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ICTA-UAB researcher Victoria Reyes-García receives an ERC Consolidator Grant

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Green gentrification can limit the favourable effects of green areas on health

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EJAtlas Includes 2,100 Case Studies on Socio-Environmental Conflicts Around the World

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Ice age thermostat prevented extreme climate cooling

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SEMINAR - "Applying Cultural Evolution framework to analysis of Degrowth proposals", by Karl Frost

Date: 2017-05-30

Title: "Applying Cultural Evolution framework to analysis of Degrowth proposals"

Presenter: Karl Frost, University of California, Davis.
Moderator: Giorgos Kallis, ICTA-UAB

Date: Tuesday, 30th  May 2017
Time: 10.00 - 12.30 h 
Venue: Room Z/033 ICTA-UAB

Cultural Evolution (and the allied field of Diffusion of Innovation) is the study of the social transmission of behaviors and beliefs over time via copying, teaching, media consumption, etc. Conventional policy analysis is often framed by a question like “If everyone followed a set of rules, X, what would the results be compared to the status quo”.   Cultural Evolution looks at how behaviors diffuse over time through a population and, importantly, how the population of alternate behaviors interact and compete for transmission and retention. Such an analysis can give a more realistic view of behavioral change and its impacts. Rather than a magic bullet which supplies answers, such framing can often serve to point out important questions we should be asking as we propose policies or behavioral change.

I would like this seminar/workshop to be interactive. I will introduce cultural evolution and diffusion of innovation and how they can be applied to policy analysis.  From here, we will take individual proposals from Degrowth conversations and brainstorm application of cultural evolution to see what questions arise.  Depending on group size, we will either do this together or in small groups so that we can all have more time to creatively participate in brainstorming.
Karl Frost has a PhD in ecology (emphasis human ecology) from the University of California, Davis. There, he was part of the Cultural Evolution Lab, studying the dynamics of social transmission of behavior and beliefs.  His dissertation work used multiple methods to explore how physical practices affect cooperation and altruism, including formal behavioral experiments, analytic models and computer simulation of cultural evolution, and qualitative field research in the context of direct action activism in support of First Nations decolonization and land defense struggles. A current interest in cultural evolution is studying the impacts of social media use on political polarization and identity formation. He is currently a visiting postdoc at ICTA-UAB, working with Giorgos Kallis, writing on the parallels between First Nations sovereignty fights and Degrowth struggles.

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