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 to understand the roles of knowledge, values, attitudes and beliefs as drivers of direct and indirect pro-environmental behaviors. She also works to improve individual and community engagement on environmental and social issues, and to use insights from judgement and decision-making research to support these participatory processes. 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 green infrastructure, and habitat management and conservation.
- Wolske, K.S., K.T. Raimi, P.S. Hart and V. Campbell-Arvai. 2019. Public support for carbon dioxide removal strategies: The role of tampering with nature.Climatic Change
- Campbell-Arvai, V. 2019. Visits from the ghost of disturbance past: Information about past disturbance influences lay judgments of ecosystems.Journal of Environmental Management 232: 438-444.
- Campbell-Arvai, V. 2018. Engaging urban nature: improving our understanding of public perceptions of the role of urban biodiversity. Urban Ecosystems.
- Campbell-Arvai, V., P.S. Hart, K.T. Raimi, and K.S. Wolske. 2017. The influence of learning about carbon dioxide removal (CDR) on support for mitigation policies. Climatic Change 143(3-4): 321-336.
- Bessette, D. L., V. Campbell-Arvai, & J.L. Arvai. 2016. Expanding the reach of participatory risk management: Testing an online decision-aiding framework for informing internally consistent choices. Risk Analysis 36(5):992-1005.
- 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., J. Arvai & L. Kalof. 2014. Motivating sustainable food choices: The role of nudges, value orientation, and information provision. Environment & Behavior 46(4): 453-475.