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Assistant Research Scientist and Faculty Fellow, Indiana University

As the Environmental Resilience Institute’s Midwestern/Indiana community studies fellow, Matthew Houser focuses on exploring the human side of environmental change. In his research, Houser is primarily interested in inaction. Throughout his work, he asks the question, what social and biophysical processes constrain humans' capacity to recognize and respond to environmental change? Houser specializes in exploring this question as it relates to natural resource users, specifically in the context of agriculture in the Midwestern United States. With the intention of developing resilience in Midwestern communities, natural ecosystems and managed ecosystems, Houser seeks to understand the barriers to human behavioral change and to develop effective policy in response to these barriers.


  • –present
    Assistant Research Scientist , Indiana University


  • 2018 
    Michigan State University , PhD