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Building Sustainable Communities

Overview

The modern world confronts us with a series of interconnected global sustainability challenges.  As communities from different countries and regions consider solutions, decision makers are increasingly aware of the complex—yet poorly understood—connections and interdependencies between and among natural, built, and socioeconomic networks and systems.  Rapid advances in information and communication technologies are further challenging us to think about how these systems operate and interact, and how perturbations or failures in one system cascade and amplify through other linked systems. Solving these challenges also requires careful attention to individual and collective decision making, including the formal and informal institutions that shape those decisions.

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Purdue’s Approach

Leveraging a multi-year cluster hire of seven new faculty members across seven departments, this initiative is promoting interdisciplinary and systems approaches to understanding and addressing these challenges.  The initiative is focused on three overlapping areas: informal institutions and decision making, critical infrastructure systems, and resilience in social, engineered, and ecological systems. Rather than addressing problems such as natural disaster preparedness and response, or climate change mitigation and adaptation, as primarily engineering or institutional design problems, this initiative investigates good design principles for both complex social and engineered systems, as well as their networked interactions.

Projects

Bridging Information, Uncertainty, and Decision-Making in Hurricanes using an Interdisciplinary Perspective

PI: Satish Ukkusuri
Funding: National Science Foundation

Hurricane warnings are issued with the goal of giving people enough time to get out of the storm’s way. Currently, however, decision support tools used by emergency managers do not account for how residents make decisions about when to evacuate, nor do they consider how transportation systems will be affected by these decisions. This project integrates hurricane evacuation modeling, analysis of household-level decision making, social network effects, and stochastic traffic modeling to improve the effectiveness of evacuations.

Sustainable adequacy planning in the residential building stock under deep uncertainty

PI: Roshanak Nateghi
Funding: Purdue

In 2012, the U.S. residential sector accounted for 21% of the total primary energy consumption and around 20% of total carbon dioxide emissions. Analysis of U.S. energy consumption trends since the 1980s reveal that residential-sector electricity consumption grew six times faster than total energy consumption. Moreover, residential electric power demands are rapidly departing from historical patterns, due in large part to the increasing importance of factors such as climate change and urbanization, as well as regulatory, socioeconomic, and technologic changes. There remains, therefore, a critical need to establish an accurate, multi-scale resilience-based conceptual framework by which residential electric consumer levels can be accurately characterized and future demands projected. This project will establish a decision framework to support anticipatory modernization and expansion of the electric power infrastructure and ensure its resilience in the face of uncertainties

Critical Transitions in the Resilience and Recovery of Interdependent Social and Physical Networks

PI: Satish Ukkusuri
Funding: National Science Foundation

Understanding the recovery of communities after disruptions has important implications for efficiently allocating resources, better planning for disasters, and reducing time and cost of recovery. Virtually all communities are embedded in highly interdependent social and physical infrastructure. This coupling between social and physical networks can lead to complex cascading effects that cannot be understood by looking at these networks in isolation. The research team will collect data from communities impacted by Hurricane Sandy to create and test modeling approaches for improved knowledge of both social and physical factors that lead to recovery.

Making resilience functional in a rapidly changing world

PI: Michael Jenkins
Funding: Purdue

Contemporary ecosystem management is often concerned with maintaining an ecosystem’s current state or returning a disturbed ecosystem to its pre-disturbance condition. However, as disturbances shift the baseline condition of ecosystems, maintaining the static or cyclic states dictated by the long-established conceptualization of resilience becomes difficult. Therefore, it is important to understand how managers currently operationalize resilience in order to develop a conceptual framework of resilience that is useful under potentially rapidly changing conditions. The long-term objective of this project is to understand the mechanisms that link the resilience of multi-trophic biodiversity with ecosystem function to improve ecosystem management.

Presence to Influence

PI: Laura Zanotti
Funding: Purdue

​The United Nations has identified indigenous peoples and women as two groups most affected by environmental change. Although indigenous peoples make up approximately 5% of the global population, they constitute more than one-third of the world’s poorest people and govern, occupy, or use nearly 22% of global land area, thus suggesting that indigenous peoples, and indigenous women in particular, are key stakeholders in global environmental governance. Until the mid-1990s, however, indigenous peoples had limited formal representation in international environmental policy-making. Presence to Influence is a multi-sited, multi-year collaborative research project that seeks to understand how marginalized and underrepresented groups in global environmental governance access and influence these governance processes. Sites currently include two main events, the 2015 Paris Climate Summit (COP21) and the 2016 World Conservation Congress. The team also draws from prior research at the 2014 World Parks Congress and the 2010 Convention on Biological Diversity Negotiations in Nagoya, Japan.

