A behavioural perspective on decisions around land use: on social influence, risk, and collective action



Andrea's current research is focused on developing a behavioural understanding of questions around sustainable land use and farming, and trade-offs between food security, climate, and biodiversity goals. In particular, the project uses insights from the psychological and behavioural sciences to explore farmer-level decisions, decision-making under risk, social, and institutional influences, and how policy interventions can be better targeted to accommodate these trade-offs and interdependencies. The project uses a combination of laboratory and field experiments as well as qualitative methods. Andrea’s research is supervised by Dr Mark Hirons and Dr Stefania Innocenti, and is done in collaboration with the Norwegian Institute for Bioeconomy.

Before moving to Oxford, Andrea worked as an advisor at the Norwegian Environment Agency. She holds a Master of Science in Resources, Environment and Sustainability from the University of British Columbia, and a double Bachelor of Arts in Geography and Psychology from the University of Melbourne.

Current Research