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The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Ezra Markowitz

Affiliated Investigator
Assistant Professor of Environmental Decision-Making
UMass Amherst

Research Interests

I’m interested in uncovering the underlying psychological, social and contextual factors that influence individual and collective environmental decision-making. Understanding what drives the conservation- and sustainability-related actions people take can help inform strategies, programs, interventions and policies designed to improve both environmental conservation and human well-being. I primarily use methods and theory from the behavioral and communication sciences to reveal how individuals and communities make environmentally-relevant decisions, often in the face of conflicting priorities and significant tradeoffs. My research, teaching and practice all aim to develop and highlight the insights that behavioral science has to offer in promoting positive environmental and societal outcomes.



Ph.D.: Environmental Sciences, Studies & Policy, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR, 2012
M.S.: Psychology, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 2008
B.A.: Psychology, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY, 2007