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Human Dimensions of the Environment

In NRES, research into the Human Dimensions of the Environment tackles three main questions at the nexus of natural and human systems, such as:

  • How can human societies manage environments and natural resources for human well-being?
    • Do greener schoolyards boost academic achievement?
    • At what age should trees be harvested to maximize value?
    • Can visiting an urban park strengthen our immune system?
  • How can public policy encourage sustainable behaviors and ways of life?
    • Should governments subsidize private landowners to plant trees?
    • What policies must be put in place to incentivize renewable energy?
  • How can formal and informal institutions understand and improve environmental decision-making processes?
    • How do stakeholders negotiate trade-offs in environmental benefits and burdens?
    • How can scientific information be better used in environmental decision-making that ultimately impacts companies, consumers and nature?
    • What are the limitations of science in politics under heightened conditions of complexity, uncertainty, and risk?

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