Geoboo Song, Ph.D., University of Oklahoma, 2012. His research interests lie in the systemic explanation of the variations in individuals’ perceptions of policy problems, their policy preferences and their behaviors under certain policy arrangements within highly contentious and controversial domains. More specifically, he has been intrigued by the ontological and epistemological nature of the inherent risks posed by the implementation of science and technology (particularly those related with scientific and sociopolitical controversies caused by high levels of embedded uncertainty and complexity), the different ways individual members of society interpret and perceive benefits and risks, and the related impact on society in general and certain individuals and groups in particular.
His recent studies seek to understand ways in which individuals’ values and beliefs, notably cultural predispositions, shape their differing opinions on the benefits and risks associated with childhood vaccinations and controversial vaccination policies, including mandatory vaccinations and religious/philosophical exemptions, and key related issues of governance. These studies also attempt to explain how parents’ subjective expected utility of vaccinations (derived from their perceptions of vaccine benefits and risks) and their beliefs regarding current vaccine policies actually translate into their vaccination behaviors in regards to the immunization of their children.
Several other research projects of his current interest include an analysis of the impact of culturally nuanced policy narratives on the formation of public opinion in the global climate change policy debate. In addition, through collaborative policy research for the US Department of Energy, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the Oklahoma Office of Juvenile Affairs, he has had extensive involvement in applied research projects with various levels of government on a wide range of policy issues including nuclear waste management, environmental regulations, and juvenile delinquency. He regularly teaches courses in research methods and applied statistics, politics of risk, and policy analysis.