Sloan Huebner ’23



Project Title

Trade-offs in Individual/Collective Behavior in Response to COVID-19 and in Anticipation of Climate Change

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Certificate(s): American Studies

I examined how residents of New York City perceive short-, medium- and long-term risks, and how those perceptions align with the priorities of the city’s governance structure. The COVID-19 pandemic provides a particularly apt context in which to study the effect of a crisis in an urban environment on people’s perceptions of climate change, which may seem like a long-term issue despite the reality. I coded a survey using the software Qualtrics for distribution to selected populations via flyer distribution and Facebook recruitment. I compiled a catalog of pertinent local and regional governance actors, including municipal government officials, academics, nonprofit organizers, corporate actors, and state government officials. I also pulled relevant academic literature for a review on social-norm formation, mediating governance institutions and social change, and governance and power embeddedness. I enjoyed getting my first work experience in a research lab setting, and I acquired skills for creating surveys and conducting literature reviews that have prepared me for my independent work and graduate research. I hope to continue the research I conducted on social-norm and belief formation in my future research.

Internship Year


Project Category

Climate and Environmental Science


Levin Lab, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Princeton University


Simon Levin, James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; Elke Weber, Gerhard R. Andlinger Professor in Energy and the Environment, Professor of Psychology and Public Affairs; 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; Elisabeth Krueger, Postdoctoral Research Associate and Lecturer, High Meadows Environmental Institute