Sustainability Roundtable: Social Decision Making and Sustainability Lab

When Apr 14, 2017
from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Where Life Sciences Room 135
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Please join us for UofL's final Sustainability Roundtable this spring!

Dr. Daniel DeCaro (Urban & Public Affairs, Psychological & Brain Sciences) will be discussing his study of societal cooperation and sustainability of shared natural resources in the lab. This study investigates the psychological processes involved when groups of otherwise competitive stakeholders work together to solve difficult social and environment problems. The experiment he will be talking about examines when and how two fundamental aspects of human governance, participatory democracy (e.g., voting) and enforcement (e.g., economic sanctions), encourage societal cooperation, helping groups sustain a shared resource. He did this experiment with Nobelist Elinor Ostrom (Indiana University), Marco Janssen and Allen Lee (Arizona State University), continuing Ostrom's work on citizen-led (self-governance) of environmental resources. It is the precursor to Dr. DeCaro's 5-year National Science Foundation project, which examines additional aspects of societal cooperation (Award #1658608).

The format is a 30-40 minute presentation followed by 20-30 minute open discussion. Please feel free to bring your lunch!

Anyone with an interest in sustainability (or social-ecological resilience) can give talks at the speaker series and participate in the audience, including faculty, staff, students, practitioners, teachers, government officials, and members of the public.

If you would like to give a presentation, or would like to hear a particular speaker, please contact Daniel DeCaro.