Shahzeen Z. Attari is a postdoctoral fellow at The Earth Institute & Center for Research on Environmental Decisions (CRED) at Columbia University. Her research at focuses on the interactions between natural and social systems, where her recent work aims to investigate what motivates individuals to defect in social dilemma situations. In May 2009, she received her joint Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University in Civil and Environmental Engineering & Engineering and Public Policy. Her dissertation, “Global climate change and individual behavior: Decreasing energy consumption”, focused on interventions and preferences to change individual energy consumption behavior, and public perceptions of energy consumption and savings.
Shahzeen has received the 2009 NSF/AEESP best student paper award for her paper entitled “Preferences for change: Do individuals prefer voluntary actions, soft regulations, or hard regulations to decrease fossil fuel consumption”, that was published in Ecological Economics, 68 (1701-1710). She also received the most outstanding teacher award for her graduating class in 2009.