Nicole Sintov

Assistant Professor of Behavior, Decision Making and Sustainability

Nicole Sintov

College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
Phone: 614-688-3015
Topics: wildlife, behavior, human technology interaction

Research keywords:

behavior change, decision making, processes of change, smart grid, power systems, human-computer interaction, technology adoption, wildlife security, wildlife crime, poaching, household consumption behavior


As an environmental psychologist, I view today’s most pressing environmental problems as products of human decision-making and behavior; changing behavior is therefore an essential element in creating a sustainable future for humankind. Broadly, my research focuses on intervening with human behavior and understanding the processes of behavior change. Blending perspectives and methodologies from the psychological, environmental, and information sciences, my primary research objectives are to:

(1) investigate human decision-making as it impacts environmental resource use;
(2) develop and test interventions to encourage pro-environmental behavior change; and
(3) understand the underlying psychological processes that underlie change.

I pursue these objectives as they pertain to a variety of domain areas, including:

  • Energy use in buildings
  • The adoption and use of sustainable innovations (e.g., electric cars)
  • Climate change communication and activism
  • Support for green energy policy
  • Wildlife security

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