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Environment, people, and the economy. While the challenges before us on these three fronts are significant, pessimism will get us nowhere. We believe that, collectively in society and as a community of scholars, we have the ideas, the tools, and the opportunity to make a lasting and positive difference for current and future generations.

Our research is intended to improve our collective understanding of how individuals and groups instinctively make judgments and decisions. And, we conduct research and development on tools and approaches designed to measurably improve people’s judgment and decision-making capabilities. In undertaking our research, we rely heavily on the application of mixed methods, both quantitative and qualitative, which reflects our team’s interdisciplinary background and experiences.

Taken together, our research addresses three interlocking objectives:  First, we are interested in how people — working individually and in groups — intuitively make judgments and decisions about a wide range of sustainability challenges and opportunities.  Second, findings from this research give rise to our work on developing and testing — via controlled experiments — decision-support approaches and tools that help to improve the quality of people’s judgments and decisions.  And, third, we take these decision support tools into the field to implement and evaluate them in the context of actual (vs. hypothetical) sustainability challenges involving real-life stakeholders and decision-makers.

Members of the lab adhere strongly to best practices according to the scientific method and, importantly, are committed to applied impact and external engagement.

Click here to read about some of our recent research projects.