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Violent Extremism &
Environmental Sustainability Lab

Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar

Who We Are

Our lab studies: 1) violent extremism and 2) environmental sustainability. Through our research we seek to gain a better understanding of the psychological processes leading to political violence and pro-environmental behaviors, as well as creating effective interventions to promote safer and more sustainable societies. We conduct cross-cultural research in the lab and in the field to examine these issues.

Current Research

Are counter-narratives effective to mitigate violent political activism?

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Can secure attachment promote friendly environmental behaviors?

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In the News

What Motivates COVID Rule Breakers?

Jocelyn Bélanger & Pontus Leander

December 9, 2020 – Scientific American

How Behavioral Science Can Help Contain the Coronavirus

Jocelyn Bélanger

May 11, 2020 – Scientific American

Can You Change for Climate Change?

Claudia Nisa & Jocelyn Bélanger

December 23, 2019 – Scientific American


Sri Lanka’s Radical Approach to Deradicalization Worked Before. It Can Again

Jocelyn Bélanger

September 9, 2019 – World Politics Review

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