Bloomington School of Public and Environmental Affairs


Shahzeen Attari, Indiana University, School of Public and Environmental Affairs


Bloomington School of Public and Environmental Affairs
Associate Professor


  • Ph.D., Civil and Environmental Engineering & Engineering and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University, 2009
  • M.S., Civil and Environmental Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, 2005
  • B.S., Engineering Physics, University of Illinois, 2004


  • Human Behavior and Energy Consumption
  • Environment & People


Dr. Shahzeen Attari, member of SPEA''s faculty since 2011, focuses on human behavior and resource use. Attari and her lab work on a range of research topics that span perceptions, motivations, and biases of how people understand complex systems and use natural resources.

Her work has strong links to both cognitive science and environmental science and has been published in top journals such as the Proceedings of the National Academies of Sciences. Her research has also been summarized in a variety of venues, including the New York Times, The Economist, and BBC.

Prior to working at IU, Attari was a postdoctoral fellow at the Earth Institute and the Center for Research on Environmental Decisions (CRED) at Columbia University, and received her PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering & Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University.

Attari''s current research investigates systems thinking, how to use games for research and learning, ad hominem attacks on climate change researchers, and factors that influence perceptions of natural resources.

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