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Tuesday, 06 November 2018, 12:30

 Tuesday, November 6, 2018. 12:30PM. Modeling Energy and Environmental Behavior. Elke Weber, Princeton University. Sponsored by Princeton Environmental Institute. More information here.


Weber will provide a historical overview of behavioral-decision theory as it relates to decisions related to energy-use and caring for the environment. Empirically grounded psychological theories about how energy-related decisions are made do not connect with global models of long-term low-carbon futures, which implicitly assume rational expectations and rational choice. Non-rational decision processes were only recently introduced into the analyses of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Weber will report on her collaborative effort with colleagues at the Stockholm Resilience Centre — known as MoHuB 2.0 (Modelling Human Behavior 2.0) — to model the decision processes of individuals and the social-network dynamics that may lead to tipping points in behavior related to energy and the environment. She will close by reflecting on the challenges and opportunities of modeling resource-allocation decisions that impact greenhouse gas emissions across different levels.



Location  Guyot Hall, Room 10, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ.