Assistant Research Scientist
PhD, Michigan State University (environmental science and policy)
MSc, University of British Columbia (ecology)
BS, Trent University (environmental and resource studies)
Victoria Campbell-Arvai, PhD, serves as an Assistant Research Scientist at SEAS. Her research uses field and laboratory experiments as well as interviews and focus groups in her research to understand the roles of knowledge, values, attitudes and beliefs as drivers of direct and indirect pro-environmental behaviors. She also works on individual and community engagement with environmental issues more broadly. Because positive environmental attitudes do not always lead to pro-environmental behaviors, she is additionally interested in the role of information provision and behavioral interventions to motivate and support behaviors that lead to positive environmental outcomes.
Campbell-Arvai's other research interests include the factors that influence the acceptability of behavioral interventions in a broad variety of pro-social and pro-environmental contexts; perceptions of the value of reconstructed and restored habitats; student engagement around environmental sustainability; and information provision and other interventions to improve efficacy, motivation and perceptions of control related to engagement with and knowledge of environmental issues.
The particular contexts that she works in include food, water, and energy systems urban biodiversity, and habitat management and conservation.
Bessette, D. L., Campbell-Arvai, V., and J.L. Arvai. 2015. Expanding the reach of participatory risk management: Testing an online decision-aiding framework for informing internally consistent choices. Risk Analysis 36(5):992-1005. DOI: 10.1111/risa.12481
Campbell-Arvai, V. and J. Arvai. 2015. The promise of asymmetric interventions for addressing risks to environmental systems. Environment, Systems and Decisions 35(4): 472-482. DOI 10.1007/s10669-015-9566-1
Campbell-Arvai, V. 2015. Food-related environmental beliefs and behaviours: A mixed-methods study. International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education 16(3): 279-295.
Campbell-Arvai, V., Arvai, J. and L. Kalof. 2014. Motivating sustainable food choices: The role of nudges, value orientation, and information provision. Environment & Behavior 46(4): 453-475.
Bessette, D. L., Arvai, J. L., and V. Campbell-Arvai. 2014. Decision support framework for developing regional energy strategies. Environmental Science & Technology 48: 1401-1408.