MSU awarded grant to study renewable energy adoption in Michigan

Go to for original story: https://www.canr.msu.edu/news/msu-awarded-grant-to-study-renewable-energy-adoption-in-michigan “Michigan State University (MSU) has been awarded close to $1 million from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for a five-year study of renewable energy options using a cross-disciplinary research approach in eight Michigan communities, including two Native American communities. The project, “Socio-Technological System Transitions: Michigan Community and Anishinaabe RenewableContinue reading “MSU awarded grant to study renewable energy adoption in Michigan”

Improving decision making for carbon management initiatives

This paper by Victoria Campbell-Arvai, Lisa Kenney, Joe Arvai and I reviews five challenges faced during decision making about carbon management initiatives. The first of these challenges deals with behavioral and perceptual obstacles, which often leads to the introduction of systematic biases during decision making. The remaining four obstacles deal with the complexity associated withContinue reading “Improving decision making for carbon management initiatives”

An online decision support tool to evaluate ecological weed management strategies

Weeds remain the most commonly cited concern of organic farmers. Without the benefit of synthetic herbicides, organic farmers must rely on a host of ecological weed management (EWM) practices to control weeds. Despite EWM’s ability to improve soil quality, the perceived rate of integrated EWM strategy adoption remains low. This low adoption is likely aContinue reading “An online decision support tool to evaluate ecological weed management strategies”

Most Michigan residents are concerned about Line 5 spilling into Mackinac Straits

On Friday, February 22nd, Grant Gunn and I, colleagues on an IPPSR MAPPR grant looking at the Line 5 underwater oil pipeline, spoke with Arnold Weinfeld and Charles Ballard on WKAR’s MSU Today with Russ White Podcast.  Hear what we had to say and read about work here.  You can also download the MSU TodayContinue reading “Most Michigan residents are concerned about Line 5 spilling into Mackinac Straits”

Do people disagree with themselves?

It is commonly accepted that people disagree with one another. In this article, my colleagues and I present results that suggest people may disagree with themselves. Using eight decision-making contexts ranging in familiarity, complexity, and risk, we show that a nationally representative sample (n = 1874) of respondents made choices that were inconsistent across two complimentary methodsContinue reading “Do people disagree with themselves?”

Exploring landowners’ post-construction changes in perceptions of wind energy in Michigan

Researchers have suggested that residents’ acceptance of wind turbines follow a U-shaped curve over time, starting with generally positive attitudes about wind energy, dipping once a project is proposed, and then rebounding after construction. This research considers how residents’ perceptions of the benefits and negative impacts of wind turbines shift post-construction by surveying the sameContinue reading “Exploring landowners’ post-construction changes in perceptions of wind energy in Michigan”