Douglas L. Bessette
Michigan State University
Decision support systemEnvironmental resource managementEconomicsManagement scienceSocial psychology
What is this?
Publications 13
#1Douglas L. Bessette (MSU: Michigan State University)H-Index: 6
#2Robyn S. Wilson (OSU: Ohio State University)H-Index: 18
view all 4 authors...
Weeds remain the most commonly cited concern of organic farmers. Without the benefit of synthetic herbicides, organic farmers must rely on a host of ecological weed management (EWM) practices to control weeds. Despite EWM's ability to improve soil quality, the perceived rate of integrated EWM strategy adoption remains low. This low adoption is likely a result of the complexity in designing and evaluating EWM strategies, the tendency for outreach to focus on the risks of EWM strategies rather tha...
#1Sarah Banas Mills (UM: University of Michigan)H-Index: 2
#2Douglas L. Bessette (MSU: Michigan State University)H-Index: 6
Last. Hannah Smith (UM: University of Michigan)H-Index: 1
view all 3 authors...
Abstract Researchers have suggested that residents’ acceptance of wind turbines follow a U-shaped curve over time, starting with generally positive attitudes about wind energy, dipping once a project is proposed, and then rebounding after construction. This research considers how residents’ perceptions of the benefits and negative impacts of wind turbines shift post-construction by surveying the same individuals (n = 520) at two time periods after a nearby wind project became operational. We fin...
1 CitationsSource
#1Douglas L. Bessette (MSU: Michigan State University)H-Index: 6
#2Robyn S. Wilson (OSU: Ohio State University)H-Index: 18
Last. Joseph Arvai (UM: University of Michigan)H-Index: 22
view all 3 authors...
AbstractIt is commonly accepted that people disagree with one another. In this article, we present results that suggest people may disagree with themselves. Using eight decision-making contexts ran...
2 CitationsSource
#1Douglas L. Bessette (MSU: Michigan State University)H-Index: 6
#2Joseph Arvai (UM: University of Michigan)H-Index: 22
Governments and privately-held utilities will have to drastically reduce their carbon emissions to mitigate climate change. Such reductions will require transitioning electrical infrastructure to rely on cleaner fuels and power-generation technologies. Despite the myriad factors influencing both the process and eventual outcome of these transitions, it is typically transitions' cost and individuals’ willingness to pay (WTP) for them that dominate both strategic planning and political discourse. ...
6 CitationsSource
#1Douglas L. Bessette (OSU: Ohio State University)H-Index: 6
#2Lauren A. Mayer (AN: RAND Corporation)H-Index: 6
Last. Nancy Tuana (PSU: Pennsylvania State University)H-Index: 19
view all 7 authors...
Individuals use values to frame their beliefs and simplify their understanding when confronted with complex and uncertain situations. The high complexity and deep uncertainty involved in climate risk management (CRM) lead to individuals’ values likely being coupled to and contributing to their understanding of specific climate risk factors and management strategies. Most mental model approaches, however, which are commonly used to inform our understanding of people's beliefs, ignore values. In...
11 CitationsSource
#1Sarah Zwickle (OSU: Ohio State University)H-Index: 4
#2Robyn S. Wilson (OSU: Ohio State University)H-Index: 18
Last. Douglas J. Doohan (OSU: Ohio State University)H-Index: 16
view all 5 authors...
ABSTRACTWe used the mental models research method to generate a conceptual map of how Midwest farmers use knowledge, experience, and individual perceptions of weed-related risk to make weed management decisions. We discovered that Midwest farmer knowledge of ecological weed management practices is robust, and that the difficult tradeoffs farmers make regarding cultivation, cover crops, and soil health determine what weed management practices they use. Midwest farmers balance the risks of cultiva...
4 CitationsSource
#1Douglas L. Bessette (PSU: Pennsylvania State University)H-Index: 6
#2Victoria Campbell-Arvai (UM: University of Michigan)H-Index: 6
Last. Joseph Arvai (UM: University of Michigan)H-Index: 22
view all 3 authors...
This article presents research aimed at developing and testing an online, multistakeholder decision-aiding framework for informing multiattribute risk management choices associated with energy development and climate change. The framework was designed to provide necessary background information and facilitate internally consistent choices, or choices that are in line with users' prioritized objectives. In order to test different components of the decision-aiding framework, a six-part, 2 × 2 × 2 ...
15 CitationsSource
#1Lisa Kenney (U of C: University of Calgary)H-Index: 3
#2Douglas L. Bessette (U of C: University of Calgary)H-Index: 6
Last. Joseph Arvai (U of C: University of Calgary)H-Index: 22
view all 3 authors...
Decisions about energy in developing communities are challenging from a technical standpoint, and because of the unique characteristics that typify them, e.g. limited infrastructure and government budgets, complex social and political arrangements, and economic vulnerability. Against the backdrop of these challenges, the government of Canada's Northwest Territories (NWT) is attempting to reform the region's energy system. This paper provides insights from the decision sciences, stemming from our...
7 CitationsSource