goods (with Peter Preisendörfer and Jürgen Meyerhoff). Environment and Behavior 43 (1): 106-130.

(2011) Choice-Experimente und die Messung von Handlungsentscheidungen in der Soziologie [Choice Experiments and the Measurement of Behavioral Decisions in Sociology] (with Katrin Auspurg). Kölner Zeitschrift für Soziologie und Sozialpsychologie 63 (2): 301-314.

(2010) Different Routes to Explain Pro-Environmental Behavior: An Overview and Assessment. Analyse & Kritik 32 (1): 137-157.

(2010) Status Groups and Altruistic Behaviour in Dictator Games (with Andreas Tutić). Rationality and Society 22 (3): 353-380.

(2010) Are the Affluent Prepared to Pay for the Planet? Explaining Willingness to Pay for Public and Quasi-private Environmental Goods in Switzerland (with Reto Meyer). Population and Environment 32 (1): 42-56.

(2010) Determinants of Protest Responses in Environmental Valuation: A Meta-study (with Jürgen Meyerhoff). Ecological Economics 70 (2): 366-374.

(2010) Antiamerikanismus und Antisemitismus: Zum Verhältnis zweier Ressentiments [Anti-Americanism and Anti-Semitism: On the Relationship between Two Resentments] (with Heiko Beyer). Zeitschrift für Soziologie 39 (3): 215-232.

(2010) Die Rekrutierung neuer Mitarbeiter aus Organisationsperspektive: eine komplementäre Sicht auf soziale Netzwerke im Arbeitsmarkt [“Recruiting” from the Organizational Perspective: A Complementary View on Social Networks in Labor Markets] (with Karsten Wegerich). Soziale Welt 61 (2): 161-178.

(2009) Status Quo Effect in Choice Experiments: Empirical Evidence on Attitudes and Choice Task Complexity (with Jürgen Meyerhoff). Land Economics 85 (3): 515-528.

(2009) A Theory of Status-Mediated Inequity Aversion (with Andreas Tutić). Journal of Mathematical Sociology 33 (3): 157-195.

(2009) Benefits of Biodiversity Enhancement of Nature-Oriented Silviculture: Evidence from two Choice Experiments in Germany (with Jürgen Meyerhoff and Volkmar Hartje). Journal of Forest Economics 15 (1-2): 37-58.

(2008) Do Protest Responses to a Contingent Valuation Question and a Choice Experiment Differ? (with Jürgen Meyerhoff) Environmental and Resource Economics 39 (4): 433-446.

(2006) Protest Beliefs in Contingent Valuation: Explaining Their Motivation (with Jürgen Meyerhoff). Ecological Economics 57 (4): 583-594.

(2006) Zahlungsbereitschaft für kollektive Umweltgüter: Kritische Überlegungen zur Theorie geplanten Handelns [Willingness to Pay for Public Environmental Goods: Critical Considerations on the Theory of Planned Behavior]. Zeitschrift für Umweltpolitik und Umweltrecht 29 (1): 87-105.

(2005) Formelle versus informelle Problemlösung in wirtschaftlichen Transaktionen: Erklärungsdeterminanten zwischen “legal centralism” und “legal peripheralism” [Formal versus Informal Problem Resolution in Economic Transactions: Explanations between “Legal Centralism” and “Legal Peripheralism”]. Zeitschrift für Soziologie 34 (2): 128-146.

(2004) Problem- und Konfliktlösung in wirtschaftlichen Transaktionen: Die Konstruktion einer Konfliktpyramide am Beispiel des Einkaufs von EDV-Produkten [Problem-solving and Conflict-Resolution in Economic Transactions: The Development of a Dispute Pyramid]. Kölner Zeitschrift für Soziologie und Sozialpsychologie 56 (3): 539-562.


Books and Articles in Books (Selection)

(forthcoming) Culture, Consumption, and Sustainability in Sociological Perspective, in: Torsten Meireis and Gabriele Rippl (Eds.) Cultural Sustainability. London: Routledge.

(2017) Rational Choice (with Andreas Tutić), in: William Outhwaite and Stephen Turner (Ed.), Sage Handbook of Political Sociology. London: Sage.

(2017) The Interplay of Social Status and Reciprocity (with Andreas Tutić), in: Ben Jann and Wojtek Przepiorka (Ed.), Social Dilemmas, Institutions and the Evolution of Cooperation. Berlin: de Gruyter.

(2015) Experimente in der sozialwissenschaftlichen Umweltforschung [Experiments in Social Science Environmental Research]. Pp. 132-152 in: Marc Keuschnigg and Tobias Wolbring (Ed.), Experimente in den Sozialwissenschaften [Experiments in the Social Sciences]. Sonderband der Sozialen Welt.

(2014) Willingness to Pay for Private Environmental Goods, pp. 7131-7137 in: Alex C. Michalos (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Quality of Life Research. New York: Springer.

(2010) Rational Choice Theory and the Environment: Variants, Applications, and New Trends (with Peter Preisendörfer). PP. 141-157 in: Matthias Gross and Harald Heinrichs (Ed.), Environmental Sociology: European Perspectives and Interdisciplinary Challenges. Berlin: Springer.

(2007) Zahlungsbereitschaft für kollektive Umweltgüter. Soziologische und ökonomische Analysen [Willingness to Pay for Public Environmental Goods: Sociological and Economic Analyses]. Wiesbaden: VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften.

(2004) Probleme und Konflikte in wirtschaftlichen Transaktionen [Problem-Solving and Conflict-Resolution in Economic Transactions]. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang.