As a researcher of public policy and environmental politics, my work investigates what drives public opinion on polarizing issues, with a specific focus on the environment. Contributing to the literature on political communication in partisan environments, I examine how communication shapes political attitudes and behaviors, and how this is influenced by social identities. The overarching goal of my research agenda is to improve our understanding of public opinion about science and the environment, and investigate how political communication can reduce polarization and inform policies that can gain broad public support.
Pechar, Emily K., Thomas Bernauer & Frederick W. Mayer. 2018. Beyond political ideology: The impact of attitudes towards government and corporations on trust in science. Science Communication.
Pechar, Emily K., Rachel Kranton. 2017. Moderators of intergroup discrimination in the Minimal Group Paradigm: A meta-analysis.
Balleisen, Edward, Lori Bennear, David Cheang, Megan Hayes, Emily K. Pechar, A. Catherine Preston (in press). “Institutional Mechanisms for Investigating the Regulatory Impact of a Major Crisis: The Commission of Inquiry and the Safety Board.” In Policy Shock: Recalibrating Risk and Regulation after Oil Spills, Nuclear Accidents, and Financial Crashes, ed Edward J. Balleisen, Lori S. Bennear, Kimberly D. Krawiec, and Jonathan B. Wiener. Cambridge University Press.
Pechar, Emily K. (Contributing Author), Global Assessment of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services: The assessment report of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services on Global Assessment of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services. 2019. Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES)
Pechar, Emily K., Mercedes Marcano, Acacia Paton-Young, Brian Murray, & Geoff McCarney. 2016. North American Climate Policy Forum: Post-Conference Discussion and Summary Report. Ottawa, ON: Sustainable Prosperity.
Pechar, Emily K. & Mercedes Marcano. 2016. Overview of the North American Climate Policy Landscape at the National and Sub-National Levels. Ottawa, ON: Sustainable Prosperity.