Sander van der Linden, PhD.
Dr. Sander van der Linden is a social-psychologist based in the Department of Psychology (link is external) with joint appointments in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public Affairs (link is external) and the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment. He is also an affiliate of the Princeton Global Health Program.
At Princeton, Sander directs the Social and Environmental Decision-Making (SED) lab and teaches the Psychology of Environmental Decision-Making. (link is extern He previously held a visiting scholar appointment (2012-2014) with the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication (link is external) at Yale University (link is external).
He received his Ph.D. from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
His research has received numerous awards, including the American Psychological Association (APA's) outstanding Graduate Research Award( (Div. 34), the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI's) dissertation prize, and the International Association of Applied Psychology (IAAP's) "best paper" award (Div. 4).
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Taimur is a senior sociology major. His thesis research focuses on the ways that urban green spaces create social networks and social capital. He spent the summer of 2015 doing ethnographic field work in New York City Parks on this topic. Outside of academics he is highly involved in the outdoors community on campus and is an avid rock climber and occasional fiction writer.
Jessica first joined the team in 2014 as a research assistant developing a passion for environmental psychology in her previous position as Communications Fellow in the Princeton Office of Sustainability. She is most interested in using psychology to facilitate environmental engagement, especially within the issue of climate change. She is a member of Ithaca College's Class of 2013, where she received her B.A. in Writing. In her time there, she also minored in Environmental Studies and completed the Humanities and Sciences Honors Program. In her free time, she enjoys reading, listening to podcasts, Game of Thrones, and playing the air guitar. Jessica is now a graduate student at the University of Michigan.