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Karen Akerlof

Assistant Professor, Environmental Science and Policy Department
George Mason University
Participates in 2 items
Karen Akerlof is an assistant professor in George Mason University’s Department of Environmental Science and Policy. Her research focuses on the intersection between governance and science and risk communication. She explores this nexus across three areas of study: 1) communication of science with policymakers; 2) public participation in decision-making; and 3) the use of social science within government programs. She leads an environmental science communication concentration within the department’s master’s program and teaches courses on this topic as well as evidence-informed policymaking.

Sessions in which Karen Akerlof participates

Wednesday 2 June, 2021

Time Zone: (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)
9:25 AM
9:29 AM EDT - 9:30 AM EDT | 1 minute
2:30 PM
2:30 PM EDT - 3:45 PM EDT | 1 hour 15 minutes

In 2008, the authors of a famous Science article proclaimed that climate change had rendered a fundamental societal assumption, that of ecological stationarity, to be “dead.” But adaptation to environmental change is not a new problem for our species. Indeed, some of the defining evolutionary moments of our species may have been times of environmental change. This talk will explore some of the pathways by which humans recognize and act on risks using case examples and other studies o...