Joe Arvai

Joe Arvai

Director, Erb Institute; Max McGraw Professor of Sustainable Enterprise
Biography

Joe Árvai is the Max McGraw Professor of Sustainable Enterprise in the School for Environment & Sustainability, and in the Ross School of Business, at the University of Michigan. In addition to his position at the U-M, Joe is a Senior Researcher at the Decision Science Research Institute in Eugene, OR, and he is an Adjunct Professor in Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA.

Joe’s work has two main areas of emphasis: First, his research is focused on advancing our understanding of how people process information and make decisions, with a specific emphasis on how people make tradeoffs.  Second, Joe develops and tests decision-support 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.