Improving our Understanding of Global Change
Every day, we make decisions based on incomplete knowledge. We may think we are being rational, but often our decisions are influenced more by emotion than by reason. We also change our minds regularly about what we want and what we are prepared to give up to achieve it.
How we make decisions doesn’t only have a profound impact on our own daily lives—it also shapes how we interact with nature. In fact, it determines how we respond to the complex challenges facing nature and society today—everything from how to manage climate change to how to respond to more immediate crises, such as the Ebola epidemic.
As Canada Research Chair in Integrated Assessment of Global Change, Dr. Hadi Dowlatabadi wants to shed light on how we create, identify and cope with these challenges.
Dowlatabadi and his research team are identifying ways to chart more sensible paths towards a sustainable future. They are searching for answers to key questions facing our world today, such as: How do we make the transition to renewable energy? How can we best address the needs of the poor when politicians favour market forces to advance public policy objectives? What are the long-term social and environmental impacts of large-scale development?
Ultimately, Dowlatabadi’s goal is develop tools that will improve public policy when it comes to sustainability, especially when many of the decisions we are making today are based on incomplete knowledge.