Epidemics and adaptive behavior as a coupled-human natural system : trust and response to the 2014-15 ebola epidemic in Liberia
- Ronan F. Arthur.
- [Stanford, California] : [Stanford University], 2019.
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- Arthur, Ronan Forde, author.
- Feldman, Marcus W., degree supervisor.
- Jones, James Holland, degree supervisor.
- De Leo, Giulio A., degree committee member.
- Luby, Stephen, degree committee member.
- Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources (Stanford University)
- ["Infectious diseases and the human response to their proliferation are components of a coupled human-natural system, characterized by complex interactions and dynamics. How humans react to infectious disease crises is a critical component of understanding how epidemics work, but we often neglect its consideration in our predictive modeling or empirical measurements. In this dissertation, we introduce a mathematical model that displays complex dynamic patterns from simple assumptions about the nature of epidemics and human adaptation; an empirical study in Liberia on perceptions of trust in government actions during the 2014-15 Ebola epidemic, and qualitative results from a set of nine focus-group discussions about how people weighed trust and behavior decisions during the Ebola epidemic in Liberia."]
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- Submitted to the Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources (Stanford University).
- Thesis Ph.D. Stanford University 2019.