Using cash transfers to promote ecosystem services and sustainable livelihoods: What is the role of conditionality?

PI: Zhao Ma
Funding: Purdue

Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES) has become a popular conservation approach with potential social and economic co-benefits for resource-dependent communities. Most researchers and practitioners believe that conditionality is vital to PES programs--payments to local communities should be conditional on measurable ecological benefits or verifiable management actions. Enforcing these conditionality requirements is both difficult and costly. In the international development field, however, unconditional payments have been shown to be effective at producing social benefits such as schooling for children and improved youth health. This project will extend this research by investigating the circumstances under which conditionality is necessary for PES programs to succeed, using field experiments in rural communities in Bolivia.

Affiliated Faculty

Jonathan Bauchet

Consumer Science

Bauchet is an international development scholar studying the decision-making of poor individuals and families, particularly as they are impacted by and react to policies and programs of governments, donors, non-governmental organizations, and private firms. Bauchet’s current research examines how cash transfers to households in developing countries, aimed at improving environmental and human capital conditions, influence recipient households’ decisions, ecological, and economic outcomes. In particular, he is part of an interdisciplinary team at Purdue and beyond testing the need for imposing strict conditionality in an environmental conservation-focused cash transfer program using a randomized field experiment in Bolivia.

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Taylor Davis

Philosophy

After completing a B.S. in psychology, Dr. Davis obtained a Ph.D. in philosophy, with a focus on the evolution of culture and cooperation in general, and on the evolution of morality and religion, more specifically. Dr. Davis’s research focuses on the evolution and psychology of cultural norms, including norms of sustainability. Theories of cooperation in humans suggest that the enforcement of norms is central to our species’ unique capacity for behaving prosocially toward toward anonymous strangers, which makes it possible for us to engage in collective action on a large scale. Since many important challenges to sustainability take the form of large-scale collective action problems, this suggests that a well-developed psychology of norms could be a powerful tool for promoting the evolution of more sustainable policies and practices. Publications Kelly, D. and Davis, T. 2017. “Social Norms and Human Normative Psychology” Social Philosophy and Policy. Davis, T and Kelly, D. 2017. “Norms, not Moral Norms: The Boundaries of Morality Don’t Matter.” Comment on K. Stanford, The Difference Between Ice Cream and Nazis: Moral Externalization and the Evolution of Human Cooperation. Behavioral and Brain Sciences.

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Jonathon Day

Hospitality and Tourism Management

Dr. Jonathon Day, an Associate Professor in Purdue’s School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, has over 20 years’ experience in destination management. An award winning marketer, Dr Day has worked with destinations marketing organizations in Australia, New Zealand and the United States. Dr. Day is committed to ensuring tourism is a force for good in the world. He is the author of Introduction to Sustainable Tourism and Responsible Travel and co-author of The Tourism System 8th edition and over 25 peer reviewed articles in journals including Tourism Analysis, Journal of Travel and Tourism Marketing, Annals of Tourism Research, International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management. He is Chair of Tourism Innovation Partnership for Social Entrepreneurship, immediate past-Chair of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council’s Knowledge, Education, and Training workgroup, and a member of the executive of Tourism Education Futures Initiative. Dr. Day’s research focuses on the application of sustainable tourism in destination communities. He is interested in the factors that contribute to the success of sustainability programs in tourism systems. His work has also examined the interaction of tourism and culture. In addition to destination level research, Dr Day researches the role of companies and Corporate Social Responsibility in achieving sustainability goals. He has also examined the role of tourism based social entrepreneurs in solving social and environmental issues in destination communities.

