Global Lab Directors
Seth Tuler is an Associate Professor in the Department of Integrative and Global Studies Division, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, MA. He has been a co-director of the Global Lab since 2021, and is really enjoying it.
Seth’s research interests concern public participation, risk governance, and developing tools to characterize human impacts and vulnerabilities to risk events. His work on climate change adaptation has built on this work, by developing methods to support learning and inform decision makers in several NOAA funded projects. He was a co-creator of the Vulnerability, Consequences, and Adaptation Planning Scenarios (VCAPS) Process (www.vcapsforplanning.org). He seeks to apply insights emerging from research to practical applications and sharing of actionable in a wide range of policy arenas, including climate change adaptation planning, nuclear waste management, renewable energy facility siting, and clean-up of contaminated sites. At the moment Seth is spending most of his time thinking about how the US can find a way to safely manage its nuclear waste and about the implications of simultaneously meeting Massachusetts’ goals for energy, housing, food, open space protection, and climate resilience for land use and landscapes.