Shahzeen Attari

Shahzeen Attari

Associate Professor, School of Public and Environmental Affairs

Departmental Liason to Cognitive Science, School of Public and Environmental Affairs

Education

  • Ph.D., Carnegie Mellon University, 2009
  • M.A., Carnegie Mellon University, 2005
  • B.S., University of Illinois, 2004

Research interests

My professional interests include energy policy, energy efficiency and conservation, behavioral economics, social dilemmas, risk communication, and sustainable development. My current work investigates effects of real-time energy feedback, how to use games for research and learning, and factors that motivate action in social dilemmas.

Professional Experience

  • Assistant Professor, Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs, September 2011 to present
  • Adjunct Associate Research Scientist, Columbia University, September 2011-present
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, The Earth Institute & Center for Research on Environmental Decisions (CRED), Columbia University, 2009-2011

Representative publications

Public perceptions of energy consumption and savings.(2010)
Shahzeen Z Attari, Michael L DeKay, Cliff I Davidson and Wändi Bruine De Bruin
Proceedings of the National Academy of sciences, 107 (37), 16054-16059

Perceptions of water use.(2014)
Shahzeen Z Attari
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 111 (14), 5129-5134

Preferences for change: Do individuals prefer voluntary actions, soft regulations, or hard regulations to decrease fossil fuel consumption?.(2009)
Shahzeen Z Attari, Mary Schoen, Cliff I Davidson, Michael L DeKay, Wändi Bruine de Bruin, Robyn Dawes ...
Ecological Economics, 68 (6), 1701-1710

Paying for What Was Free: Lessons from the New York Times Paywall.(2012)
Jonathan E Cook and Shahzeen Z Attari
Cyberpsychology, behavior, and social networking, 15 (12), 682-687

The water short list: The most effective actions US households can take to curb water use.(2014)
Benjamin D Inskeep and Shahzeen Z Attari
Environment: Science and policy for sustainable development, 56 (4), 4-15

Changing household behaviors to curb climate change: how hard can it be?.(2011)
Shahzeen Z Attari, Michael L DeKay, Cliff I Davidson and Wändi Bruine de Bruin
Sustainability: The Journal of Record, 4 (1), 11-Sep

Statements about climate researchers’ carbon footprints affect their credibility and the impact of their advice.(2016)
Shahzeen Z Attari, David H Krantz and Elke U Weber
Climatic Change, 138 (2-Jan), 325-338

Reasons for cooperation and defection in real-world social dilemmas.(2014)
Shahzeen Z Attari, David H Krantz and Elke U Weber
Judgment & Decision Making, 9 (4), 316-334

Does information feedback from in-home devices reduce electricity use? Evidence from a field experiment.(2014)
Shahzeen Z Attari, Gautam Gowrisankaran, Troy Simpson and Sabine M Marx
National Bureau of Economic Research. (w20809),

On the Importance of Strengthening Moderate Beliefs in Climate Science to Foster Support for Immediate Action.(2013)
Z.A. Wendling, S.Z. Attari, S.R. Carley, R.M. Krause, D.C. Warren, J.A. Rupp ...
Sustainability, 5 (12), 5153-5170

Public preferences for species conservation: choosing between lethal control, habitat protection and no action.(2016)
Michelle L Lute and Shahzeen Z Attari
Environmental Conservation, 9-Jan

Don’t rush to flush.(2015)
Michelle L Lute, Shahzeen Z Attari and Steven J Sherman
Journal of Environmental Psychology, 43 105-111

Enabling energy conservation through effective decision aids.(2015)
Shahzeen Z Attari and Deepak Rajagopal
Journal of Sustainability Education, 8

Reply to Frederick et al.: Anchoring effects on energy perceptions.(2011)
Shahzeen Z Attari, Michael L DeKay, Cliff I Davidson and Wändi Bruine De Bruin
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 108 (8), E24-E24

Maize seed choice and perceptions of climate variability among smallholder farmers.(2017)
Kurt B Waldman, Jordan P Blekking, Shahzeen Z Attari and Tom P Evans
Global environmental change, 47 51-63