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Shahzeen Z. Attari

Indiana University Bloomington

Based in

United States
North America

Dr. Shahzeen Attari’s research focuses on people’s judgments and decisions about climate change and resource use. Her work draws on both psychological and environmental science, and focuses on perceptions, motivations, and biases of how people use natural resources and respond to climate change. She is a Paul H. O’Neill Professor at the O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University Bloomington. She has received an Andrew Carnegie Fellowship and been named among the top ten scientists to watch under the age of 40 by Science News. Her work has been featured in many news outlets including the Washington Post, New York Times, and the Economist. She was a postdoctoral fellow at the Earth Institute and the Center for Research on Environmental Decisions at Columbia University. She holds a PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering & Engineering and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University, and a Bachelors of Science in Engineering Physics from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. You can find out more information about her on here: www.szattari.com.

Country(ies) of Specialty

United States India

Focus areas of expertise

Climate policy and politics Net Zero Behavioral action Public opinion

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Miniard, D., Kantenbacher, J., & Attari, S. Z. (2020) Shared vision for a decarbonized future energy system in the United States Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 117 (13) 7108-7114

Sparkman, G. & Attari, S. Z. (2020) Credibility, communication, and climate change: How lifestyle inconsistency and do-gooder derogation impacts decarbonization advocacy. Energy Research and Social Science, 59. URL: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2214629619302440

Marghetis, T., Attari, S. Z., & Landy, D. (2019) Simple interventions can correct misperceptions of energy use. Nature Energy, 4(10), 874-881. URL: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41560-019-0467-2

Attari, S. Z., Krantz, D. H., & Weber, E. U. (2019) Climate change communicators’ carbon footprints affect their audience’s policy support Climatic Change, 154(3), 529–545. URL: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10584-019-02463-0

Attari, S. Z., Krantz, D. H., & Weber, E. U. (2016) Statements about climate researchers’ carbon footprints affect their credibility and the impact of their advice. Climatic Change. URL: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10584-016-1713-2.

Attari, S. Z., Krantz, D. H., & Weber, E. U. (2016) Energy conservation goals: What people adopt, what they recommend, and why. Judgment and Decision Making 11(4), 342-351.

URL: http://journal.sjdm.org/16/16326/jdm16326.pdf