About Sara Constantino
Sara Constantino is an interdisciplinary social scientist working on social and environmental policy, equity and decision-making. She is an assistant professor in Psychology and Public Policy and Urban Affairs, and affiliated with Marine and Environmental Sciences. Her research focuses on understanding the interplay between social, institutional and ecological factors on perceptions, policy preferences and resilience to shocks and extreme events. In particular, recent studies look at the role of polarization, social norms and governance in stimulating or stifling support for climate action. In ongoing work, she is looking at the impacts of guaranteed income policies on well-being, economic outcomes, and civic engagement. Previously, she was a postdoctoral fellow and lecturer at the School of Public and International Affairs and High Meadows Environmental Institute at Princeton University, a senior research fellow with the Jain Family Institute, and a founding editor at Nature Human Behavior. She received her bachelor’s degree in economics and psychology 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.
The Sustainability and Social Change Lab focuses on interdisciplinary research topics including social and environmental policy and decision-making, understanding the interplay between individual, institutional and ecological factors on perceptions, policy preferences and resilience to extreme events or shocks, and the role of polarization, social norms and governance in stimulating or stifling support for climate action.