Joseph Árvai

Expert on how the public, business leaders, and policy makers think and make decisions about environmental issues and sustainability; this includes climate change, natural hazards like floods and forest fires, consumer products, etc.

Director, Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies

Dana and David Dornsife Professor of Psychology, USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences


  • Climate change
  • Energy
  • Forest and wildland fire
  • Endangered species
  • Crime
  • Terrorism
  • COVID-19 and pandemics
  • Environmental policy
  • Hurricanes and extreme weather
  • Flooding
  • Contaminated sites
  • Agriculture and food security
  • Fake news and misinformation
  • Risk perception and management
  • Carbon sequestration and carbon capture
  • Green consumer behavior

Additional Information

  • Additionally, he provides expertise in situations where people’s instinctive approach to judgment and decision-making — such as their perceptions of risk and benefit — is biased by unchecked emotions and motivated reasoning.
  • An internationally recognized leader in research on judgment and decision-making about sustainability and the environment.
  • Joe and his lab of post-doctoral researchers and graduate students, conduct experiments aimed at improving our understanding of how people intuitively make judgments and decisions about environmental issues and sustainability.
  • Joe’s lab also conducts R&D tools and approaches that can be used by consumers, policymakers, and business leaders to improve decision quality across a broad range of environmental, social, and economic contexts.
  • Advisor to the government, business, and NGOs.
  • A former member of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Chartered Science Advisory Board, and the U.S. National Academy of Sciences’ Board on Environmental Change and Society.
  • Advised CEOs, State and Provincial leaders, government agencies and their leaders, and presidential candidates.


  • English
  • Hungarian

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