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Andrew Flachs

Anthropology Department

Dr. Andrew Flachs researches food and agriculture systems, exploring genetically modified crops, heirloom seeds, and our own microbiomes. ?He graduated from Oberlin College with dual Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Arts degrees in 2010, earning his PhD from Washington University in St. Louis in 2016. ?Andrew's research in South India, North America, and Eastern Europe has been supported by public and private institutions including the Department of Education, the National Geographic Society, the American Institute of Indian Studies, and the Volkswagen Foundation. ?Outside of academia, he is an avid cook, cyclist, and musician. Andrew Flachs is an environmental anthropologist whose research spans sustainable agriculture, food studies, the anthropology of knowledge, and political ecology. ?His current research applies a mix of qualitative and quantitative approaches to examine the social impacts of organic and genetically modified agriculture in South India, the role of food traditions in socioecological resilience in Bosnia, and the ways that we foster probiotic microbes through fermented foods. ? Selected Publications Flachs, Andrew. 2017. “ Show Farmers: ?Transformative Sentiment and Performance in Organic Agricultural Development in South India.” ?Culture, Agriculture, Food, and Environment, 39(1):25-34. Stone, Glenn Davis and Andrew Flachs. 2017. ?“The Ox Fall Down: Path Breaking and Technology Treadmills in Indian Cotton Agriculture.” ?The Journal of Peasant Studies, published online April 26, 2017.

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Tara Grillos

Political Science

Tara Grillos is an Assistant Professor in the Political Science Department. Prior to joining the faculty at Purdue, Dr. Grillos was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Colorado's Institute of Behavioral Science. She received her PhD in Public Policy from Harvard University, where she was a fellow in the Sustainability Science Program. She holds undergraduate degrees in Economics and International Studies from the University of Pennsylvania, and she served as a United States Peace Corps Volunteer in Honduras. Grillos' research focuses on the impact of participatory institutions and informal norms on rule compliance, investment in public goods, and environmental behavior more generally. She is particularly interested in the design of sustainable development interventions and conducts much of her work through partnerships with local NGOs in developing countries. Her current projects include a lab experiment on group decision-making and public good contributions in Kenya, lab-in-the-field behavioral games assessing a decentralization reform in Honduras, and a randomized controlled trial of communal payments for ecosystem services in Bolivia. Publications Grillos, Tara. 2018. Women’s participation in environmental decision-making: Quasi-experimental evidence from northern Kenya. World Development, 108: 115-130. (https://doi.org/10.1016/j.worlddev.2018.03.017) Andersson, Krister P., Nathan Cook, Tara Grillos, Maria Claudia Lopez, Carl F. Salk, Glenn D. Wright, & Esther Mwangi. 2018. Experimental Evidence on Payments for Forest Commons Conservation. Nature Sustainability, 1(3):128-135.

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Erin Hennes

Psychology

Dr. Hennes is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences and an affiliate of the Department of Political Science, the Center for the Environment, and the Purdue Climate Change Research Center. She holds a B.A. in Music, Psychology, and Liberal Arts and Management from Indiana University. She completed her PhD in Social Psychology with a minor in Quantitative Methods at New York University, where she was funded by a National Science Foundation Dissertation Grant and was a finalist for the Society of Experimental Social Psychology Dissertation Award. Following graduation, she was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles and a Fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Currently, she is a member of the steering committee of the Indiana Climate Change Impacts Assessment, a Senior Associate Editor of the forthcoming Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Political Decision Making, and on the editorial board of the Journal of Social and Political Psychology and Politics, Groups and Identities. Hennes focuses on cognitive and motivational biases in information processing, particularly in the context of contemporary social issues such as environmental sustainability and racial and gender inequality. Specifically, she examines the consequences of the motivation to resist changes to existing sociostructural arrangements on basic psychological processes such as perceptual judgment, recall, and evaluation of scientific and media information. She takes a multi-method, interdisciplinary approach that integrates data from laboratory experiments, public opinion surveys, focus group interviews, and longitudinal field research to investigate how information and misinformation is encoded, elaborated, and disseminated. Selected Publications Jost, J. T., Langer, M., Badaan, V., Azevedo, F., Etchezahar, E., Ungaretti, J., & Hennes, E. P. (2017). Ideology and the limits of self-interest: System justification motivation and conservative advantages in mass politics. Translational Issues in Psychological Science, 3, e1-e26. Hennes, E. P., Ruisch, B. C., Feygina, I., Monteiro, C. A., & Jost, J. T. (2016). Motivated recall in the service of the economic system: The case of anthropogenic climate change. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 145, 755-771.

