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About Timothy M Waring

I am an evolutionary ecologist who studies human culture and cooperation in relationship to the environment. I propose that cooperation is required for meaningful environmental sustainability. But cooperation between people and groups responds to cultural forces that create and sustain patterns of identity and meaning. Culture therefore lies at the heart of economic and ecological outcomes. I study how social norms, traditions, institutions and societies evolve, and how they are influenced by ecological forces in order to learn how to better build durable, sustainable and just institutions. I use experimental economics and agent-based modeling to explore these connections, and work with lot of wonderful people.


Present Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions, University of Maine Senator George J. Mitchell Center and Maine's Sustainability Solutions Initiative
Present School of Economics, University of Maine School of Economics
Present Assistant Professor of Social-Ecological Systems Modeling, University of Maine School of Economics