Dr. Christoph Mall (neé. Becker)


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Uptown München-Campus D, Georg-Brauchle-Ring 60/62, Room R 213 (2nd floor)

Office hours: by arrangement (Email)

Email: christoph.mall@tum.de



Since 10/2013 Research Assistant at the Technical University of Munich
10/2007 – 03/2013    Diploma in Sport Science at the Technical University of Munich



  • Introduction to Sport Science – Exercise; Teaching Profession
  • Nature based Health: The Potential of Exercise in Green Spaces – Seminar and Exersice; BA Health Science


Research activities

  • Active use of urban nature and public open space to promote physical activity and mental health

      o Learning in Nature – aspects of physical and mental health, learning motivation, learning outcomes and nature connectedness during Education Outside the Classroom

      o SINN-i: Active City Innovation and SINN-i: Go, Wanna Go! – Promotion of physical activity and health in communal settings in Germany, England, Japan, Spain and South Africa

Compositional Data Analysis and Bayesian inference



Unbehaun, D., Mall, C., Ellinger, J., Coskun, A., Jensen, J., Aal, K., Rüller, S., Eckehard, M., Meixner, C., Plangger, U. & Wulf, V. (2022). Augmented-Reality Approaches in Computer Supported Collaborative Sports: Early Empirical Insights explored from and designed with Sport Associations. Proceedings of 20th European Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work, 6(2)https://dl.eusset.eu/handle/20.500.12015/4392​​​​​​​

Dettweiler, U., Gerchen, M., Mall, C., Simon, P., & Kirsch, P. Choice matters: Pupils' stress regulation, brain development and brain function in an outdoor education project. British Journal of Educational Psychology. 00, 1-22. https://doi.org/10.1111/bjep.12528​​​​​​​

Lee, E.Y., de Lannoy, L., Li, Lucy, de Barros, M., Bentsen, P., Brussoni, M., Fiskum. T., … Tremblay, M. and participating PLaTO-Net members (2022). Play, Learn, and Teach Outdoors – Network (PLaTO-Net): terminology, taxonomy, and ontology. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 9(66). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12966-022-01294-0

Ellinger, J., von Au, J., Bernhardt, L., Singer, M., Tangerding, S. & Mall, C. (2022). Eine Frage der Perspektive: Die Unterrichtssituation im Draußenunterricht [A matter of perspective: the classroom situation in outdoor education]. In: von Au, J., Jucker, R., (eds). Draussenlernen. Neue Forschungsergebnisse und Praxiseinblicke für eine Bildung für nachhaltige Entwicklung [Outdoor Learning. New research findings and practical insights for education for sustainable development]. (387-406). Bern: hep.

Mall, C., von Au, J. & Dettweiler, U. (2021). Students' Appropriation of Space in Education Outside the Classroom. Some Aspects on Physical Activity and Health from a Pilot Study with 5th-Graders in Germany. In E. Brymer, M. Rogerson & J. Barton (Ed.), Nature and Health. Physical Activity in Nature. London: Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003154419.

Burchartz, A., Anedda, B., Auerswald, T., Giurgiu, M., Hill, H., Ketelhut, S., Kolb, S., Mall, C., Manz, K., Nigg C. R, Reichert, M., Sprengeler, O., Wunsch, K., Matthews, C. E. (2020). Assessing physical behavior through accelerometry – State of the science, best practices and future directions. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 49, 101703. doi:10.1016/j.psychsport.2020.101703 

Jaitner, D., Bergmann, M., Kuritz, A., Mall, C. & Mess, F. (2020). Determinants of Physical Activity and Sedentary Behavior in German Elementary School Physical Education Lessons. Front. Sports Act. Living 2:113. doi: 10.3389/fspor.2020.00113

Kuritz, A., Mall, C., Schnitzius, M., & Mess, F. (2020). Physical Activity and Sedentary Behavior of Children in Afterschool Programs: An Accelerometer-Based Analysis in Full-Day and Half-Day Elementary Schools in Germany. Frontiers in Public Health, 8. doi:10.3389/fpubh.2020.00463​​​​​​​

Jaitner, D., Rinas, R., Becker, C., Niermann, C., Breithecker, J., & Mess, F. (2019). Supporting Subject Justification by Educational Psychology: A Systematic Review of Achievement Goal Motivation in School Physical Education. Frontiers in Education, 4(70). doi:10.3389/feduc.2019.00070

Becker, C., Schmidt, S., Neuberger, E. W. I., Kirsch, P., Simon, P., & Dettweiler, U. (2019). Children's Cortisol and Cell-Free DNA Trajectories in Relation to Sedentary Behavior and Physical Activity in School: A Pilot Study. Frontiers in Public Health, 7(26). doi:10.3389/fpubh.2019.00026

Dettweiler, U., Lauterbach, G., Becker, C., & Simon, P. (2017). A Bayesian Mixed-Methods Analysis of Basic Psychological Needs Satisfaction through Outdoor Learning and Its Influence on Motivational Behavior in Science Class. Frontiers in Psychology, 8(2235). doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2017.02235 

Dettweiler, U., Becker, C., Auestad, B. H., Simon, P., & Kirsch, P. (2017). Stress in School. Some Empirical Hints on the Circadian Cortisol Rhythm of Children in Outdoor and Indoor Classes. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 14(5), 475. doi:10.3390/ijerph14050475

Becker, C., Lauterbach, G., Spengler, S., Dettweiler, U., & Mess, F. (2017). Effects of Regular Classes in Outdoor Education Settings. A Systematic Review on Students’ Learning, Social and Health Dimensions. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 14, 485. doi:10.3390/ijerph14050485

Dettweiler, U., Ünlü, A., Lauterbach, G., Becker, C., & Gschrey, B. (2015). Investigating the motivational behavior of pupils during outdoor science teaching within self-determination theory. Frontiers in Psychology, 6. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2015.00125

Dettweiler, U. & Becker. C. (2016). Aspekte der Lernmotivation und Bewegungsaktivität bei Kindern im Draußenunterricht - Ein Überblick über erste Forschungsergebnisse. In J. von Au & U. Gade (Hrsg.), Raus  aus dem Klassenzimmer - Outdoor Education als Unterrichtskonzept. Weinheim: Beltz.