Timothy M. Waring

I study human culture and cooperation in relationship to the environment. In particular, I study how social norms, institutions and societies evolve, and how they are influenced by ecological and social forces. I strive to use this research to learn how to better build durable, sustainable and just institutions and societies. I use experimental economics and agent-based modeling to explore these connections, and work with lot of wonderful people.

Cooperation is a key component of fair and sustainable resource management. We therefore need to understand the forces that guide human cooperation.  My research has explored the dynamics of human cooperation in traditional irrigation systems in southern India, in university-citizen relationships, and in the laboratory.

Recent Posts

October 26, 2015 in Focus Articles

An Evolutionary Approach to Sustainability Science

Current ‘sustainability theory’ does not consider or include endogenous cultural dynamics. This is a big gap because we now know a great deal about the complex internal dynamics of human…
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