Matthew Houser is a Midwestern/Indiana community studies fellow at Indiana University’s Environmental Resilience Institute. His research is driven by the desire to understand what motivates human behaviors affecting the environment and how information is received and used to shape environmental decision making.
Focusing on agriculture, he examines how people respond to climate change in Indiana and beyond while working to identify environmental policies that would benefit Indiana and be supported by residents. His primary goal at the Environmental Resilience Institute is to identify environmental policies that would benefit the state and be readily supported by its residents.
Areas of Expertise
Climate change, agriculture, Midwest, public opinion on climate change, environmental decision-making.
Environmental Resilience Institute: https://eri.iu.edu/index.html “Many Midwesterners will likely never believe in climate change. Here’s how to encourage them to act anyway”: https://theconversation.com/many-midwesterners-will-likely-never-believe-in-climate-change-heres-how-to-encourage-them-to-act-anyway-105199 “Addressing Climate Change Through Degrowth: It May Be Less Contentious Than You Think”: https://www.commondreams.org/views/2018/11/30/addressing-climate-change-through-degrowth-it-may-be-less-contentious-you-think “The Impact of Climate Change on Indiana”: https://indianapublicmedia.org/noonedition/impact-climate-change-indiana/