Julia Blanke graduated in Social Behaviour Science and Education Science at the University of Hagen, Germany, with a Magister Artium degree in 2006 and is currently a PhD student in Psychology at the University of Luxembourg since 2017.
Julia gained professional experiences as Senior Researcher at the Nimbus Research Centre, which is part of the Cork Institute of Technology in Ireland. In this role she was involved in numerous research projects including the Horizon 2020 project E2District on Energy Efficient Optimised District Heating and Cooling where she was responsible for the development of behavioural models for behaviour demand response applications in district heating. Another project of note was a national study commissioned by the Irish Environmental Protection Agency on Water Reuse in the Context of the Circular Economy, where she designed the questionnaires and performed the statistical analysis of the data. Julia also gained experience in industrial research projects including for example a study on communal waste, where she analysed the attitudes and motivations towards recycling behaviour in collaboration with an industrial partner.
Prior to her position in the Nimbus Research Centre she has been involved with the charity hungrig-online, where she worked as a psychological counsellor, providing personalised online advice to people suffering from eating disorders.
In the context of her PhD Julia is working on the topic of supporting healthy and sustainable grocery shopping, with the goal of the project being to design personalised dynamic smartphone-based interventions and applying continuous assessment techniques to improve grocery shopping behaviour and therefore achieve a better diet.