Paul Hirsch

Paul D. Hirsch

Assistant Professor

114 Marshall Hall
1 Forestry Dr.
Syracuse, New York 13210

Phone: (315) 470-6669


See Paul Hirsch’s contributions to the “Conflict and Collaboration” Blog


  • Research Director, Environmental Collaboration and Conflicts: Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflicts and Collaboration (PARCC)
  • Research Associate: Center for Environmental Policy and Administration (CEPA) Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University


  • Ph.D., Public Policy, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2008
  • M.S., Conservation Ecology and Sustainable Development, Odum School of Ecology, University of Georgia, 2003
  • B.S., Biology and Society, Cornell University, 1995

Research Interests

  • Water, Biodiversity, Climate
  • Trans-boundary Conservation Initiatives
  • Trade-offs between Conservation and Development
  • Philosophy / Practice of Collaboration and Interdisciplinarity
  • Governance and Decision-Making under conditions of Complexity
  • Integrative Environmental Policy Analysis
  • Role of Science in the Policy Process

Recent Publications

  • Hirsch, PD, Brosius, JP, O’Connor, S, Zia, A, Welch-Devine, M., Dammert, JL, Songorwa,  A, Trung, TC, Rice, JL, Anderson, ZR, Hitchner, S, Schelhas, J & McShane, TO.  (2013).   Navigating Complex Trade-offs in Conservation and Development : an Integrative Framework.  Issues in Interdisciplinary Studies 31: 99 – 122.  [link].

  • Hirsch, PD & Luzadis, VA. (2013). Scientific Concepts and their Policy Affordances: How a  Focus on Compatibility can Improve Science-Policy Interaction and Outcomes. Nature and   Culture 8(1): 97-118.
  • Manno, JP, Hirsch, PD & Feldpausch-Parker, A. (2013). Introduction by the Onondaga Nation and Activist Neighbors of an Indigenous Perspective on Issues surrounding Hydrofracking in the Marcellus Shale. Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences. Doi. [link].
  • Hirsch, PD & Norton, BN. Thinking Like a Planet. (2012). In Ethical Adaptation to Climate Change: Human Virtues of the Future, edited by Allen Thompson and Jeremy Bendik-Keymer. MIT Press. 
  • Zia, A, Hirsch, PD, Songorwa, A, Mutekanga, D, O’Connor, S, McShane, TO, Brosius, JP & Norton, BN. (2011). Cross-Scale Value Trade-offs in Managing Socio-Ecological Systems: The Politics of Scale in Ruaha National Park, Tanzania. Ecology and Society 16(4): 7. [link].
  • Inequity in the Distribution of Science and Technology Outcomes: A Conceptual Model. Barry Bozeman, Catherine Slade, and Paul Hirsch. Policy Sciences (2011). [link]
  • Acknowledging Trade-offs, Embracing Complexity: A Challenge for Conservation. Paul Hirsch, William Adams, Peter Brosius, Asim Zia, Nino Bariola, Juan Luis Dammert. Conservation Biology Volume 12, Issue 2, pages 259–264, April 2011. [link]
  • Hard Choices: Making Trade-offs between Biodiversity Conservation and Human Wellbeing. Thomas McShane, Paul Hirsch, Tran Chi Trung, Alexander Songorwa, Ann Kinzig, Bruno Monteferri, David Mutekanga, Hoang Van Thang, Juan Luis Dammert, Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, Meredith Welch-Devine, Peter Brosius, Peter Coppolillo, Sheila O’Connor. Biological Conservation Volume 144, Issue 3, Pages 966-972, March 2011. [link]
  • Understanding Bureaucracy in Health Science Ethics: Toward a Better Institutional Review Board. Barry Bozeman, Catherine Slade, and Paul Hirsch. American Journal of Public Health 2009, 99 (9): 1549-1556 [link]
  • Science Ethics as a Bureaucratic Problem: IRBs, Rules, and Failures of Control. Barry Bozeman and Paul Hirsch. Policy Sciences (Special Issue on Integrating Knowledge and Practice to Advance Human Dignity) 2005, 38 (4): 269-291 [link]


  • EST 796 Environment and Natural Resources Policy Analysis
  • EST 635 Public Participation and Decision Making
  • EST 640 Environmental Thought and Ethics
  • EST 696 Climate Change: Science, Perception & Policy
  • EST 321 Government and Environment

Research Projects and Funding

  • MacArthur Foundation / Arizona State University Global Institute of Sustainability, 2007 – 2010. “Advancing Conservation in a Social Context: Working in a World of Trade-offs.”
  • NSF Program in Human Social Dynamics, 2005 – 2008. “Ecological Boundary-Setting in Mental and Eco-physical Models.”
  • W. K. Kellogg Foundation and Center for Science and Policy Outcomes, 2003-2005. “Science, Policy and Social Inequality.”

Networks and Associations

Current Graduate Advisees

Current Graduate Advisees

Hope AnsanelliHope Ansanelli

  • Degree Sought: MPS in Environmental Studies
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Hirsch

Chloe ElbertyChloe Elberty

  • Degree Sought: MPS in Environmental Studies
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Hirsch

Lorena Estrada ChinchillaLorena Estrada Chinchilla

  • Degree Sought: PHD
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Hirsch
  • Area of Study: Environmental and Natural Resources Policy
  • Undergraduate Institute: Universidad del Valle de Guatm (Ecotourism)
  • Previous Graduate Study: Tropical Agricultural Research

Alaina MalletteAlaina Mallette

  • Degree Sought: MS
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Hirsch
  • Area of Study: Coupled Natural and Human Systems
  • Undergraduate Institute: Syracuse University (Geography)

Personal Statement
Coming from Northern New York, I have grown up with the Adirondacks and many lakes, rivers, and streams right in my backyard. So, it is no surprise that I ended up at ESF, and as a Geographer no surprise that I am in CNHS. I am interested in the human-environment interface, issues of governance surrounding water resources and environmental conflict, and what role GIS plays in this schema.

Favorite Quote
"Be the change you wish to see in the world..." -Mahatma Gandhi

Erin RobideauErin Robideau

  • Degree Sought: MPS in Environmental Studies
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Hirsch

Lauren TarrLauren Tarr

  • Degree Sought: MS in Environmental Studies
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Hirsch


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