Institute at Brown for Environment and SocietyIBES

Institutions and Human Behavior

We examine how individuals perceive and respond to environmental conditions, and how their responses are linked across space and time.

The Institutions and Human Behavior group seeks to use the tools of social and behavioral science, inclusive of survey design, participant observation, and archival research, to develop an understanding of how individuals perceive and respond to environmental conditions, and how individual responses are linked across space and time through social, economic, cultural and political institutions.  Research in this area examine such issues as the effects of conditional transfers, credit access, transport costs, and input spillovers on land use; the effects of water markets, physical infrastructure, and pricing on water utilization, the effects of transportation, industrial composition, and voluntary certification on air quality; and the roles of social movements, macroeconomic considerations, expert networks and in the formation of local, national, and international environmental policy.

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