SNRE.Portrait.2My name is James (J.T.) Erbaugh, and I am a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Dartmouth College. I study how changing rules for the use of natural resources generates outcomes for people and the environment.

The majority of my research focuses on forest policy and governance. I am motivated by a passion for the sustainable management of forest landscapes and deep respect for forest proximate communities; I am fascinated by the way in which different groups of people use and conserve forest resources. To study the relationship between forest landscapes and environmental governance, I draw from institutional theory, political ecology, and causal inference. I am trained in GIS/remote sensing, survey methodology, interview research, and policy content analysis. I combine these methods to understand different aspects of environmental governance in forest landscapes. In addition to my academic training, I have spent over six years living and teaching in rural, forest-dependent communities on the Navajo Nation (Navajo, NM), Sumatra (Sungai Penuh, Jambi), and Java (Pati, Central Java).  This time has indelibly shaped how I understand, investigate, and teach environmental governance.

I have received financial support from the Borlaug Fellowship in International Food Security, the Fulbright Program, the Institute for Social Research,  the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the Dow Sustainability Fellowship, the Department of Defense Critical Language Scholarship, the University of Michigan School for Environment and Sustainability ,  the University of Michigan Rackham Graduate School, the Arthur L. Irving Institute for Energy and Society, and the Dartmouth College Guarini School of Graduate and Advanced Studies.

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