Navigating Complex Trade-offs:
Finding the Sweet Spot between Oversimplification and Paralysis
With Paul Hirsch, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies at SUNY ESF
When: Thursday, Sept. 19, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Where: 400 Eggers Hall
Pizza will be served
In this conversation, Dr. Hirsch will discuss the advantages and possible disadvantages of approaching certain kinds of collaborative decision problems as complex trade-offs. In doing so, he will provoke a discussion, and offer some ideas, on the most appropriate ways to approach complex trade-off problems so as to increase the chances that people can collaborate on them effectively across disciplines and perspectives. He will draw on issues relating to energy, economics, and the environment. Participants in the conversation are welcome to bring their own policy issues and explore how these ideas apply.
About the Presenter
Paul Hirsch is Assistant Professor in the Environmental Studies department at SUNY ESF. Additionally, he serves as Environmental Conflict and Collaboration Research Director at PARCC. His research focuses on the intersection of science, politics, and values in environmental problem solving. His most recent publication (with co-authors) is "Navigating Complex Trade-offs in Conservation and Development: An Integrative Framework" (Hirsch, P. D. et al. 2013. Issues in Interdisciplinary Studies31).