Sílvia Coelho Ribeiro Fernandes Luís Alves

Sílvia Coelho Ribeiro Fernandes Luís Alves


Sílvia Luís completed her PhD in social psychology in 2011 by Universidade de Lisboa, Faculdade de Psicologia. She is an assistant professor at Universidade Lusófona, where she is sub-director of the master in Organizational and Social Psychology. Her research interests focus on how psychosocial variables (e.g., risk perception, management support) shape the person-environment interaction in general and in organizational context in particular; and on the implications of this interaction for people (personal, adaptation to contextual changes) and for the environment (individual practices, public policy, sustainability in organizations). Since 2013, she has been granted 3 pos-doctoral fellowships in European projects, was coprincipal investigator in a private project, and became principal investigator of another project . She further coordinated the cross-cutting thematic line SCOPE CIS-IUL: sustainable communities, organizations and places. She has published more than 20 articles in journals that granted her annual scientific awards. She also published 2 book chapters and 2 books and organised 5 scientific international events. Sílvia Luís is also President of the Iberian chapter of the Society for Risk Analysis Europe (2018-2023) and was an alternate member of the Specialty board of Work, Social, and Organisational Psychology in Ordem dos Psicólogos Portugueses (OPP; 2016-2020). In 2016 Sílvia Luís has been recognized as a specialist in work, social, and organizational psychology, and in community psychology (OPP).


  • Licenciatura
    Social psychology, work, and organizations
  • Pós-Graduação
    Data analysis in social sciences
  • Outros
    Summer school in environmental psychology theories
  • Outros
    Introduction to structural equation modelling with AMOS
  • Outros
    Basic social/behavioral research course for principal investigators and graduate students
  • Doutoramento
    Doctorate in social psychology
  • Outros
    Using NVivo software in qualitative data analysis
  • Especialização pós-licenciatura
    Post-Graduate training in Psychotherapy (adults)
  • Título de especialista
    Specialist in work psychology, social psychology, and organisational psychology
  • Título de especialista
    Advanced specialist in community psychology
  • Pós-Graduação
    Post-Graduation in Self-Leadership and Group Leadership


Journal article

  • 2024-01-10, The impact of community resilience, well-being, and community attachment on human service workers’ burnout, Journal of Social Work
  • 2024-01-09, Measuring well-being at organizational context: exploring the Better Life Index as a measurement tool, Social Responsibility Journal
  • 2023-10-02, Validating a measure for eco-anxiety in Portuguese young adults and exploring its associations with environmental action, BMC Public Health
  • 2023-05, Responding to everyday problems and crises: Measuring community resilience, Journal of Community Psychology
  • 2022, Humanizing sustainability in organizations: A place for workers' perceptions and behaviors?, Sustainability: Science, Practice & Policy
  • 2021-11-17, Judging Pharmaceutical Environmental Risk by its Cover? The Effects of Prescription Medication and Disease Severity on Environmental Risk Perception, Risk Analysis
  • 2021, Musculoskeletal disorders in Portuguese welders: effects on bodily pain and health-related quality of life., Frontiers in Public Health
  • 2021, As strong as we are united: Effects of intrapersonal and interpersonal emotion regulation on quality of life in women with breast cancer, Frontiers in Psychology
  • 2020-11-13, Greener Schoolyards, Greener Futures? Greener Schoolyards Buffer Decreased Contact With Nature and Are Linked to Connectedness to Nature, Frontiers in Psychology
  • 2020-10, Psychosocial and economic impacts of a charge in lightweight plastic carrier bags in Portugal: Keep calm and carry on?, Resources, Conservation and Recycling
  • 2020-09, Lay people and experts’ risk perception of pharmaceuticals in the environment in Southwestern Europe, Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology
  • 2020-05-24, BIM in People2People and Things2People Interactive Process, Sensors
  • 2020-03, The importance of household pharmaceutical products disposal and its risk management: Example from Southwestern Europe, Waste Management
  • 2018-10, Psychosocial drivers for change: Understanding and promoting stakeholder engagement in local adaptation to climate change in three European Mediterranean case studies, Journal of Environmental Management
  • 2018-02, Raising awareness of climate change causes? Cross-national evidence for the normalization of societal risk perception of climate change, Environmental Science & Policy
  • 2018, Risk perception normalization of sunlight exposure, Environment and Social Psychology
  • 2017, Pharmaceuticals released from senior residences: occurrence and risk evaluation, Environmental Science and Pollution Research
  • 2017, Beliefs on the local effects of climate change: causal attribution of flooding and shoreline retreat, Journal of Integrated Coastal Zone Management
  • 2016, Public policy and social norms: The case of a nationwide smoking ban among college students, Psychology, Public Policy, and Law
  • 2016, Is it all about awareness? The normalization of coastal risk, Journal of Risk Research
  • 2016, Desafios à gestão da água no contexto das alterações climáticas: a perceção de atores-chave do Baixo Vouga Lagunar. [Challenges to water management in the context of climate change: The perception of stakeholders of Baixo Vouga Lagunar], Revista Recursos Hídricos
  • 2015, From dry land to water: Psychosocial impact on the lakeside villages of the Alqueva dam | Desde tierra firme al agua: Impacto psicosocial en los pueblos junto de la presa de Alqueva, Psyecology
  • 2015, Consumers’ avoidance of information on red meat risks: information exposure effects on attitudes and perceived knowledge, Journal of Risk Research
  • 2014, Food risk communication: empirical studies and practical resources, Revista Transcultural
  • 2014, Cross-Cultural Evidence for Spatial Bias in Beliefs About the Severity of Environmental Problems, Environment and Behavior


