Dr. Lorien Jasny is a computational social scientist in the Department of Politics at the University of Exeter. Her work focuses on questions of community involvement and engagement in environmental decision making. Her research explores two related themes: 1) how the structure and dynamics of inter-organizational networks affect policy change, and 2) how the structure and dynamics of belief networks affect behavioral change. Substantively, she studies how people try to bring about societal change in response to political and environmental concerns. Methodologically, the need to grapple with these often-complex phenomena requires the use and development of techniques for handling large, dynamic, and relational datasets. Lorien was a postdoctoral research fellow at SESYNC from 2013-2015.