Seminar: Conservation Behavior: A Synthesis of Knowledge

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James Boyd, Director of Social Science and Policy, SESYNC; Senior Fellow and Director, Center for the Management of Ecological Wealth, Resources for the Future
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Tuesday, November 26, 2013 - 12:30

The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC)
1 Park Place, Suite 300
Annapolis, MD 21401

The resolution of environmental issues depends on many things—scientific knowledge, technological developments, economic incentives, etc.—but perhaps most importantly, it depends on the public’s awareness, interest, and capacity to act.

What are the ingredients for successful action? Economists offer tools for examining costs, benefits, trade-offs, incentives, and their relationship to public and private institutions. Political scientists assess governance, public attitudes, and decision making by both the public and its representatives. Sociologists and psychologists probe the “people factor”—why do people think what they think, how do values and attitudes form, and how do they affect choices and actions? There is also the looming presence of communications—understanding how people respond to different messages and media, targeting messages to specific audiences, and tracking how messages spread.

This seminar will summarize insights from multiple social and behavioral science research disciplines to shed light on environmental attitudes and corresponding behaviors.

Above photo: Volunteers plant underwater grass in the St. Mary's River, near Naval Air Station Patuxent River's Webster Field Annex during a shoreline restoration event.
Photo Credit: John Verrico | U.S. Navy
Source: Flickr/Creative Commons

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