Laura McCann is interested in behavioral development economics, including the decision-making processes of natural resource managers. In particular, Laura’s focus is on the psychological and social means by which individualsmanage scarcity and promote mindset changes towards climate change. She is studying the impact of decentralization of decision-making from the international or national level to the regional and local level.
Prior to enrolling in the MDP, Laura studied environmental sciences, including soil and water science, and conducted small research projects on ecotourism and LEED certification in Russia. As an undergraduate, she interned working on farmers markets, sustainability workshops, and energy efficiency and recycling practices. Subsequently, she worked for Chicago Cares, a hub for promoting volunteerism and service enterprise, carrying out data management and analysis, as well as monitoring and evaluation.