New Light: Rising Stars in Energy and the Environment is a summer seminar series to spotlight associate research scholars, postdoctoral research fellows, and other early-career researchers affiliated with the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment. Weekly seminars will feature a diverse selection of researchers working on cutting-edge topics across disciplines seeking to solve society’s most pressing problems in energy and the environment.
Associate Research Scholar, Center for Policy Research on Energy and the Environment, School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University
Social Accelerants and Decelerants of Climate Action
July 22 at 11 a.m.
Sara Constantino is an interdisciplinary social scientist working on social and environmental policy and decision-making. She is currently an associate research scholar at the School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University and a Lecturer at the High Meadows Environmental Institute, and will be starting as an assistant professor at Northeastern University in January. Her research focuses on understanding the interplay between individual, institutional and ecological factors on perceptions, policy preferences and responses or resilience to extreme events. In particular, recent studies look at the role of polarization, social norms and governance in stimulating or stifling support for climate action. Previously, she was a senior research fellow with the Jain Family Institute, an applied research organization that focuses on welfare policy and digital ethics, and a founding editor at Nature Human Behavior. She received her bachelor’s degree in economics from McGill University, a master’s degree in economics from University College London, and a Ph.D. in cognitive sciences, with a focus on learning and decision-making in dynamic environments, from New York University.