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Tim Waring
Office: 200 Winslow Hall
Phone: (207) 581-3157

Director: UMaine Experimental Economics Laboratory

Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Human Ecology, University of California, Davis
B.S., Biology, Haverford College

Research Areas

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Sustainability, Cultural Evolution, Human Culture and Cooperation

Curriculum Vitae (2013)


I am an evolutionary ecologist who studies human culture and cooperation in relationship to the environment. I focus on empirical and theoretical approaches to the relationship between human cooperation regimes and social and environmental sustainability. I use experimental economics, agent based modeling, and ethnographic methods to explore these connections.  More specifically, I study the evolution of culture to better understand how norms, traditions, and societies evolve, and how they are influenced by ecological forces in order to learn how to better build durable, sustainable and just institutions.

I assert that cooperation is necessary for meaningful sustainable resource management.  If so, we need to understand the forces that guide human cooperation to achieve sustainable societies.  Culture and cultural forces create the identities and patterns of meaning which control trust and cooperation between people and groups, and thus culture lies at the heart of economic and ecological outcomes.  I use a range of methods, from ethnography and surveys, to quantitative experimental games to measure cooperative behavior, and the economic, institutional and cultural factors that control it.



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School of Economics
5782 Winslow Hall, Room 206
Orono, ME 04469
Phone: (207) 581-3154 | Fax: (207) 581-4278E-mail:
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Orono, Maine 04469
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