David J. Yu joins Purdue on a joint appointment as an assistant professor in the Lyles School of Civil Engineering and the Department of Political Science. He is also part of Purdue’s Building Sustainable Communities initiative. David received his B.ASc. in Engineering Science at the Simon Fraser University and his M.P.P at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore. He obtained his Ph.D. in Sustainability at the School of Sustainability, Arizona State University.
His research centers on the resilience of highly-engineered social-ecological systems to unexpected, emergent shocks, and how biophysical and social contexts and institutional arrangements interact to shape the dynamics of social-ecological systems. He studies these interactions to understand the conditions for building sustainable communities from local to global scales in the face of global change. David brings diverse knowledge sets together to engage in this research: systems thinking, collective action and the commons, and human behavior, among others. His research methods include mathematical and computational modeling, case study analysis, and behavioral experiments.