Dr. Lisa Reuter

Dr. Lisa Reuter

Research Area D

Cluster of Excellence livMatS @ FIT – Freiburg Center for Interactive Materials and Bioinspired Technologies


Project description
I worked in Research Area D – “Sustainability and Societal Implications” focusing on the relationship between nature and humans in the Anthropocene as well as the properties of new materials systems and their role for society. My work in the project also addresses the prediction of acceptance using cognitive-affective mapping (CAM).

Project outcomes
In my dissertation, I investigated the method of Cognitive-Affective Mapping in empirical research. For this we used Cognitive-Affective Maps (CAMs) to collect and analyze individual attitudes. The primary aim was to develop the method further. We showed, that CAMs can be used to collect and analyze individual perspectives in various study designs and with different quantitative and qualitative approaches. In addition, we explored specific research questions related to the livMatS research, for example, we used CAMs to explore students' attitudes towards nature imitation in technology development (Höfele et al., 2022). Part of the work was also to further develop the software Valence, which can be used to collect CAMs online. Futhermore, several theses were supervised in which CAMs were investigated in the context of technology development (Bilo & Helm, 2021; Dörr, 2021; Gros, 2021; Koloczek, 2020; Ricken, 2020) or with other topics. Wilhelm Gros' project continues the methodological development of CAMs.

Supervisor and dissertation
Prof. Dr. Andrea Kiesel

Lisa Reuter completed her dissertation in July 2022.

Dissertation: Bridging Over the Troubled Waters of Quantitative and Qualitative Methods: Exploring Cognitive-Affective Maps in Empirical Research

Current position
Postdoctoral researcher at the Freiburg Institute for Basic Income Studies investigating attitudes and societal narratives related to basic income, redistribution and socio-ecological transformation conceptions.

Publications in livMatS