My research examines judgment and decision-making related to food, agriculture, and the environment.
I am a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Ostrom Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis at Indiana University. My research examines how people make judgments and decisions in situations of uncertainty. How do perceptions of climate variability and related biases influence agricultural practices? What drives adoption of sustainable food and agricultural technologies? How can policies be designed to shape environmental behavior and outcomes? My research is motivated by the cognitive complexity of environmental decision making and the necessity of finding new ways of understanding decisions given the uncertainty posed by environmental change.
As a research fellow at the Ostrom Workshop, I work in an interdisciplinary team of physical and social scientists studying the relationship between food security and climate change in arid regions of Africa. Current and future publications consider the perceptions and heuristics that shape farmers' planting decisions in the face of climate-related uncertainty. These projects aim to inform and improve agricultural policy and environmental outcomes for small farmers in developing countries.
I am currently a visitor at the Kahneman-Treisman Center for Behavioral Science and Public Policy at Princeton University for the 2017-8 academic year.