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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

“Terror Management Theory and mortality awareness: A missing link in climate response studies?” WIREs Climate Change

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

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

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Reawakening Awe

October 16th, 2018|

Ancient societies tended to view water with sacred respect. The Industrial Revolution flattened this view, seeing water as merely a component of manufacturing. The result was ecological chaos. (Post 1/2)

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 [...]

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