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Anthony Leiserowitz, Ph.D.

is Director of the Yale Project on Climate Change, a research scientist at the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies at Yale University, and a research scientist at Decision Research. He is a widely recognized expert on American and international public opinion on global warming, including public perception of climate change risks, support and opposition for climate policies, and willingness to make individual behavioral change. His research investigates the psychological, cultural, political, and geographic factors that drive public environmental perception and behavior.

He has conducted survey, experimental, and field research at scales ranging from the global to the local, including international studies, the United States, individual states (Alaska and Florida), municipalities (New York City), and with the Inupiaq Eskimo of Northwest Alaska. He also recently conducted the first empirical assessment of worldwide public values, attitudes, and behaviors regarding global sustainability, including environmental protection, economic growth, and human development.

He has served as a consultant to the John F. Kennedy School of Government (Harvard University), the United Nations Development Program, the Gallup World Poll, the Global Roundtable on Climate Change at the Earth Institute (Columbia University), and the World Economic Forum.

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I am a geographer trained in the cognitive and social psychology of risk perception and decision making. My research is strongly interdisciplinary and seeks to understand the psychological, cultural, political, and geographic factors that shape human environmental perception, decision making and behavior. My current research is focused on three broad themes: Global Climate Change; Sustainability Values, Attitudes and Behaviors; and Interpretive Communities of Risk.

Recent Publications

Feldman, L., Maibach, E. W., Roser-Renouf, C., & Leiserowitz, A. (2012). Climate on cable: The nature and impact of global warming coverage on Fox News, CNN, and MSNBC. International Journal of Press/Politics, 17, 3-31.

Mead, E., Roser-Renouf, C., Rimal, R. N., Flora, J. A., Maibach, E. W., & Leiserowitz, A. (2012). Information seeking about global climate change among adolescents: The role of risk perceptions, efficacy beliefs, and parental influences. Atlantic Journal of Communication, 20, 31-52.

Smith, N., & Leiserowitz, A. (2012), The rise of global warming skepticism: Exploring affective image associations. Risk Analysis. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/j.1539-6924.2012.01801.x

Ding, D., Maibach, E. W., Zhao, X., Roser-Renouf, C., & Leiserowitz, A. (2011). Support for climate policy and societal action are linked to perceptions about scientific agreement. Nature Climate Change, 1, 462-466.

Gorokhovich, Y., & Leiserowitz, A. (2011). Historical and future coastal changes in Northwest Alaska. Journal of Coastal Research, 28, 174-186.

Nisbet, M., Maibach, E., & Leiserowitz, A. (2011). Framing peak petroleum as a human health issue: Audience research and participatory engagement. American Journal of Public Health, 101, 1620-1626.

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