  • 2022, Book of Abstracts – 27th IAPS Conference., Mouro, Carla; Roseta-Palma, Catarina; Boager, E.; Figueiredo, M.; Fernandes-Jesus, Maria; Raposo, M.; Rosa, M.; et al, Iscte
  • 2019, Proceedings of the SRA-E-Iberian Chapter (SRA-E-I) Conference. Interdisciplinarity in practice and in research on society and the environment: Joint paths towards risk analysis, Amérigo Cuervo-Arango, M. J.; García, J. A.; Gaspar, R.; Luís, S., Ediciones de la Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha
  • 2015, ADAPT-MED 2015. Estão as atuais tomadas de decisão “adaptadas para internalizar a adaptação” na elaboração de políticas? O Baixo Vouga Lagunar como caso de estudo. [ADAPT-MED 2015. Are current decision-making "adapted to internalise adaptation" in policy making? Baixo Vouga Lagunar as a case study], Lillebø, A. I.; Freitas, F.P; Rodrigues, N.R.; Alves, F.L.; Sousa, L.P; Lima, M.L.; Luís, S.; Roseta-Palma, C., Universidade de Aveiro

Book chapter

  • 2023, Beyond Economics: Focusing on the Well-Being of Organizations, Developing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Policies for Promoting Employee Sustainability and Well-Being, IGI Global
  • 2022, Should universities make virtual nature available to students to promote stress relief? An opinion article. , Cadernos de Saúde Societal: Transformação Digital e Inclusão na Saúde., Iscte
  • 2009, Knowing Much While Knowing Nothing, NATO Science for Peace and Security Series C: Environmental Security, Springer Netherlands
  • 2006, Psychological Monitoring: Understanding Irrational People, Safety and Reliability for Managing Risk , London: Taylor & Francis


  • 2023-05-19, Exploring supply-side barriers for commercialization of new biopolymer production technologies: A systematic review,
  • 2023-01-20, The effects of immersive virtual nature on psychological outcomes: A protocol for a meta-analysis,
  • 2023-01-17, Systematic Review on Digital Literacy Predictors,

Conference paper

  • Solid waste incineration and distance distortion: Distance estimation as an adaptation tool.
  • CIRCLE- 2/ Adapt-Med “Is current decision making “adapted to internalize adaptation” into policy making? Project presentation, 7th International Scientific Conference on “Energy and Climate Change” of the PROMITHEASnet
  • 2010, Putting risk perception of nanotechnology into context
  • 2005, Os factores humanos na avaliação e gestão de risco. [The human factors in risk assessment and management]
  • 2005, Monitorização Psicossocial de uma Actividade Industrial. [Psychosocial Monitoring of an Industrial Activity]

