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Doug Bessette

Doug Bessette

Postdoctoral Scholar

University Park , PA 16802


As a Post-doctoral Fellow in the Rock Ethics Institute, Doug Bessette engages in the coupled ethical-epistemic analysis of climate risk management strategies and models and their development.  Doug earned a BA in Economics and English from the University of Michigan, a MSc in Natural Resource Studies from Michigan State University and a PhD in Geography from the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada.  His dissertation research focused on using decision aids to engage members of the public in developing their own sustainable regional energy strategies.  His current research involves interviewing stakeholders in New Orleans and using “values-informed mental models,” which derive from those interviews, to construct decision aids to manage flood and climate risk management in New Orleans.  Doug’s work has been published in Environmental Science & Technology, Risk Analysis and the Journal of Environmental Planning and Management.