Environmental Policy and Planning Faculty
Samuel Trask Dana Professor
Arun Agrawal, PhD, emphasizes the politics of international development, institutional change, and environmental conservation in his research and teaching. He has written critically on indigenous knowledge, community-based conservation, common property, population resources, and environmental identities. Agrawal is the coordinator for the International Forestry Resources and Institutions network and is currently carrying out research in central and east Africa as well as South Asia. Since 2013, Agrawal has served as the editor-in-chief of World Development and his recent work has appeared in Science, PNAS, Conservation Biology, Development and Change, among other journals. Preceding his work at U-M, Agrawal was educated at Duke University, the Indian Institute of Management, and Delhi University and has held teaching and research positions at Yale, Florida, McGill, Berkeley, and Harvard among other universities.
Professor Bierbaum, PhD, focuses her research on the interface of science and policy--principally on issues related to climate change adaptation and mitigation at the national and international levels. From 2001-2011, she served as Dean of SNRE and oversaw the creation of a new undergraduate program in the environment as well as five dual Master’s degrees across campus. She is the Chair of the Science and Technical Advisory Panel of the Global Environment Facility. She served on President Obama's Council of Advisers on Science and Technology (PCAST), as an Adaptation Fellow at the World Bank, led the Adaptation Chapter for the Congressionally-mandated U.S. National Climate assessment, and was a review editor for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. She has served in both the executive and legislative branches of the U.S. Government--as the Senate-confirmed director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy’s Environment Division, and in multiple capacities at the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment.
Professor; Associate Dean for Research
Maria Carmen Lemos' broad research interests are related to the human dimensions of global change and social studies of science. She is particularly interested in understanding: (a) the intersection between development and climate, especially concerning the relationship between anti-poverty programs and risk management (b) the use of technoscientific information, especially seasonal climate (El Nino forecasting) in building adaptive capacity to climate variability and change (drought planning, water management, and agriculture) in the U.S. (Great Lakes) and Latin America (Brazil, Mexico and Chile); (c) the impact of technocratic decisionmaking on issues of democracy and equity; (d) the co-production of science and policy and the role of technocrats as decisionmakers; (e) the role of popular participation in urban environmental policymaking and policymaker/client interactions; (f) U.S.-Mexico border region environmental policymaking especially regarding transboundary water conflict, environmental health, a common use of shared natural resources.
Prof. Meeks teaches within the Environmental Policy and Planning field of study in SNRE and the Program in the Environment (PitE). Her research fields include environmental and development economics and policy. Currently, much of her work focuses on understanding individual and household responses to various environmental technologies, policies, and types of infrastructure in developing countries. Prof. Meeks has implemented field research in many countries, including Kyrgyzstan, Nepal, Kenya, and Peru. Her research has been funded through organizations such as the National Science Foundation and the Fulbright Program. Prof. Meeks is an RPCV, having served in the Peace Corps in Kazakhstan.
Michael Moore's teaching involves courses in microeconomics, environmental economics, and ecosystem services. His research interests include water resource economics and environmental economics. He has ongoing research to develop models of the environmentally responsible consumer (with applications to consumption of green electricity); to study land-use adaptation to weather risk and climate change; and to value water quality using the hedonic price method.
Julia Wondolleck has spent over 20 years researching the emergence and functioning of inter-organizational and community-based collaborative processes in ecosystem-scale resource management, processes that often arise in response to natural and/or social system crises. Her research focus is environmental decision-making and the structure of policy and administrative processes that promote the sustainability of ecological and human systems in the face of diverse yet legitimate interests, scientific complexity, and often conflicting and ambiguous legal direction. This research looks at both conflict and collaboration in the management of public natural resources and, in particular, the factors that promote and sustain community-based collaborative resource management processes. Current research projects include: assessing lessons for policy and practice from marine ecosystem-based management initiatives around the world; examining the experiences of Bureau of Land Management Resource Advisory Councils and NOAA National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Councils; determining the influence of the Federal Advisory Committee Act in public resource management; and, assessing approaches to evaluating the effectiveness of ecosystem-based management processes. Wondolleck is also examining the connections between what encourages and sustains collaborative ecosystem management initiatives and the institutional arrangements that might enable community-level adaptation to the effects of climate change.
Professor Yaffee's research focuses on collaborative decision making on complex environmental and sustainability choices, including the ways that traditional political processes and organizations function, and how new collaborative structures can be developed to encourage more effective decision making. He is particularly interested in landscape-scale conservation and sustainable natural resource management, and how decision-making institutions can be encouraged to take on an ecosystem-scale perspective. Of particular interest is policy involving biological diversity, public lands, marine and coastal ecosystems and energy. Yaffee's research and teaching draws from substantial on-the-ground work with nonprofit organizations and charitable foundations in facilitating dispute resolution and collaborative problem-solving processes, and in helping them develop monitoring, evaluation and adaptive management strategies. He is committed to professional education at SNRE and teaches skill-building courses in political and institutional analysis, negotiation and mediation.