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Joe Árvai

Faculty Director, Erb Institute | Business for Sustainability,
Max McGraw Professor of Sustainable Enterprise

University of Michigan: Ross School of Business; School for Environment and Sustainability



Joe Árvai is the Max McGraw Professor of Sustainable Enterprise in the School for Environment & Sustainability, and in the Ross School of Business, at the University of Michigan. In addition to his position at the U-M, Joe is 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.

Joe’s work has two main areas of emphasis: First, his research is focused on advancing our understanding of how people process information and make decisions, with a specific emphasis on how people make tradeoffs.  Second, Joe develops and tests decision-support tools and approaches that can be used by people to improve decision quality across a wide range of environmental, social, and economic contexts. His research is applied, and accounts for decision-making by a broad spectrum of public and stakeholder groups, as well as by technical experts, business leaders, and policy makers.  His work also focuses on choices made by people individually, and when working in groups.  Likewise, he conducts research across a wide range of contexts, ranging from environmental risk management, to consumer choice and policy-making.  In addition to Joe’s academic work, he is a former member of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Chartered Science Advisory Board, and is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences’ Board on Environmental Change and Society.