Joanne Vining, PhD
Joanne Vining is a professor of environmental psychology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, and a senior resource social scientist with Resource Dimensions.
She established The Human Nature Research Laboratory in 1983 and has since lead its work.
has 25 years experience as an environmental psychologist and has conducted extensive applied research employing principles of psychology and sociology in assessing various resource policy issues.
current work focuses on emotional components of environmental cognition, the collection and interpretation of public input to environmental cognition, the collection and interpretation of public input to environmental management and policy decisions, social content analysis, and visual impact assessment.
project work covers a variety of topics including environmental decision-making, perception and construction of environmental quality, public involvement, conservation behavior, and human-animal interactions and has largely been dedicated to providing qualitative data analysis and related services to federal, state, and local resource management agencies.
works frequently with clients including the USDA Forest Service
, for whom she
has conducted and reviewed dozens of social assessment and content analysis projects.
has also conducted similar projects for agencies as the National Park Service, State Parks, Illinois Department of Energy and Natural Resources, and the State of Illinois Office of Solid Waste Research
Joanne also serves on the Advisory Board for a new nonprofit called HomePlanet Inc.
In addition to conducting environmental education and awareness campaigns, one of HomePlanet's activities will be to open the Arts Recovery Center in which we will collect materials that would otherwise go to a landfill and resell them to local artists and schools for creative projects.
Some of Dr. Vining's
recent projects include: