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About me

My research interests include the following topics:

  • Motivational interaction: Changing motivational behaviours of professionals
  • Behaviour change science
  • Agentic change processes: Self-enactable behaviour change techniques
  • Intervention development & fidelity
  • Innovative intervention process evaluation methodologies
  • Behavioural public policy
  • Emerging connections between complexity science and behaviour change science


Academy of Finland, Ministry of Education and Culture, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, Finnish Cultural Foundation, Kone Foundation

Selected publications

Hankonen, N. (2021) Participants’ enactment of behavior change techniques: A call for increased focus on what people do to manage their motivation and behaviour. Health Psychology Review 15 (2), 185-194. 

Martela, F., Hankonen, N., Vansteenkiste, M. & Ryan, R. (2021) Fostering Voluntary Compliance for Effective Emergency Response and Sustainable Crisis Management: Principles for Motivating Communication of Behavioural Restrictions and Guidelines Based on Self-Determination Theory. European Review of Social Psychology 32 (2), 305-347. 

Hagger, M., Cameron, L., Hankonen, N., Hamilton, K., & Lintunen, T. (Eds.) (2020). The Handbook of Behaviour Change. Cambridge University Press. 

Renko, E., Knittle, K. P., Palsola, M., Lintunen, T., & Hankonen, N. (2020) Acceptability, reach and implementation of a training intervention to enhance teachers' skills in physical activity promotion. BMC Public Health, 20, 1568. 

Palsola, M., Kostamo, K., Renko, E., Lorencatto, F., Hankonen, N. (2020). Thematic analysis of acceptability and fidelity of engagement for behaviour change interventions: The Let’s Move It intervention interview study. British Journal of Health Psychology, 25, 772–789.

Knittle, K., Heino, M. T. J., Marques, M., Stenius, M., Beattie, M., Ehbrecht, F., Hagger, M. S., Hankonen, N. (2020) The compendium of self-enactable techniques to change and self-manage motivation and behaviour (v1. 0). Nature Human Behaviour. 

Kostamo, K., Jallinoja, P., Vesala, K, Araujo-Soares, V Sniehotta, F., Hankonen, N. (2019) Using the critical incident technique for qualitative process evaluation of interventions: The example of the "Let's Move It" trial. Social Science & Medicine 232, 389-397. 

Seppälä, T., Hankonen, N., Korkiakangas, E., & Ruusuvuori, J. (2017). National policies for the promotion of physical activity and healthy nutrition in the workplace context: a Behaviour Change Wheel guided content analysis of policy papers in Finland. BMC Public Health, 18(1), 87. doi: 10.1186/s12889-017-4574-3

Stenius, M., Hankonen, N., Haukkala, A., & Ravaja, N. (2016). Why share expertise? A closer look at the quality of motivation to share or withhold knowledge. Journal of Knowledge Management, 20(2), 181-198.

Hankonen, N., Sutton, S., Prevost, A. T., Simmons, R. K., Griffin, S. J., Kinmonth, A. L., & Hardeman, W. (2015). Which behavior change techniques are associated with changes in physical activity, diet and body mass index in people with recently diagnosed diabetes? Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 49(1), 7-17. 

Hankonen, N., Absetz, P., Kinnunen, M., Haukkala, A. & Jallinoja, P. (2013). Toward identifying a broader range of social cognitive determinants of dietary intentions and behaviour. Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being, 5(1), 118-35. 

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