DR. RENEE LERTZMAN

Dr. Renee Lertzman is a researcher, strategist and psychologist. Her unique and integrated approach brings together the best of the behavioral sciences, social sciences and innovative design sciences to create a powerful approach to engagement and social change on climate and environmental issues. She works with business, governmental, nongovernmental, academic and philanthropic sectors to create effective strategies for engaging and communicating about climate, energy and environment across partisan, ideological, cultural and social backgrounds.

Renee is regularly commissioned to teach, present and produce research for a range of institutions, including World Wildlife Fund, the White House Social and Behavioral Sciences Team (SBST), National Center for Atmospheric Research, NOAA, Climate Solutions, Sustainable Path Foundation, Columbia University, Portland State University, Center for Sustainable Energy, Skoll Global Threats Fund, Radboud University (NL), Lanzhou University (China), Royal Roads University (British Columbia), Oxford University’s UK Energy Research Centre, and the University College London’s Climate Sciences Communications Policy Commission. She’s the author of numerous resources for the climate community, including the Field Guide to Social Sciences for the Climate Advocacy Lab, and the WWF eBook, Reducing Desire for Ivory: A Psychosocial Guide to Address Ivory Consumption.

Following a senior research position at Portland State University in 2011, she has been a full-time applied researcher and advisor. She is a founding member of the Climate Psychology Alliance. Renee’s first book, Environmental Melancholia: Psychoanalytic Dimensions of Engagement, was published in 2015, and she is working on a trade book about addressing the psychological challenges of our environmental crises.

Renee’s work has been featured in The Guardian, The New York Times, Time, Washington Post, the Hollywood Reporter, Vice, DeSmog Blog, Grist.org, Huffington Post, The Correspondent (NL), Down to Earth (NL), ClimateAccess, Warm Regards (podcast), Cambridge TV (UK), Climate One at the Commonwealth Club, Climate Confidential, Oregon Public Radio, and the BBC. She is based in the San Francisco Bay Area.