Conference abstract

  • 2024, The effects of immersive virtual nature on psychological outcomes: Systematic review and meta-analysis, 38th Annual Conference of the European Health Psychology Society
  • 2024, Efeitos da natureza virtual imersiva nos resultados psicológicos: resultados preliminares de meta-análise [Effects of immersive virtual nature on psychological outcomes: preliminary results of a meta-analysis], 15th National Congress of Health Psychology
  • 2023-04-13, Managing municipal risk: Understanding the determinants of internal migration in Portugal to prevent population losses, 4th Society for Risk Analysis–Europe–Iberia
  • 2023, From eco-anxiety to climate action, 2nd Virtual Conference of the Division 34: Society for Environmental, Population and Conservation Psychology
  • 2021-06-15, Responding to Pandemics: Waste management, 29th SRA-Europe Annual Conference
  • 2020-12-16, Campi 5.0: High Human, High Tech [Panel], UA Shaping the Future
  • 2020, Percepcão da comunidade iscte sobre a sustentabilidade ambiental e comportamentos pró-ambientais no campus [Iscte community's perception of environmental sustainability e pro-environmental behaviors on campus], 2ª Conferência Campus Sustentável
  • 2019, Risk Perception of Pharmaceutical Residues, 28th Conference of The Society for Risk Analysis Europe
  • 2019, Perceção de riscos: Presença de fármacos no ambiente, Instituto de sáude ambiental - Os efeitos da alteração dos ambientes na saúde humana.
  • 2019, Disposal of household pharmaceutical products: The importance of perceived risk and environmental identity, XV Congreso de Psicología Ambiental-PSICAMB
  • 2018, Risk perception of pharmaceuticals in the environment, 27th Society for Risk Analysis-Europe
  • 2018, Risk perception of pharmaceutical residues, 25th International Association for People-Environment Studies (IAPS) conference
  • 2018, Risk perception of pharmaceutical residues in waste water in senior residences, 25th International Association for People-Environment Studies (IAPS) conference
  • 2018, Pela defesa de cidades e comunidades sustentáveis: Espaços inclusivos e sustentáveis para todos. [Advocating for sustainable cities and communities: Inclusive and sustainable spaces for all], Um mundo em mudança: Desafios para a psicologia comunitária e da Saúde
  • 2018, Normalização de riscos ambientais: Aspetos saudáveis, aspetos perversos. [Normalisation of environmental risks: Healthy aspects, perverse aspects], IV Encontro de Psicologia Social e das Organizações – Universidade Lusófona
  • 2018, Fármacos no ambiente: Perceção de riscos para a Saúde [Pharmaceuticals in the environment: Perception of health risks], 12º Congresso Nacional de Psicologia da Saúde
  • 2017, Risk perception of pharmaceutical products in the environment in European countries, 26th Society for Risk Analysis-Europe
  • 2017, Presence, toxicity and risk of pharmaceuticals discharged from senior residences, 26th Society for Risk Analysis-Europe
  • 2017, Pharmaceuticals in the environment: Risk assessment, risk perception and pilot solutions, 26th Society for Risk Analysis-Europe
  • 2017, Is it all about awareness? The normalization of coastal risk, XIV Congresso de Psicologia Ambiental -PSICAMB
  • 2017, Baixo Vouga Lagunar: how does local populations perceive planning adaptation to climate changes? , 26th Society for Risk Analysis-Europe
  • 2016, The normalization of risks on a climate changed world, 25th Society for Risk Analysis-Europe
  • 2016, O consumidor e os riscos alimentares: o caso da carne vermelha. [The consumer and food risks: the case of red meat], III Simpósio Olhares da Psicologia - Instituto Superior de Ciências da Saúde Egas Moniz
  • 2015, Perceção e crenças sobre alterações climáticas: Atribuição causal de inundações e recuo de linha de costa, Congresso sobre Planeamento e Gestão Integrada das Zonas Costeiras dos Países de Expressão Portuguesa
  • 2014-11-11, Ambiente e espaços: qual o papel da psicologia social da saúde na manutenção de espaços saudáveis? [Environment and places: what is the role of social psychology of health in maintaining healthy spaces?], 2º Encontro do Mestrado de Psicologia Social da Saúde – ISCTE-IUL, H4A
  • 2014, Impactes psicossociais da barragem do Alqueva nas aldeias (agora) ribeirinhas. [Psychosocial impacts of the Alqueva dam on (now) riparian villages], Ciclo de Conferências do Departamento de Psicologia, 2014 - Universidade de Évora
  • 2014, Evitamento de informação sobre riscos alimentares: preditores e consequências [Information avoidance on food risks: predictors and consequences], X Congresso Nacional de Psicologia da Saúde
  • 2010, A influência das normas sociais no comportamento. [The influence of social norms on behaviour], I Seminário de Investigação da Faculdade de Psicologia
  • 2009, É proibido fumar! A influência dos aspetos normativos na manutenção e promoção de comportamentos socialmente desejáveis. [No smoking! The influence of normative aspects on the maintenance and promotion of socially desirable behaviors], X Congresso de Psicologia Ambiental
  • 2009, Ser ou não ser arriscado: Mapas de risco da Área Metropolitana de Lisboa e as consequências na ocupação do espaço. [To be or not to be risky: Risk maps of the Metropolitan Area of Lisbon and the consequences in the occupation of the space], X Congresso de Psicologia Ambiental
  • 2009, Perceção de risco da nanotecnologia: a influência das atitudes relativas à tecnologia e a sua relação com campos de aplicação específicos. [Risk perception of nanotechnology: the influence of attitudes towards technology and its relationship to specific fields of application.], X Congresso de Psicologia Ambiental
  • 2009, O que não conheço não me pode fazer mal? Perceção de risco das nanotecnologias e suas implicações para a comunicação e gestão do do risco. [What I don't know can't hurt me? Risk perception of nanotechnology and its implications for risk communication and management], X Congresso de Psicologia Ambiental
  • 2009, Impacte diferencial do maior lago artificial da Europa e da barragem do Alqueva em 4 aldeias ribeirinhas. [Differential impact of the largest artificial lake in Europe and the Alqueva dam in 4 riparian villages], X Congresso de Psicologia Ambiental
  • 2008, Risk perception of nanotechnology: implications for risk assessment and communication, NATO Advanced Research Workshop on Nanomaterials: Environmental Risks and Benefits
  • 2008, Living Near the fire without getting burned! A Psychosocial \Monitoring Program of a Solid Waste Treatment Station, 20th International Association for People-Environment Studies

