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Welcome to The Social Climate Science Lab

The Social Climate Science (SCS) Lab seeks to advance social psychological theorizing in the domain of environment and sustainability and to identify novel approaches for understanding and mitigating the social and psychological consequences of climate change. Drawing on theories and methodologies from social, cultural, political, and health psychology, the SCS Lab is in search of global solutions for the global problem of climate change.   

Directors: David Sherman ( & Heejung Kim (

Funding Support: National Science Foundation

Affiliated Programs: UCSB 2035 Initiative & UCSB Center for Social Solutions to Environmental Problems

Selected Publications:  


  • Sherman, D. K., & Van Boven, L. (2024). The connections—and misconnections—between the public and politicians over climate policy: A social psychological perspective. Social Issues and Policy Review, 18, 31-58.


  • Sherman, D. K., Updegraff, J. A., Handy, M. S., Eom, K., & Kim, H. S. (2022). Beliefs and social norms as precursors of environmental support: The joint influence of collectivism and socioeconomic status. Personality & Social Psychology Bulletin, 48(3), 463-477.


  • Eom, K., Saad, C. S., & Kim, H. S. (2021). Religiosity moderates the link between environmental beliefs and pro-environmental support: The role of belief in a controlling god. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 47, 891-905.


  • Sherman, D. K., Shteyn, M. F., Han, H., & Van Boven, L. (2021). The exchange between citizens and elected officials: A social psychological framework for citizen climate activists. Behavioural Public Policy, 5(4), 576-705.


  • Eom, K., Papadakis, V., Sherman, D. K., & Kim, H. S. (2019). The psychology of pro-environmental support: In search of global solutions for a global problem. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 28(5), 490-495.