Dr. Kim Wolske is a research associate (assistant professor) in the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago and a research fellow with (EPIC), the Energy Policy Institute at Chicago.  Her work draws on the fields of environmental, social, and cognitive psychology to examine the behavioral dimensions of energy and climate issues, with an eye toward improving the design of public-facing policies and programs.  Most recently she has collaborated with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory as part of the Department of Energy’s Sunshot Initiative to investigate strategies for accelerating demand of residential rooftop solar. Her other research examines public perceptions of climate change solutions and the motivations and barriers associated with consumer adoption of efficient and renewable energy technologies.


Wolske, K.S., Gillingham, K.T., Schultz, P.W. (2020). Peer influence on household energy behaviours.  Nature Energy. Read Cube

Wolske, K.S. (2020). More alike than different: Profiles of high-income and low-income rooftop solar adopters in the United States. Energy Research & Social Science.

Raimi, K.T., Wolske, K.S., Campbell-Arvai, V., Hart, P. Sol. (2019). The Aversion to Tampering with Nature (ATN) Scale: Individual Differences in (Dis)comfort with Altering the Natural World. Risk Analysis.

Lemos, M.C., Wolske, K.S., Rasmussen, L.V., Arnott, J., Kirchoff, C., & Kalcic, M. (2019). The closer, the better? Untangling scientist-practitioner interaction, knowledge use, and co-production. Weather, Climate and Society. Open Access

Wolske, K.S. Raimi, K.T., Campbell-Arvai, V., & Hart, P.S. (2019). Public support for carbon dioxide removal strategies: The role of tampering with nature perceptions. Climatic Change, 152(3-4): 345-361. Read Cube

Wolske, K.S., Todd, A., Rossol, M., McCall, J. & Sigrin, B. (2018). Accelerating demand for residential solar PV: Can simple framing strategies increase consumer interest? Global Environmental Change, 53:68-77.

Wolske, K.S. & Stern, P.C. (2018). Contributions of psychology to limiting climate change: Opportunities through consumer behavior. In S. Clayton & C. Manning (Eds). Psychology and Climate Change: Human Perceptions, Impacts, and Responses. Elsevier Academic Press, pp. 127-160.

Stern, P.C., Wittenberg, I., Wolske, K.S., & Kastner, I. (2018). Household production of photovoltaic energy: Issues in economic behavior. In A. Lewis (Ed.), Cambridge Handbook of Psychology and Economic Behavior (2nd ed., pp. 541-566). New York: Cambridge University Press. Available at

Campbell-Arvai*, V., Hart*, P.S., Raimi*, K.T. & Wolske*, K.S. (2017). The influence of learning about carbon dioxide removal (CDR) on support for mitigation policies. Climatic Change, 143(3-4): 321-336. Available at  (*shared first authorship)

Stern, P.C. & Wolske, K.S. (2017). Limiting climate change: What’s most worth doing? Environmental Research Letters. 12: 091001. Open Access. 

Wolske, K.S., Stern, P.C., & Dietz, T. (2017). Explaining interest in adopting residential solar photovoltaic systems in the United States: Toward an integration of behavioral theories. Energy Research & Social Science. Available at

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