Omar I. Asensio

Doctoral candidate, ESE and National Science Foundation IGERT Fellow Institute of the Environment and Sustainability

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Omar I. Asensio is a doctoral candidate and NSF IGERT fellow at UCLA.

Omar's research focuses on information, technology and behavior. He investigates how information changes the behavior of consumers, households and firms. He's a behavioral economist who studies decision making in contexts such as energy, the environment and health. Omar studies how effectively information can be used as interventions to solve social problems, most recently in the area of energy efficiency and conservation.

His dissertation at UCLA introduces health-based messaging as a behavioral strategy to reduce energy use in the home. He conducts randomized controlled trials (RCTs) and develops statistical and computational models of energy and behavior.

He is an affiliated researcher at the Center for Corporate Environmental Performance (CCEP) and the California Center for Sustainable Communities (CCSC).


“Non Price Incentives and Energy Conservation" (with Magali Delmas) - revise and resubmit (R&R) at the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS)

“Information Strategies and Energy Conservation Behavior: A Meta-Analysis of Experimental Studies from 1975-2012" (with Magali Delmas and Miriam Fischlein) Energy Policy, 61 729-739

“Dynamics of Behavior Change: Evidence from Energy Conservation" (with Magali Delmas) – in preparation

Recent Awards

Best Paper Award 2014, Ivey/ARCS Ph.D. Sustainability Academy

Best Reviewer Award 2014, Academy of Management Organizations and the Natural Environment (ONE) Division