Raymond De Young

Associate Professor

Education: 

PhD, University of Michigan

MS, Stevens Institute of Technology

BS, Stevens Institute of Technology

Phone: 
(734) 763-3129
Office: 
2034a Dana

About: 

Raymond De Young, PhD, is a broadly trained psychologist, planner, and engineer. He serves as an Associate Professor of Environmental Psychology and Planning at SEAS, an Associate Professor in the Program in the Environment (PitE), a Faculty Associate at the Matthaei Botanical Gardens & Nichols Arboretum, and a Faculty Affiliate for the Graham Sustainability Institute. His general research focus is on the process of re-localization, a response to emerging biophysical limits and the consequences of having disrupted the Earth's ecosystems. De Young applies conservation and environmental psychology principles to the challenge of helping people to envision and adopt pragmatic behavioral responses that support an urgent transition to a life lived within local resource limits.

His current work includes both theoretical and empirical research on (1) helping people to pre-familiarize themselves with the behavioral apsects of the coming resource downshift, (2) motivating environmental stewardship and voluntary simplicity using intrinsic motivation and innate satisfactions and (3) using nature to restore the mental vitality needed for responding to and coping with the lean and difficult yet exciting times ahead. Two current projects include examining the psychological foundations of behavioral aesthetics and behavioral entrepreneurship.

Research: 

Selected student-involved research projects:

  • Current: Psychological and organizational principles of a new model for selling locally grown food.

  • 2018: Food Loose: Stories and tours through Washtenaw County's local food system.
  • 2018: Assessing psychological well-being outcomes from involvement in planned, agriculturally-based sustainable communities.

  • 2018: How communities can psychologically thrive while responding to climate disruption and emerging resource limits.

  • 2017: Living well and living green: Participant conceptualizations of green citizenship.

  • 2017: Community-based resource sharing: Motivations and spillover effects.

  • 2017: The Farm at St. Joe’s: Growing healthy and resilient communities.

  • 2016: Sustainable food systems at the University of Michigan.

  • 2016: The Farm at St. Joe’s education program evaluation.

  • 2015: Evaluating a farm-based nutrition and health educational program.

  • 2014: Transition Times: YouTube/VideoScribe localization cases.

  • 2012: Urgent transitions: Responding to emerging biophysical limits.

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