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Paul Hirsch

Paul D. Hirsch
Assistant Professor

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

Phone: (315) 470-6669


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  • 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.”

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