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Graduate Degree Programs
M.S., M.P.S. or Ph.D. in Economics, Governance and Human Dimensions

The Economics, Governance and Human Dimensions area of study emphasizes the human dimensions of resource systems involved in the processes of decision-making and action related to how coupled human-natural systems may be managed for sustainable outcomes.

This area of study also incorporates rigorous research into human behavior in recreational and natural settings, a topic that draws from multiple disciplinary perspectives in the social sciences.

Participating Faculty

  • Colin M. Beier;
    forest ecosystem and landscape ecology, social-ecological systems, climate change, ecosystem services, landscape change modeling, resilience, adaptive management, resource governance, applied geoinformatics
  • Russell D. Briggs;
    forest ecology, watershed ecology, soils, ecosystem services, watershed management, forest soils, silviculture
  • Tristan R. Brown;
    sustainable energy law & policy; energy systems analysis; techno-economic analysis; and climate policy
  • René Germain;
    forest health, policy, silviculture, forest management and operations, forest management for renewable energy, watershed management, sustainable forestry systems
  • Diane M. Kuehn;
    social and recreational dimensions, ecotourism and nature tourism, recreation management and research
  • Robert W. Malmsheimer;
    How laws and the legal system affect natural resources management, including how carbon accounting policies affect forest and natural resources.
  • Nehan Naim;
    Energy Economics and Finance, Regulations, Industrial Organization, Internet of Things, Disruptive Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • John E. Wagner;
    forest resource and environmental economics, ecosystem services, policy, quantitative silviculture, forest management and operations, operations research, simulation