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David Johnson

Industrial Engineering and Political Science

Johnson’s interdisciplinary research focuses broadly on decision-making under deep uncertainty. Much of his work, including involvement in the National Science Foundation-funded Sustainable Climate Risk Management network, relates to development of decision support tools for flood risk management, with an emphasis on uncertainty visualization, tradeoff analysis, and the explicit adoption of stakeholder values into the decision-making process. He has presented and published on a variety of climate change issues including coastal flood risk management, renewable energy policy, assessment of infrastructure risks, and water scarcity and quality management. He was the lead developer of the flood risk model used to assess the impacts of a wide range of flood protection systems for Louisiana’s $50-billion 2012 Comprehensive Master Plan for a Sustainable Coast; he is currently the technical lead of the Risk Assessment team for the state’s 2017 plan update. Johnson also has developed decision support tools for policymakers in Louisiana to evaluate tradeoffs between cost effectiveness, social vulnerability, uncertainty, and other criteria in allocating funding for nonstructural risk mitigation options related to storm surge flooding.

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Jennifer Johnson

Anthropology

Jennifer Lee Johnson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Purdue University, where she teaches courses on environmental and cultural anthropology and anthropological theory. Johnson holds a PhD from the University of Michigan, completed a postdoctoral fellowship with the Program in Agrarian Studies at Yale University, and was awarded the American Anthropological Associations Environment and Anthropology Society’s Junior Scholar Award in 2017. ?In addition to her scholarly work, Johnson has worked on fisheries sustainability issues for the Marine Fish Conservation Network, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the Blue Ocean Institute. Johnson’s research is historically-rooted, ethnographically-engaged, and focused at the confluence of gender, illegality, and the ontological politics of sustainability in and around Africa’s largest body of freshwater where she has conducted long-term field research since 2007. Because of the rural cosmopolitanism that characterizes much of Africa’s inland littorals, Johnson’s work is inherently multinational, multilingual, and multispecies. Johnson’s current book project examines how stories about the past shape and are shaped by contemporary environmental policy debates, and how alternative – but no less accurate – accounts of linked transformations in social and ecological life may inspire more plausible pasts and livable futures. Selected Publications Johnson, Jennifer L., Laura Zanotti, Zhao Ma, David J. Yu, David R. Johnson, Alison Kirkham, and Courtney Carothers. 2018,. Interplays of Sustainability, Resilience, Adaptation and Transformation.” In Handbook of Sustainability and Social Science Research, edited by Walter Leal Filho, Robert W. Marans, and John Callewaert, 3–25. Cham: Springer International Publishing. Johnson, Jennifer Lee. 2017. Fish. Somatosphere. http://somatosphere.net/2017/12/fish.html (accessed January 8, 2018).

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Daniel Kelly

Philosophy

Kelly’s research interests lie at the intersection of the philosophy of mind, cognitive science, and moral theory. He is the author of Yuck! The Nature and Moral Significance of Disgust, and has published papers on moral judgment, social norms, responsibility, racial cognition, cross-cultural diversity, and David Foster Wallace. He is a founding member of the Moral Psychology Research Group, which includes like-minded philosophers and psychologists investigating morality from both philosophical and empirical perspectives. He enjoys frequently teaching Introduction to Philosophy and Philosophy of Mind, and has also taught courses on moral psychology, the philosophy of biology, the evolution of human cognition, the conceptual foundations of cognitive science, and a new course on the moral psychology of existential threat: cognitive and social obstacles to saving the planet. He likes a good argument.

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Zhao Ma

Forestry and Natural Resources

Dr. Ma is an interdisciplinary natural resource social scientist in the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources . Her research lies at the intersection of political ecology and social psychology, and examines natural resource decision-making processes of two types of actors, individuals and organizations. She considers natural resource decisions broadly to include management, utilization, conservation, preservation, as well as no action. Specifically, her students and her examine how individuals and organizations make natural resource decisions in response to various ecological, climatic, social, economic, political, and cultural changes, and how various natural resource decisions subsequently impact individuals, households, communities, organizations, and landscapes. Her lab is the Human Dimensions Lab (https://www.purdue.edu/fnr/sites/ma/). The lab uses both quantitative and qualitative research methods to study a variety of natural resource topics in many places around the world. More recently, the lab has focused on invasive plant management, small-scale farming, payment for ecosystem services, climate change perception and adaptation, water governance, and ecological restoration.

