Barbara Zaunbrecher, M.A.
Building 6070 | Room 313
Theaterplatz 14
52062 Aachen

Phone: +49 241 80 25478

Barbara Zaunbrecher 

Barbara Zaunbrecher is a PhD student and works as scientific assistant at the Human Technology Centre at RWTH Aachen University. She studied Linguistics and Communication Science and English Studies at RWTH Aachen University. Her master thesis was titled “Acceptance begins in the mind – Empirical investigation on the mental representation of complex technologies on a pictoral and verbal level taking geothermics as an example“ and dealt with the question which image of geothermal energy exists in people’s mind and how this relates to the acceptance of this technology. She currently works in the projects U-Turn (urban turn) and FuEne and focuses on acceptance issues related to solutions for energy supply for city quarters.



  • Himmel, Simon; Zaunbrecher, Barbara; Wilkowska, Wiktoria & Ziefle, Martina (2014). The youth of today designing the smart city of tomorrow - Challenges to future mobility, energy, and city climate. In: Human-Computer Interaction, Applications and Services, Lecture Notes in Computer Science Volume 8512, 2014, pp 389-400. ISBN 978-3-319-07226-5

  • Zaunbrecher, Barbara; Kowalewski, Sylvia & Ziefle, Martina  (2014). The willingness to adopt technologies – a cross-sectional study on the influence of technical self-efficacy on acceptance. In M. Kurosu (Ed.): Human-Computer Interaction, Part III, HCII 2014, LNCS 8512, pp. 764–775, 2014. © Springer International Publishing Switzerland.