Conference poster

  • 2023-04-13, Reducing the Weekly Working Hours: Views and expectations from employees and managers , 4th Society for Risk Analysis–Europe–Iberia
  • 2022-04-11, Anxiety meets nature: Two moderated mediation models of the relationship between perceived socioeconomic status and subjective well-being, XVI Congresso de Psicologia Ambiental
  • 2019-09-06, University community engagement in technologies for sustainability: A social architecture approach, Citizens' Commitment in Risk Governance: From Inaction to Co-Decision
  • 2019-05-05, The impact of pharmaceuticals in the environment: Seniors' environmental risk perception, Seminário Scope: Comunidades, organizações e lugares sustentáveis
  • 2019, Risk perception of lay people on the wastewater due to the metabolization of drugs, 28h Society for Risk Analysis-Europe
  • 2018, Risk perception of pharmaceutical residues released to the environment in senior residences, 1st Society for Risk Analysis-Europe-Iberia
  • 2018, On pharmaceuticals in the environment: Combining experts and lay people risk perceptions, 1st Society for Risk Analysis-Europe-Iberia
  • 2015, Using the theory of planned behaviour to understand and promote stakeholder engagement in local adaptation to climate change, Our Common Future Under Climate Change
  • 2015, Current adaptation practices: case studies in France, Portugal and Greece, Our Common Future Under Climate Change

Other output

  • 2020, Sustainable communities, organizations and places: challenges of our time and beyond.
  • 2020, Percepção da Comunidade ISCTE sobre a sustentabilidade ambiental e comportamentos pró-ambientais no campus
  • 2019, Risk Communication: Identifying Needs and Strategies from Risk Perceptions


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