Emily Reinhold ’21

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School of Public and International Affairs

Project Title

Norm Dynamics and Rapid Decarbonization

Certificate(s): Environmental Studies

I contributed to several research projects. The first was a literature review on polycentric governance, a system in which policymakers at different scales overlap in making decisions and addressing environmental issues. I conducted a literature review on the circular economy — an innovative model for sustainable resource management — that inspired me to further study this model in relation to my interest in plastic waste. I also contributed to a literature review about the impacts of extreme events on people’s risk and time preferences, as well as a meta-analysis of what motivates people to share common-pool resources in a pro-environmental way. Lastly, I compiled New York state and city policies introduced in response to COVID-19 and to climate change, and built an organizational chart of the New York state government agencies involved in addressing environmental impacts. My internship was excitingly diverse in its projects, and it helped me put my own research and career interests in perspective. My interest in sustainable resource management fits into the circular economy field, and the research skills I gained have prepared me for contributing to this growing subject.

* This internship is connected to the HMEI Urban Grand Challenges project, “Norm Dynamics as Agents of Urban Social Change and Environmental Sustainability: Investigating Cross-Cultural Differences and Longevity of Intervention.”

Internship Year


Project Category

Innovation and a New Energy Future


Behavioral Science for Policy Lab, Princeton University


Elke Weber, Gerhard R. Andlinger Professor in Energy and the Environment, Professor of Psychology and Public Affairs; Johanna Matt-Navarro, Research Lab Manager, Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment; Jordana Composto, Ph.D. candidate, Psychology; Sara Constantino, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Princeton School of Public and International Affairs and the Program in Science, Technology and Environmental Policy, and Lecturer in the High Meadows Environmental Institute; Alicia Cooperman, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies