Caroline Noblet, Ph.D.

Caroline Noblet

Office Address:
Winslow Hall, Room 207

Mailing Address:
School of Economics
5782 Winslow Hall
University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469-5782

Contact Information
Phone: 207/581-3172

Research Interests

Environmental Behavior and Economic Psychology

Information Processing (Eco-Labels, Message Framing, etc.)

Values in Sustainability Science

Food Systems

Environmental Economics

Regional Economic Development

Research Projects

Sustainability Behaviors

Using Immersive Virtual Reality to Understand the Impacts of Wind Energy Siting

Media Expertise:

Sustainable Behavior
Public Acceptance of Policy

Student Opportunities:

Currently accepting Master’s students through the School of Economics and the Ecology and Environmental Sciences Program. Also currently accepting applications for undergraduate research assistants.


University of Maine, Ph.D. (Economic Psychology)

University of Maine, M.S. (Resource Economics and Policy)

Boston College, B.A. (Economics and Environmental Science)


ECO 120: Principles of Microeconomics

ECO 180: Citizens, Energy and Sustainability

ECO 377:  Natural Resource Economics and Policy

ECO 410: Accelerated Principles of Economics

Assistant Professor, School of Economics, University of Maine
Associate, Senator George J. Mitchell Center


Caroline Noblet is an Assistant Professor in the School of Economics at the University of Maine. Her research explores why people act the way they do towards the environment. This question takes her across academic disciplinary boundaries between the fields of economics, psychology, and communication. Noblet’s research has focused on the role of motivation, pro-ecological worldview, and provision of environmental information in making decisions about, and towards, the environment. At a local level, Noblet researches the changing environmental and economic landscape of Maine.

In addition to her research program, Dr. Noblet participates in the Academ-e program that brings Maine’s elite high school students to the University of Maine for a first opportunity to participate in college courses. In 2012, Noblet was awarded the 2012 Outstanding Graduate Mentor Award from the College of Natural Sciences, Forestry and Agriculture. In 2011, she was awarded the Professor of the Year Award from Sigma Phi Epsilon.

Funding for Dr. Noblet’s research has come from the National Science Foundation – EPSCoR, U.S. Department of Transportation through Cornell University Sungrant, USDA Rural Business Opportunity Grants, and Maine Department of Transportation.

Selected Publications

M.F. Teisl, S. McCoy, S. Marrinan, T. Johnson, C.L. Noblet, R. Roper, M. Wibberly, and S. Wagner, “Will Offshore Energy Face ‘Fair Winds and Following Seas’?: Understanding the Factors Influencing Marine Energy Support,” Estuaries and Coasts, forthcoming.

Caroline L. Noblet, John Thøgersen, and Mario F. Teisl, “Who Attempts to Drive Less in New England?,” Transportation Research Part F: Psychology and Behaviour 23C (2014): 69-80.

Caroline L. Noblet, Mark W. Anderson, and Laura Lindenfeld, “Environmental Worldviews: A Point of Common Contact, or Barrier?” Sustainability 5 (2013): 4825-4842.

Caroline L. Noblet, M. Anderson, and M.F. Teisl, “An Empirical Test of Anchoring the NEP Scale in Environmental Ethics,” Environmental Education Research 19, no. 4 (2013): 540-551.

Caroline L. Noblet, Mario F. Teisl, Katherine H. Farrow, and Jonathan Rubin, “Biofuels Development in Maine: Using Trees to Oil the Wheels of Sustainability,” Maine Policy Review 22, no. 1 (2012): 56-65.

Mark W. Anderson, Mario F. Teisl, and Caroline L. Noblet, “Giving Voice to the Future in Sustainability: Retrospective Assessment to Learn Prospective Stakeholder Engagement,” Ecological Economics 84 (2012): 1-6.

John Thøgersen and Caroline L. Noblet, “Does Green Consumerism Increase the Acceptance of Windpower?” Energy Policy 51 (2012): 854-862.

Mark W. Anderson, Caroline L. Noblet, and Mario F. Teisl, “Our Environment: A Glimpse at What Mainers Value,” Maine Policy Review 21, no. 1 (2012): 104-111.

Shyamani Siriwardena, Gary Hunt, Mario F. Teisl, and Caroline L. Noblet, “Effective Environmental Marketing of Green Cars: A Nested-Logit Approach,” Transportation Research D 17, no. 1 (2012): 237-242.

Mario F. Teisl, Mark W. Anderson, Caroline L. Noblet, George K. Criner, Jonathan Rubin, and Timothy Dalton, “Are Environmental Professors Unbalanced? Evidence from the Field,” Journal of Environmental Education 42, no. 2 (2010): 67-83.

Reports, Books, and Chapters:

Caroline L. Noblet and Mario F. Teisl. “Eco-Labeling as Sustainable Consumption Policy,” in Handbook of Research on Sustainable Consumption, eds. Edward Elgar, John Thøgersen, and Lucia Reisch (2014).

Caroline L. Noblet and Todd M. Gabe. “Business Climate for Maine’s Clean Technology Sector,” in University of Maine School of Economics Staff Paper (#607, 2014).

Katherine Farrow, Mario F. Teisl, Caroline L. Noblet, Shannon McCoy, and Jonathan Rubin. “Does Money Grow on Trees? People’s Willingness to Pay for Cellulosic Wood Ethanol,” in Biofuel/Book1 (InTech Publishing, 2010).

Mario F. Teisl, Caroline L. Noblet, Andrew Knox, and Jonathan Rubin. “Consumer Biofuel Knowledge and Preferences: Results of Focus Groups,” in University of Maine School of Economics Staff Paper (#580, 2009).