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School of Environment and Natural Resources


Funding awarded to study trust in food, energy, and water consumption feedback

Dec. 11, 2017

Congratulations to Ian Adams, a first year M.S. student in the School of Environment and Natural Resources (SENR) with a specialization in Environmental Social Sciences, who was awarded funding through the Decision Sciences Collaborative small grants program at The Ohio State University.

Adams will use the grant funding to support his thesis research on the role of trust in feedback’s translation to pro-environmental food-energy-water consumption. His research centers on the use of psychological processes to understand what happens between reception of feedback messages on resource consumption and behavior change. Adams’ research will shed light on the mechanisms through which feedback operates and help to develop and prioritize interventions to increase the sustainability of food-energy-water systems.

Adams is advised by Nicole Sintov, an assistant professor of behavior, decision making and sustainability, who is also with the SENR.

About Ian Adams:  Ian holds a B.S. in Marketing from The Ohio State University. During his undergraduate career, Ian worked with the aluminum engineering company, Arconic, to create pro-environmental messages regarding the use of aluminum in automotive manufacturing. Additionally, he has explored public perception and adoption of using composted human waste in American agriculture.