Daniel A. DeCaro, PhD
Postdoctoral Research, Vincent & Elinor Ostrom Workshop in Political Theory & Policy Analysis, Indiana University - Bloomington, 2010-2013
Ph.D. Social Cognition, Miami University, 2010
Visiting Scholar (Political Psychology), Summer Institute in Political Psychology, Stanford University, 2008
My research focuses on motivational and social decision making processes that underlie people's ability to cooperatively solve social dilemmas in environmental and human governance situations (e.g., sustainable management of environmental resources and voluntary contributions to public goods). I am also interested in factors that promote environmentally responsible behavior, and conduct research on social justice dimensions of community-based governance and public participation in environmental decision making. My recent work pertains to water governance, and resilient management of complex rivers and streams.
We conduct laboratory and field research on social cooperation in group and community-based social dilemmas.
National Science Foundation (NSF), Decision, Risk, and Management Sciences (Award #1658608), $690,551 (2017-2022). Psychosocial, motivational, and cooperative effects of communication, enforcement, and participatory decision making in resource dilemmas. Lead PI, with Co-PIs Marco Janssen and Allen Lee (ASU).
Sustainability Roundtable Speaker Series
I organize the Sustainability Roundtable Speaker Series. Held every-other Friday, 11am-12noon. If you would like to participate in the roundtable discussion, attend the talk, or present, please click here for more information.
DeCaro, D. A. , Chaffin, B. C., Schlager, E., Garmestani, A. S. , & Ruhl, J. B. (2017). Legal and institutional foundations of adaptive environmental governance. Ecology and Society 22(1):32. [online] https://doi.org/10.5751/ES-09036-220132
DeCaro, D. A. , Arnold, C. A., Boamah, E., & Garmestani, A. S. (2017). Understanding and applying principles of social cognition and decision making in adaptive environmental governance. Ecology and Society 22(1):33. https://doi.org/10.5751/ES-09154-220133
DeCaro, D. A., Janssen, M. A., & Lee, A. (2015). Synergistic effects of voting and enforcement on internalized motivation to cooperate in a resource dilemma. Judgment and Decision Making, 10(6), 511-537.http://journal.sjdm.org/vol10.6.html
- Media Coverage: Interview at The Methodology for Psychology Podcast (click to view)
Arnold, C. A., Green, O. O., DeCaro, D. A., Chase, A., & Ewa, J.-G. (2014). The social-ecological resilience of an eastern urban-suburban watershed: the Anacostia River Basin. Idaho Law Review, 51(1), 29-90.
DeCaro, D. A., & Stokes, M. K. (2013). Public participation and institutional fit: a social–psychological perspective. Ecology and Society, 18(4), 40. [online] http://dx.doi.org/10.5751/ES-05837-180440
DeCaro, D. A., & Stokes, M. (2008). Social-psychological principles of community-based conservation and conservancy motivation: attaining goals within an autonomy-supportive environment.Conservation Biology, 22(6), 1443-1451
- Quantitative Methods in Psychology
- Environmental Psychology (WR)
- Introduction to Sustainability
- Sustainable Social-Ecological Systems
- Behavioral Dimensions of Urban Sustainability (Environmental Decision Making)
Educational (for Teachers)
- Lesson Plans to Teach Psychological (Behavioral) Aspects of Sustainability to College and Elementary School Students (click to download)
- Vision: Social Sustainability Guidelines and Metrics for Transportation in Louisville: A Proposal for TARC's APTA Sustainability Commitment (click to download)