Anandita (Ana) is a PhD student investigating social influences on collective climate action. Through her research, she hopes to utilise psychological insights to promote collective pro-environmental behaviour in diverse cultural settings. A proponent of ethical and transparent research practices, Ana aims to inculcate the values of empathy, diversity, equity, and open science in her research.
Having lived in India, Singapore, and now the UK, Ana has had the opportunity to reflect on the diverse and disproportionate impacts of climate change on various sectors of society. These experiences have shaped her desires to contribute to climate change mitigation. Some of her research focusses on developing theoretically-sound and empirically validated tools for climate change communication. In another line of work, she is exploring how a culture of sustainability develops within institutions and social groups.
Prior to starting her PhD at LSE, Ana completed her MPhil in Psychology at the university of Cambridge, with the Cambridge Social Decision-making Lab. Her thesis examined the “Greta effect,” testing the psychological mechanisms through which climate activist Greta Thunberg influences collective action among various social groups. Ana received her BA (Hons) in Psychology (Magna Cum Laude) from Yale-NUS college in Singapore.