Joe Arvai

Max McGraw Professor of Sustainable Enterprise; Director, Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise


PhD, University of British Columbia (risk and decision sciences)

MS, University of British Columbia (oceanography)

BS, University of British Columbia (ecology) 

(734) 647-3891


Joe Arvai, PhD, is the Max McGraw Professor of Sustainable Enterprise at the School for Environment and Sustainability, and the Ross School of Business. He is also the Director of the Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise.  Joe is an internationally recognized expert in the risk and decisions sciences; his research has two main areas of emphasis: First,  Joe and his research group conduct experiments focused on advancing our understanding of how people process information and make decisions, with a specific emphasis on how people make tradeoffs. Second, Joe and his team conduct research focused on developing and testing decision-aiding tools and approaches that can be used by people to improve decision quality across a wide range of environmental, social, and economic contexts.  His research is applied, and accounts for decision-making by a broad spectrum of public and stakeholder groups, as well as by technical experts, business leaders, and policy makers.  His work also focuses on choices made by people individually, and when working in groups.  Likewise, he conducts his research across a wide range of contexts, ranging from environmental risk management, to consumer choice and policy-making.  Joe is a former member of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Chartered Science Advisory Board, and he is a current member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences' Board on Environmental Change and Society.

  • Decision support for improved environmental policy. 

  • How elicitation methods influence preferences and preference orders: Implications for personal and policy decisions.   

  • Fake news and the environment: Diagnosing the problem and prescribing a treatment.

  • Intergenerational responses to environmental losses: Will millennials save the day?

  • Public perceptiions of science advisors to government agencies.

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Member, U.S. National Academy of Sciences' Board on Environmental Change and Society

Advisory Board Member, Corporate Eco Forum