Interdisciplinary and Global Studies

Contact Information

Office:
Project Center, 211A
Phone: +1-508-831-6444
stuler@wpi.edu

Seth P. Tuler

Seth Tuler is an adjunct associate professor in the Interdisciplinary and Global Studies Division and the Environmental Studies Program. He regularly teaches the course offered to prepare students for their off-campus Interactive Qualifying Projects and a variety of courses in environmental studies. He has designed a new course on environmental and risk communication. He enjoys teaching and advising on projects, as a way of sharing his curiosity with students about the ways that people are impacted by different technological and natural systems.

A theme of much of his research involves ways to improve the management of environmental risks. His research interests have been concerned with public participation, risk communication, long-term stewardship of contaminated sites, and developing tools to characterize human impacts and vulnerabilities to risk events. He seeks to apply insights emerging from research to practical applications in a wide range of policy arenas and helping students understand how they can become more engaged in policy making, including climate change adaptation planning, marine fisheries management, public health, cleanup of contaminated sites, and marine oil spill response.

Seth is also co-director of the Bangkok Project Center. He has advised projects in Bangkok, and more recently has developed collaborative research projects with Thai colleagues. He is still working to learn to speak, read, and write Thai. In the U.S., Seth helped develop and test a process to help local decision makers construct scenarios of climate change impacts, vulnerabilities, and adaptation in coastal communities, which has been applied in the Carolinas and Massachusetts.

Research Interests

  • Hazard Management
  • Social Impact Assessment
  • Fisheries Management
  • Long-term Stewardship of Contaminated Sites
  • Public Participation

Education

  • BA, University of Chicago, 1984
  • MS, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1987
  • PhD, Clark University, 1996

Featured Publications

  • Tuler, S., and Webler T. 2010. "How preferences for public participation are linked to perceptions of the context, preferences for outcomes, and individual characteristics," Environmental Management 46(2):254-267.
  • Rosa, Eugene A., Tuler, S. P., Fischhoff, B., Webler, T., Friedman, S. M., Sclove, R. E., Shrader-Frechette, K., English, M. R., Kasperson, R. E., Goble, R. L., Leschine, T. M., Freudenburg, W., Chess, C., Perrow, C., Erikson, K., and Short, J. F. 2010. "Nuclear waste: Knowledge waste?" Science 329(5993):762–763.,Tuler, S. and Webler, T. 2009. Comparing stakeholders’ objectives for oil spill contingency planning and response: A Q study of four regions, Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management 17(2):95-107.
  • Webler, T. and Tuler, S. 2010. "Engineering is not enough: Researching the human dimensions of the new energy technologies," Energy Policy 38:2690–2691.
  • Tuler, S. 2007. "Institutional preferences for justice, avoiding harm, and expertise in public health policy making about the health consequences of iodine-131 nuclear weapons testing fallout." S. Quigley, A. Lowman, S. Wing (eds.), Ethics of research on health impacts of nuclear weapons activities in the United States. Report from the Collaborative Initiative for Research Ethics and Environmental Health (CIREEH). Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University.

Professional Highlights

  • Fulbright Scholarship in Thailand, 2008–09
  • National Academy of Sciences Committee on Transportation of High-level Radioactive Waste and Spent Nuclear Fuel, member (2003–06)
 
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