Brayton Noll is a PhD researcher at the Department of Multi Actor Systems, Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management, at the Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands. He holds an MSc in Environmental Science, Policy and Management from the University of Lund, Central European University and the University of Aegean, enabled by his successful Erasmus Plus Fellowship. He hails from the Bay Area in California, but completed his bachelor studies in Oregon; where he initially developed his interest in socio-ecological system dynamics. His current work builds on this passion by exploring the dynamic aspects of individual climate change adaptation and resilience in the context of complex systems.
Brayton is a key player within the ERC-SCALAR team on “Scaling up behavior and autonomous adaptation for macro models of climate change damage assessment”. In the Center for Social Complexity of Climate Change Brayton’s focus is on researching heterogenous individual behavior, especially as it pertains to climate change. In his PhD Brayton focuses on designing and implementing a two-and-a-half year, international, longitudinal survey that tracks household adaptation decisions over time in four different countries. With the help of these multi-wave cross-country surveys Brayton aims to reveal generic behavioral factors affecting individual risk perceptions, social influences, cross cultural differences, and explore their relationships with self-reported damages and resilience. It will help him to analyze human behavior in the context of their respective environments to understand the consequences for general societal resilience.
Brayton enjoys climbing mountains, reading, and running. He also likes alternatives to capitalism, trying new food, drinking beers with friends, and eating Alessandro’s mediterranean cooking.