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Yoon Ah Shin finished her PhD program at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA) at the University of Pittsburgh in December 2019. Using a complex adaptive system framework, her research investigated an evolving process of an inter-organizational collaboration system in response to a public health crisis. During her PhD program, she also participated in an interdisciplinary research team working to design and develop an inter-organizational communication system in response to a tsunami risk in Indonesia for the Center for Disaster Management.
Yoon Ah joined SESYNC in 2020 to participate in the interdisciplinary research pursuit "Putting people into climate models: A multi-model approach to integrating human behavior and climate change," led by Dr. Brian Beckage and Dr. Katherine Lacasse. Yoon Ah’s SESYNC project involves identifying human behavioral factors to increase or decrease climate change risk. As a part of a socio-environmental system dynamics model, her model focuses on factors that motivate political leadership to adopt and implement policies to mitigate climate change risk, and it aims to investigate how much the policies adopted by political leadership can drive collective behavioral changes among industries and individuals.