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Applications of Network Science to Environmental Policy (Mark Lubell)

Story posted August 29, 2013

Event date(s): August 27, 2010 — June 30, 2014

Tuesday, September 17, 2013 7:30 pm
Main Lounge, Moulton Union

Mark LubellMark Lubell Professor Mark Lubell, Director of the Center for Environmental Policy and Behavior at the University of California-Davis, will share lessons learned from more than 15 years conducting economics valuation research to inform public policy decisions. He will speak about social networks as core components of policy processes and individual decision-making. The emerging field of network science is developing theories and methods for studying networks in empirical settings. This talk will provide an overview of the application of network science to public policy, including case studies of water management, sustainable viticulture, and climate change on public lands.

California’s integrated regional water management planning is the product of a state funded grant program, which requires diverse water management interests to participate in collaborative development of water management plans in order to qualify for grant funding. Professor Lubell’s research seeks to identify factors that contribute to success in collaborative, multi-stakeholder planning processes.

The goal of the sustainable viviculture research is to understand how local agriculture sustainability programs, also known as “partnerships” in California influence growers’ social networks and adoption of sustainable agriculture practices. .

"I study cooperation problems and decision-making in environmental, agricultural, and public policy. The most famous cooperation problem in environmental science is the Tragedy of the Commons as described by Garrett Hardin in 1968. I view cooperation problems as the cause of many environmental conflicts, and therefore environmental policy is an excellent context to research these issues." Mark Lubell

This talk is co-sponsored by the Government Department, the McKeen Center for the Common Good, and the Environmental Studies Program. For more information please call 725-3396.