Oleg Golev ’22


Operations Research and Financial Engineering

Project Title

Norm Dynamics as Agents of Social Change and Environmental Sustainability*

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With two other interns, I researched the bottlenecks to offshore wind-energy implementation in New Jersey. This project is part of the larger Rapid Switch project at Princeton, which examines the rapid decarbonization of India and the United States. Our research not only explored the public’s perceptions of modern renewables in New Jersey, but also provided a basis for comparison with these issues overseas. To compile reports, I conducted web research, stakeholder analysis, cold calling, fieldwork in Atlantic City, and interviews with high-level stakeholder officials. I gained numerous soft skills that are invaluable both personally and professionally. I also learned a lot about the offshore wind-energy market players, the complexity of tackling policy issues related to innovative renewables, the importance of social norms in defining individual perspectives, and the difficulty of engaging the populace in sustainability efforts. I gained valuable skills that will be applicable anywhere I go.

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

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Project Category

Urban Adaptation and Resiliency


Behavioral Science for Policy Lab, Princeton University - Princeton, New Jersey


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; Alicia Cooperman, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies; Sara Constantino, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Woodrow Wilson School