Shahzeen Attari works on environmental decision making at the individual level. Her research focuses on biases that shape people’s judgments and decisions about resource use, especially use of energy and water. During her fellowship, Attari will explore the following question: does the coupling of facts (related to systems thinking) and feelings (related to emotional scaffolding) lead to increased understanding and value of the water system? She wants to create a theory that explains when and why facts and feelings in isolation or together matter most for invoking action across different environmental contexts.
Attari earned a BS in engineering physics from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a PhD in civil and environmental engineering & engineering and public policy from Carnegie Mellon University. She was a postdoctoral fellow at the Earth Institute and the Center for Research on Environmental Decisions at Columbia University. She is currently an assistant professor at the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University, Bloomington.
Learn more about Attari’s work by visiting her website: www.szattari.com.