Director, USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies
Dana and David Dornsife Chair and Professor of Psychology
Professor of Biological Sciences
Office Location: University Park Campus (CAS 200)
Dr. Joe Árvai is the Dana and David Dornsife Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychology, and he is the Director of the Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies at the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences at the University of Southern California.
In advance of this agenda, Joe and his lab of post-doctoral scholars and graduate students conduct research aimed at improving our understanding of how people intuitively make judgments and decisions about, primarily, environmental issues and sustainability. They couple this research with the development and testing of tools and approaches that can be used by people to improve decision quality across a broad range of environmental, social, and economic contexts. Decision quality, in this case, is measured by the degree to which people’s values and objectives align with their ultimate judgments and choices.
All of this research conducted in Joe’s lab is applied, and accounts for judgment and decision-making by a broad spectrum of public and stakeholder groups, as well as by technical experts, business leaders, and policy-makers. Likewise, Joe and his group conduct research across a wide range of contexts, ranging from environmental risk management to consumer choice and policy-making.
In addition to Joe’s work at USC, he is a frequent advisor to government, business, and NGOs. He is a former member of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Chartered Science Advisory Board, and the U.S. National Academy of Sciences’ Board on Environmental Change and Society. He is also a Senior Researcher at the Decision Science Research Institute in Eugene, OR, and he is an Adjunct Professor in Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA.
In his spare time, Joe likes to make photographs, ride motorcycles, and climb mountains.
- Siegrist, M., Arvai, J. (2020). Risk Perception: Reflections on 40 Years of Research. Risk Analysis. Vol. In press
- Arvai, J., Segrè Cohen, A., Love, N. G., Nace, K. K., Árvai, J. (2020). Consumers’ acceptance of agricultural fertilizers derived from diverted and recycled human urine. Environmental Science & Technology. Vol. 54 (8), pp. 5297-5305.
- Goto Gray, S., Sütterlin, B., Siegirst, M., Arvai, J. (2020). The benefit of virtue signaling: Corporate sleight-of-hand positively influences consumers’ judgments about “social license to operate”. Journal of Environmental Management. Vol. In press
- Arvai, J., Drummond, C., Siegrist, M., Árvai, J. (2020). Limited effects of exposure to fake news about climate change. Environmental Research Communications. Vol. 2 (8), pp. 081003.
- Drummond, C., Gray, S. G., Raimi, K. T., Wilson, R., Arvai, J. (2020). Public perceptions of federal science advisory boards depend on their composition. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Vol. 117 (37), pp. 22668.
- Bessette, D., Wilson, R., Arvai, J. (2020). Do people disagree with themselves? Exploring the internal consistency of complex, unfamiliar, and risky decisions. Journal of Risk Research. Vol. In press.
- Arvai, J., Gregory, R. (2020). Beyond choice architecture: A building code for structuring climate risk management decisions. Behavioral Public Policy. Vol. In press.
- Arvai, J., Gray, S. G., Raimi, K. T., Wilson, R., Drummond, C. (2020). Industry-dominated science advisory boards are perceived to be legitimate…but only when they recommend more stringent risk management policies. Risk Analysis. Vol. In press
- Arvai, J., Lutzke, L., Drummond, C., Slovic, P., Árvai, J. (2019). Priming critical thinking: Simple interventions limit the influence of fake news about climate change on Facebook. Global Environmental Change. Vol. 58, pp. 101964.
- Arvai, J., Gray, S. G., Raimi, K. T., Wilson, R., Árvai, J. (2019). Will Millennials save the world? The effect of age and generational differences on environmental concern. Journal of Environmental Management. Vol. 242, pp. 394-402.