Role in MILES:
Vicken studies behavioral and institutional change in environmental settings. Particularly, he is interested in the transmission of information among individuals via social learning, how social learning shapes individual behavior, how behaviors scale up to create institutions and environmental outcomes, and how institutions and the environment constrain behavior. Vicken uses computational models, behavioral experiments, and quantitative observational studies in the field to examine these issues.
Vicken Hillis is an assistant professor in the Human-Environment Systems Center at Boise State University. Previously, he was a postdoctoral researcher in the Center for Environmental Policy and Behavior in the department of Environmental Science and Policy at the University of California, Davis, and a visiting researcher in the Center for Behavior, Institutions and Environment in the School of Sustainability at Arizona State University.