Research

Exploring the Relationships Between Society and Technology

The best word to describe the research conducted by the Social Policy & Sustainability department is diverse. Whether they are seeking solutions for a broad range of societal challenges—from economic recession to underperforming schools to international conflict and beyond—SSPS researchers examine a wide variety of perspectives. That’s why they take an interdisciplinary approach to problem solving, while staying focused on society and technology and observing how they coexist.


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An Innovative Approach to Sustainable Development

Professor Robert Krueger describes his approach to urban development and sustainability and his efforts to engage WPI undergraduates in his research.

Human-Subject Research Provides Valuable Insight

Some of the critical research under way in our SSPS labs includes studying the effects of subtle social environmental cues on perception, decision making, and interpersonal conduct. Other efforts involving human subjects examine gameplay and focus group evaluation.

 
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  • ess-doyle-profile

    Faculty Profile

    Name: James Kevin Doyle
    Department: Social Science & Policy Studies
    Title: Department Head and Associate Professor

    Professor Doyle's research and teaching interests include applied social and cognitive psychology; system dynamics; and judgment and decision making.

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    Faculty Profile

    Name: Janice Gobert
    Department: Social Science & Policy Studies
    Title: Associate Professor

    Professor Gobert and her team are working towards developing an intelligent tutoring system that will assess students and tutor them in real time as they learn science.

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    Faculty Profile

    Name: Melissa-Sue John
    Department: Social Science & Policy Studies
    Title: Assistant Professor

    Professor John’s teaching philosophy is that students learn best when they are engaged, believe the professor genuinely cares for them, and when the material is relevant.

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    Faculty Profile

    Name: Oleg V. Pavlov
    Department: Social Science & Policy Studies
    Title: Associate Professor

    Professor Pavlov’s research examines the interests of stakeholders and takes a system-wide view that combines relevant technological, psychological, social, and economic factors.

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    Faculty Profile

    Name: Michael Radzicki
    Department: Social Science & Policy Studies
    Title: Associate Professor

    In 1990 Professor Radzicki created WPI’s program in system dynamics and most recently he and Professor Hossein Hakim created WPI's program in trading system development.

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    Faculty Profile

    Name: Jeanine Skorinko
    Department: Social Science & Policy Studies
    Title: Assistant Professor

    Professor Skorinko’s research program attempts to understand how factors in our social environment, especially those we are unaware of, influence decisions and interpersonal interactions.

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    Faculty Profile

    Name: Alexander D. Smith
    Department: Social Science & Policy Studies
    Title: Assistant Professor

    Professor Smith is especially interested in learning how behavior relates to beliefs about the actions of others and how psychology can be used for promoting pro-social behavior.

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    Faculty Profile

    Name: John McCamy Wilkes
    Department: Society, Technology & Policy
    Title: Associate Professor

    Professor Wilkes applies work drawn from creativity and personality research in psychology to the questions of scientific accomplishment at the individual, team, and disciplinary level.

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