Emily Pechar

PhD Candidate in Environmental Policy, Duke University
Areas of Expertise:
  • Media & Public Opinion
  • Climate Change
  • Environment

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About Emily

Pechar’s areas of research and teaching expertise include climate change policy, identity politics, and climate change communications. Specifically, she is interested in how to use communication and identities to encourage bipartisan support for important policy issues. Her dissertation research looks at the role that social identities can play in overcoming political polarization and activating support for climate change policies, particularly among political conservatives. 

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"Are Electric Vehicles Really Green?," Emily Pechar, Sense and Sustainability, September 25, 2013.
"Disappearing Countries," Emily Pechar, Sense and Sustainability, January 8, 2014.
"Coastal Peril: The Unnoticed Costs of Sea Level Rise," Emily Pechar, Sense and Sustainability, September 14, 2014.
"Distrust of Science: Why are Americans So Wary of Scientists?," Emily Pechar, Sense and Sustainability, March 9, 2015.
"Shifting Doctrines: The Pope on Climate Change," Emily Pechar, Sense and Sustainability, June 29, 2015.
"Linking Carbon," Emily Pechar, Sense and Sustainability, May 9, 2016.


"Identity and Climate Change," (with Frederick Mayer), International Environmental Communication Association, 2015.

Introduces an identity-theory of climate change beliefs, discussing three primary identities prevalent among climate change deniers and how to use communications and framing to shift climate change beliefs among these individuals. 

"Overview of the North American Climate Policy Landscape at the National and Sub-National Levels," (with Mercedes Marcano), North American Climate Policy Forum, Sustainable Prosperity and Duke University , 2016.

Summarizes the national and sub-national policy activity in Canada, the US and Mexico, and highlights particular areas for policy harmonization. 

"Divided Trust: How Political Identity Affects Attitudes towards the Science of Climate Change and GMOs," (with Thomas Bernauer and Frederick Mayer), forthcoming, 2017.

Investigates correlations between political identification with government and corporations and trust in science across cultures. We also test whether receiving scientific information from a trusted source can increase resulting levels of trust in climate and GMO science.