This course is built around the argument that ‘environmental problems’ do not exist; they are in fact human behavior problems. Thus, if we want to craft effective solutions to issues such as ocean acidification, air pollution, and our damaged climate, we must start with the human behaviors that lead to them. We cover psychological principles, theories, and methods and explore the complex web of factors underlying our behavioral choices.
Bachelor’s degree in Human Factors Engineering from Tufts University and a Ph.D. in Cognitive and Biological Psychology from the University of Minnesota. Dr. Christie Manning teaches in the department of Environmental Studies at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. Christie’s research explores how people perceive and respond to climate change. Her recent co-authored publications include a 2018 edited volume, Psychology and Climate Change and a 2017 review article in the journal Science, “Beyond the roots of human inaction: Fostering collective effort toward ecosystem conservation.” In her personal life, Christie likes to walk, learn about trees, ride her bike, and spend time with her two favorite climate activists – her teenage daughters. Visiting Faculty at DIS, fall 2020.