Lee White, Ph.D.


Dr. Lee White earned her PhD in Urban Planning and Development at the University of Southern California’s Sol Price School of Public Policy, specializing in examining city policies and individual-level behavioral interventions that can increase sustainable behavior. She holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Energy Management from the University of Otago. Lee’s research interests include understanding behavioral drivers of pro-environmental behavior, examining local level policies that could reduce barriers to pro-environmental behavior, and the junction between these two areas. In particular, she has studied adoption of technologies including residential solar panels and electric vehicles, and adoption of new behaviors such as willingness to participate in demand-side and spillover between pro-environmental behaviors. Lee is currently involved in projects examining drivers of electric vehicle vs. conventional vehicle adoption, predictors of trust in autonomous vehicles, factors that impact household acceptance of demand-side response, and the extent to which demand-side response measures may exacerbate energy poverty. When not in the lab, she can be found hiking or perfecting her gluten free baking.


Current Projects: How I See Myself Behind the Wheel, Letting Go of the WheelEnergy Interactions, TOU Project, Contextual Barriers & EV Adoption