Recent directions in behavioral geography: Agricultural decision making and climate change

Authors: Kurt Waldman*, Dept of Geography
Topics: Behavioral Geography, Agricultural Geography, Environment
Keywords: decision making, agriculture, psychology, climate change
Session Type: Virtual Paper
Day: 4/10/2021
Start / End Time: 1:30 PM / 2:45 PM
Room: Virtual 12
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Over the past two decades, researchers have lamented the loss of the subfield of behavioral geography (for example Argent and Walmsley, 2008; Gold, 2017). Having only more formally emerged as behavioral geography in 1969 (Cox and Golledge, 1969), it is relatively new and multi-disciplinary subfield with relevance across various topics in geography (Montello, 2013). While behavioral geography has struggled to maintain its coherence and trajectory as a field, various strands of work in geography and related fields have drawn on elements of the lineage, highlighting the more positive contributions of behavioral geography. This is particularly true of the growing body of literature that has coalesced around the theme of understanding decision making related to human-environment interactions largely at the intersection of agricultural decisions and climate change. Much of this work is rooted in behavioral geography but draws on elements of several disciplines and is most closely aligned with environmental psychology. This emerging body of work presents an opportunity to re-energize behavioral geography and fill a gap in our conceptualization of decision making, particularly as it pertains to environmental interactions and change. This body of work emphasizes contextual, in situ, empirical analysis of environmental decisions using both quantitative and qualitative methods. This presentation will review recent conceptual contributions around human -environment interactions and discuss possible future directions for the sub-field of behavioral geography as it pertains to agricultural decision making and climate change.

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