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Jamie Metzinger

Schl Of Construction Management Technolo

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Manjana Milkoreit

Political Science

Dr. Milkoreit received her Ph.D. in Global Governance from the University of Waterloo (Canada), where she held a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship and a Master in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School. Prior to her appointment at Purdue University she was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Arizona State University’s Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability. At ASU she established and ?lead the Imagination and Climate Futures Initiative. Dr. Milkoreit's research integrates international relations scholarship and cognitive theory to study actor motivations and policy design in global climate change politics and diplomacy. She is interested in governance challenges at the science-policy interface that impact the development of sustainable solutions to climate change. These challenges include the use of scientific knowledge in policy and governance decisions, the role of ideologies in advancing or preventing responses to climate change, and meaning-making processes related to the Anthropocene. Three topics dominate her current research agenda: (1) the challenges of future thinking in climate change governance (scientifically informed imagination), (2) effective science communication, esp. Regarding climate tipping points, and (3) the design of effective review mechanisms under the Paris Agreement. Selected Publications Milkoreit, M. (2017) Mindmade Politics: The Cognitive Roots of Global Climate Governance. The MIT Press. Milkoreit, M., J. Hodbod, J. Baggio, K. Benessaiah, R. Calderon-Contreras, J. F. Donges, J.-D. Mathias, J. C. Rocha, M. Schoon, S. E. Werners. (2018). Social Tipping Points in Social-ecological Systems? A Literature Review. Environmental Research Letters. http://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1748-9326/aaaa75

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Roshanak Nateghi

Industrial Engineering and Environmental and Ecological Engineering

Nateghi’s research is highly interdisciplinary and involves leveraging advanced analytical tools (e.g., statistical learning theory, simulation, optimization, risk and decision analysis) to address the sustainability and resiliency challenges of our aging infrastructure. Her past work has focused on modeling the impacts of extreme events and climate change on our energy infrastructure at various spatio-temporal scales. Her on-going research involves assessing the economic and environmental implications of the emerging changes in climate, technology, population growth and accelerated urbanization on patterns of demand for critical services such as water and energy.

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Linda Prokopy

Forestry and Natural Resources

Dr. Linda Prokopy is a Professor in the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources at Purdue University and the Director of the Indiana Water Resources Research Center. ?Dr. Prokopy is an interdisciplinary social scientist who is recognized nationally and internationally for her work incorporating social science into the fields of agricultural conservation, agricultural adaptation to climate change, and watershed management. ?She has developed a highly successful integrated program focused on the role of human decision making in water resources management. Dr. Prokopy is an interdisciplinary social scientist with a Ph.D. in Environmental Planning. She broadly studies the human dimensions of natural resource management. Her overlapping and complementary subject areas of interest are: (1) watershed management; (2) adoption of conservation behaviors / environmentally-friendly behaviors; (3) sustainable agriculture; (4) climate change and (5) public participation. She uses a variety of different literatures to study these different subject areas. These literatures include social psychology, rural sociology, collaboration/policy studies, planning, communication and risk assessment. She typically uses a mixed methods approach to answer research questions and employ a variety of qualitative and quantitative research tools, including surveys, case studies, and in-person interviews. Selected Publications Dr. Prokopy has over 90 peer-reviewed journal articles. ?A complete list of publications can be found at: https://www.purdue.edu/fnr/prokopy/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/ProkopyLCV.pdf

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P. Suresh Rao

Civil Engineering and Agronomy

Rao’s interdiciplinary research and graduate education programs in environmental/ecological sciences and engineering have covered diverse research interests that have spanned from lab-scale, process-level studies. Current research and educational interests are focused on: (1) multi-scale modeling and analysis of landscape hydrologic and biogeochemical process linkages across human-impact gradients, including intensively managed croplands, urban catchments, and wetlandscapes, with pristine catchments serving as the reference; (2) resilience-based analysis of coupled natural and engineered complex systems, including food-bioenergy-water sustainability issues.

