PhD, Princeton University, 2013
Dr. Jiaying Zhao (she/her/hers) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology and the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability at UBC, Canada Research Chair in Behavioural Sustainability, and UBC Sauder Distinguished Scholar.
Dr. Zhao is also a faculty affiliate of the Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA) at the University of California, Berkeley and a member of Canada’s Financial Literacy Research Sub-Committee for 2018-present.
Dr. Zhao’s research aims to use psychological principles to design behavioural solutions to address financial and environmental sustainability challenges. Specifically, she examines how resource scarcity impacts human cognition and behaviour; what interventions are effective at alleviating the cognitive burdens in the poor; how to encourage recycling and composting behaviour; and how to promote public actions on climate change.
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- UBC Killam Research Prize (2020)
- Canada Research Chair (2014)