Behavior Interventions

While science can explain climate change and develop environment-friendly technology, addressing the social and behavior aspect of global environmental change is just as critical for understanding and solving such challenges. E²SHI supports research in understanding incentives, attitudes, decision-making in connection with climate change, the built environment, and energy, as well as natural resources management, sustainable agriculture practices, and diet. See below for a list of research projects led by E²SHI Associates and seed grant recipients.


Increasing clean cookstove usage

In many developing countries, traditional cookstoves are widely used for daily meal preparations. However, adoption rates low emission improved cookstoves (ICS) is less than 20% in developing countries and points to a critical need to understand underlying user preferences and hidden costs beyond health in the design and delivery of ICS. A team at the Bloomberg School of Public Health are obtaining the data needed to develop and test behavioral interventions to increase the ICS adoption rate in urban Kenya. Read more

Waste management in low-income communities

An interdisciplinary team are are investigating why waste accumulates in low-income urban areas in Baltimore and exploring a range of solutions. By looking at historical data, field studies and questionnaire studies, qualitative data, and city-wide data, the team is working with a variety of stakeholders to test and evaluate possible solutions that could be applied to low-income neighborhoods of Baltimore, and other low-income urban areas around the country. Learn more

Nearly all our present ecological problems arise from deep-seated social problems.
— Murray Bookchin