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Leigh Raymond

Political Science

Leigh Raymond received his Ph.D. in Environmental Science, Policy, and Management from U.C. Berkeley, and a B.A. in Philosophy from Yale University. Dr. Raymond has served as PI or Co-PI on more than $4.8 million in external research grants and is the author of more than 30 refereed articles or book chapters and three books on property rights and environmental policy, including the 2016 book Reclaiming the Atmospheric Commons from MIT Press on recent changes in market-based climate policies. ?Dr. Raymond teaches courses related to public policy and the environment, and was a winner of the Kenneth T. Kofmehl Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award in the College of Liberal Arts. Dr. Raymond’s research focuses on the design and implementation of market-based environmental policies, including emissions trading policies to address climate change. He has also done research on a wide range of other environmental policy areas, including energy conservation behavior, environmental risk management, renewable fuels, conservation tillage, and biodiversity protection on private lands. His primary theoretical interests relate to the political communication and issue framing, and the role of social norms and values in shaping environmental policy outcomes. Selected Publications Andrews, A. C., R. A. Clawson, B. M. Gramig, & L. Raymond. 2017. Finding the Right Value: Framing Effects on Domain Experts. Political Psychology 38(2): 261-278. Raymond, L. 2016. Reclaiming the Atmospheric Commons: The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative and a New Model of Emissions Trading. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

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Satish Ukkusuri

Civil Engineering

Ukkusuri leads the Interdisciplinary Transportation Modeling and Analytics Lab at Purdue. His current areas of interest include: complex network modeling, coupled systems modeling, network resilience, big data analytics for transportation systems, dynamic traffic modeling, innovative signal control algorithms, connected vehicle environment, behavioral issues in natural hazards such as hurricanes, evacuation modeling, modeling transportation sustainability policies such as cap and trade, emissions pricing etc., sustainable freight logistics and safety modeling. His research derives knowledge from social sciences and computational sciences to create meaningful solutions for problems in transportation modeling, disaster management and freight logistics. He blends the development of new science-based approaches with practical applications and implementation.

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Jae Hoon David Yu

Civil Engineering

David has joint appointments with civil engineering and political science. David’s field of study is flood resilience, institutions (rules and norms) and the environment, collective action and the commons, and resilience of hybrid systems (engineered-social, socio-hydrological, and social-ecological) under global change. David received his B.ASc. in Engineering Science at the Simon Fraser University and his M.P.P at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore. He obtained his Ph.D. in Sustainability at the School of Sustainability, Arizona State University. David focuses on how institutions, built environment characteristics, and collective action problems affect the dynamics of hybrid systems (engineered-social, socio-hydrological, and social-ecological) in the face of natural and socioeconomic shocks using an interdisciplinary, multi-method approach. David brings diverse knowledge sets together to engage in this research: systems thinking (theories on resilience and complex adaptive systems), collective action theory, and human behavior, among others. His research methods include institutional analysis (analysis of rules and norms), mathematical and agent-based modeling, case study analysis, and behavioral experiments.His work pioneers the application of institutional analysis and collective action dynamics into the emerging field of socio-hydrology. Selected Publications Yu, D. J., N. Sangwan, K. Sung, X. Chen, and V. Merwade (2017), Incorporating institutions and collective action into a sociohydrological model of flood resilience, Water Resources Research 53(2), 1336–1353. Ishtiaque, A., N. Sangwan, and D. J. Yu (2017), Robust-yet-fragile nature of partly engineered social-ecological systems: A case study of coastal Bangladesh, Ecology and Society 22(3).

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Laura Zanotti

Anthropology Department

Dr. Zanotti is an environmental anthropologist and interdisciplinary social scientist who partners with communities to examine how local, mostly rural, livelihoods and well-being can be sustained and to identify the pathways that shape just futures. She joined the Purdue Faculty in 2009 and am an Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology. She serves on the executive committee at the Center for the Environment and am the Convener of the Building Sustainable Communities Signature Area. She also is an affiliate faculty in the American Studies, Human Rights, and Latin American and Latino Studies programs and certificates on campus. Using a?feminist political ecology?framework, Dr. Zanotti maps out spatial inequalities and injustices experienced by resource-dependent communities and highlight local adaptation and creativity in the context of acute change. In addition to environmental anthropology, she works with collaborative approaches to research inquiry and knowledge integration. Dr. Zanotti’s work has resulted in over ten published articles, an edited volume with Routledge, and several book chapters. Zanotti’s research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, and Purdue University. Selected Publications Ma, Z., Bauchet, J., Steele, D., Godoy, R., Radel, C., & Zanotti, L. (2017). Comparison of direct transfers for human capital development and environmental conservation.?World Development,?99, 498-517. Zanotti, Laura. (2016). Radical Territories in the Brazilian Amazon: The Kayap?’s Fight for Just Livelihoods. Tucson: University of Arizona Press.

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