2022 Undergraduate Research Showcase


Securing Sustainability by Building Resilience Against Political Extremism Through Social Trust

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Dr. Michail Fragkias


An increase in social distrust and political extremism threatens economic, environmental, and social sustainability. Trust is foundational to the political and social stability necessary to facilitate the sharing and management of resources. Without increasing social trust, problems such as climate change, economic recessions, and political extremism becomes increasingly difficult to solve. The high levels of critical trustors in the US indicate potential to grow social trust that includes the skepticism necessary for a healthy democracy. Healthy democracies are better equipped to handle environment crisis as well as economic downturns. Analyzing social and institutional trust through a sustainable developmental framework allows us to analyze how leaders and community members can build trust and resiliency against threats to larger sustainability goals.

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