PEI Faculty Seminar: “Modeling Energy and Environmental Behavior”

 

Elke Weber, the Gerhard R. Andlinger Professor in Energy and the Environment and professor of psychology and public affairs, and PEI associated faculty, presented, “Modeling Energy and Environmental Behavior: Challenges, Opportunities and Tools from Individual to Aggregate Levels,” at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6, in Guyot Hall, Room 10. She was the third speaker in the Fall 2018 PEI Faculty Seminar Series.

Weber provided a historical overview of behavioral-decision theory as it relates to energy-use and caring for the environment. Empirically grounded psychological theories about energy-related decisions do not connect with global models of long-term low-carbon futures, which assume rational expectations and choice. Non-rational decision processes were only recently introduced into the analyses of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Weber reported on her collaborative effort with the Stockholm Resilience Centre — known as MoHuB 2.0 (Modelling Human Behavior 2.0) — to model individual decision processes and the social-network dynamics that may lead to tipping points in behavior related to energy and the environment. She closed by reflecting on the challenges and opportunities of modeling resource-allocation decisions that impact greenhouse gas emissions across different levels.

PEI Faculty Seminar: “Modeling Energy and Environmental Behavior”

Publish Date

November 6, 2018

Presenter(s)

Elke Weber

Video Length

00:58:55

 

Elke Weber, the Gerhard R. Andlinger Professor in Energy and the Environment and professor of psychology and public affairs, and PEI associated faculty, presented, “Modeling Energy and Environmental Behavior: Challenges, Opportunities and Tools from Individual to Aggregate Levels,” at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6, in Guyot Hall, Room 10. She was the third speaker in the Fall 2018 PEI Faculty Seminar Series.

Weber provided a historical overview of behavioral-decision theory as it relates to energy-use and caring for the environment. Empirically grounded psychological theories about energy-related decisions do not connect with global models of long-term low-carbon futures, which assume rational expectations and choice. Non-rational decision processes were only recently introduced into the analyses of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Weber reported on her collaborative effort with the Stockholm Resilience Centre — known as MoHuB 2.0 (Modelling Human Behavior 2.0) — to model individual decision processes and the social-network dynamics that may lead to tipping points in behavior related to energy and the environment. She closed by reflecting on the challenges and opportunities of modeling resource-allocation decisions that impact greenhouse gas emissions across different levels.