To deal with impacts of global change on human habitats it is required to understand both: the vulnerability of place and the vulnerability of people. This paper focuses on the vulnerability of people without losing track of the vulnerability of place. To empower the concept of vulnerability as much as it is needed to be applied by decision makers, it is important to know the reasons that cause certain vulnerabilities. Because only then strategies to minimise the vulnerability of affected groups can be developed. At the Centre for Environmental Systems Research (CESR) at Kassel University we apply theories from behavioural science to understand what households are doing to cope with their local environmental situation. Our research is based on the assumption that different groups of society chose different coping strategies. Which coping strategy is chosen, is determined by different factors that in total define the coping capacity of these groups. These factors incorporate income, experience, migration background and others. Therefore these groups of society can be characterised by those factors and identified as certain coping-types. In a survey we investigated how people behave to cope with their local environment. We asked people who were characterised by different social factors and who were living in different environmental conditions. Based on the answers to the open questions we conceptualised three major categories of coping: a) everyday coping, b) coping by construction and c) institutionalised coping. Our basic assumption that different groups chose different coping strategies means that there are households who are able to cope in all three categories and others, with less coping capacity are able to do everyday coping only. Households belonging to the latter group are more vulnerable towards their local environment than those who can cope in all three categories. To understand more about the relationship between the factors that determine ones coping capacity and the coping behaviour we develop a model that aims to show which factors influence the behaviour of a household towards its local environment. The model, called MOVE (Behavioural Model on Households‘ Vulnerability towards their Local Environment), applies the Theory of Planned Behavior (TpB) by Icek Ajzen, because it explains peoples’ behavior and has proven its functionality in environmental science. It is enriched by the Conservation of Resource Theory (COR), which is a stress theory by Stefan E. Hobfoll. In MOVE those factors, who determine a households coping capacity, are systematically being derived from COR. Within move these factors are predictors for the Perceived Behavioural Control and the Actual Control. Within the TpB the Perceived Behavioural and Actual Control are next to the Subjective Norm and the Attitude Towards Behaviour the major predictor for a persons’ behaviour. Therefore one basic assumption within MOVE is that the Perceived Behavioural and Actual Control are major factors determining the vulnerability of a household. MOVE is to explain differences in behaviour depending on a factual local situation and is therefore spatially explicit. MOVE is the theoretical basis for a new survey in which the model is to be empirically confirmed. The survey is focussing on coping with noise and air emissions and the situation of people with a Turkish migration background. The survey will be conducted in German cities who have failed to meet standards for clean air and noise in the last years. In these cities households with and without migration background from neighbourhoods with better and worse environmental conditions will be interviewed. In the presentation the model MOVE will be presented in relation to questions of global change (namely extreme weather events as a consequence of global environmental change and migration as a consequence of demographic changes). Finally a first insight into the data of the new survey will be given.