Norbert Mundorf

  • Professor
  • Communication Studies, Department Chair
  • Phone: 401.874.4725
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  • Office Location: Davis Hall, Rm 206


Norbert Mundorf (Ph.D. Indiana University) is a Professor at the University of Rhode Island (URI), where he has taught since 1987. With his background in Communication he is involved in various interdisciplinary research, teaching and outreach initiatives to promote Sustainable Transportation, Resilience and Health. Research interests include media, global and online communication, as well as sustainability and behavior change. He has worked with the URI Transportation Center, Cancer Prevention Research Center, and the Coastal Institute.

With the University of Göttingen, Fraunhofer ISI and Yangzhou University he has collaborated on issues related to Virtual Mobility and Sustainable Transportation, including the impact of transportation choices on health and active living. He is the editor of the Special Issue on Sustainable Transportation and Health of the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (IJERPH, 2017).

He has been involved in projects related to health promotion (smoking, alcohol, DUI), sustainability and behavior, acceptance of innovative renewable materials, and preparedness for the impacts of Climate Change. At URI he is the coordinator of the Sustainability Minor. Dr. Mundorf has actively promoted intercultural communication and discussion of global sustainability through a global online debate network with universities in Germany (Braunschweig), Russia (St. Petersburg) and China (SPU, Yangzhou U., Peking U., Beihang U.)


Sustainable Transportation, Health Behavior Change, Global Communication


  • Ph.D., Indiana University, 1987
  • Staatsexamen, University of Bonn, 1983
  • M.A., Indiana University, 1982

Selected Publications

Mundorf, N. Redding, C.R. & Paiva, A. L. (2018). Sustainable Transportation Attitudes and Health Behavior Change: Evaluation of a Brief Stage-Targeted Video Intervention. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (IJERPH).

Mundorf, N. Redding, C.R. & Bao, S. (2018). Sustainable Transportation and Health. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (IJERPH).

Mundorf, N., Redding, C.A. Prochaska, J.O., Paiva, A.L., & Rubinoff, P. (2017). Resilience and Thriving in spite of Disasters: A Stages of Change Approach. In A. Fekete & Fiedrich, F. Urban Disaster, Resilience and Security. Berlin: Springer, 383-396.

Liu, Y., Sheng, H. Mundorf, N., Redding, C.R. Ye, (2017). Integrating Norm Activation Model and Theory of Planned Behavior to Understand Sustainable Transport Behavior: Evidence from China. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (IJERPH).

Fu, T., Mundorf, N., Redding, C., Brick, L., Paiva, A., and Prochaska, J. (2016). Exploring Sustainable Transportation Attitudes and Stages of Change Using Survey and Geospatial Data in New England Campus Commuters. Journal of the Transportation Research Forum, 71-90.

Mundorf, N., & Prochaska, J. (2015). Preface: Global Sustainability, Health and Resilience. China Media Research, 11 (4), 1-5.

Salzarulo, A., Mundorf, N., Sakar, J., Terui, M., & Lei, W. (2015). Communication as a Tool for Empowerment: A Model for Resilience. China Media Research, 11 (4), 78-87.

Redding, C.A., Mundorf, N., Kobayashi, H., Brick, L., Horiuchi, S, Paiva, A., & Prochaska, J. O. (2014). Sustainable Transportation Stage of change, Decisional Balance and Self-efficacy Scale Development and Validation in Two University Samples. International Journal of Environmental Health Research, 25: 241-53.

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