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Environmental Institutions Series

"Collective Action and the Complex Environment"

Mark Lubell, Professor
Department of Environmental Science and Policy
UC Davis

Monday, April 2, 2012
11:30 - 12:30
Bren Hall 1520
Note: This is a room change.

"In our series on environmental intsitutions, Mark offers a synthetic approach to collective-action problems. He is one of the best political scientists thinking about environmental questions. I encourage you to come and hear his perspective." Sarah Anderson, host

This presentation will describe a multi-pronged research agenda for understanding the role of policy institutions and cooperation in solving complex environmental collective-action problems. Core themes and research questions will be illustrated with empirical research from water management in San Francisco Bay and sustainable viticulture in California's wine country.

Mark Lubell studies collective-action problems in theory, lab, and field settings using quantitative and qualitative empirical methods. His current research topics include watershed management, environmental behavior, sustainable agriculture, climate change policy, multi-generational public goods experiments, and agent-based models of cooperation. Each of these situations represents a different type of collective-action problem. These situations also feature many phenomena of central interest to most social sciences, such as the role of institutions, environmental behavior, and policy implementation. Following a natural-science model of scientific inquiry, Lubell's long-term research agenda is to discover common principles of collective action that can be observed and tested in all three modes of research: theory, experiment, and field. Lubell has received numerous grants from the National Science Foundation and US Department of Agriculture, and publishes in political science, public administration, and environmental-sciences journals.

NOTE: Research colloquia are hosted by Bren faculty members and are generally high-level talks about research in a particular area of environmental science and management.


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