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I examine the social-psychological variables of water decisions and governance within a context of climate change, flooding and drought. Water is essential to our existence – ecological, biological and cultural – and our ability to ‘solve’ water problems is a litmus test for our capacity to address other environmental challenges.
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Research Themes

Education

Efficiency

Emotion

Gender

Sample Publications

“Mortality awareness and water decisions: a social psychological analysis of supply-management, demand management
and soft-path paradigms”
Water International

“Life after death: evidence of the Hoover Dam as a hero project that defends against mortality reminders” Water History

“Sounding the water alarm will backfire thanks to human nature” The Globe and Mail

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Cemeteries, lawnmowers, and mortality awareness

June 4th, 2017|

Living beside a cemetery is never boring and, contrary to the jokes, it isn't quiet. There are laughing kids walking to school, old married couples bickering, yappy dogs harassing squirrels and teenagers – on dark [...]

A Tale of Two Speeches

May 31st, 2017|

My husband and I both have research talks to deliver tomorrow morning. He got up this morning, finished his slides, kissed the kids good-bye and was picked up early by airport transfer so he'd arrive [...]