Paul D. Hirsch | Environmental Studies | SUNY-ESF
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Paul D. HirschAssociate Professor

Paul Hirsch

114 Marshall Hall
1 Forestry Drive
Syracuse, NY 13210



The March for Science forced Scientists to Talk Straight to the Public

Breaking with Tradition to Increase Collaboration

Nature - Recipes for a Team

Huffington Post - Interview With a Philosopher: Really Saving the Environment


My blog at Planet Forward

My blog at Maxwell's Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration

Board Memberships and Fellowships

Board Member Elect, Association of Interdisciplinary Studies

Fellow, Arizona State University Center for Organization Research and Design [link].

Fellow, Planet Forward, George Washington University School of Media and Public Affairs [link].


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

Mental and Institutional Models for Cross-Boundary Environmental Problem Solving

Complex Trade-offs in Conservation & Development

Research Collaboration

Science in the Policy Process

Science Ethics

Inclusion of Marginalized Perspectives in Decision-Making

Select Publications

Mental and Institutional Models for Cross-Boundary Environmental Problem Solving

Hirsch, P. D. (2014).  Collaborative Problem Solving in a Fractured World: A Perspective on the Role of Global-Scale Institutions and Administrators in the Context of Climate Change. In S. Kim, S. Ashley & H. Lambright (Eds.), Public Administration in the Context of Global Governance. UK: Edward Elgar [link]

Hirsch, P. D., & Norton, B. G. (2012). Thinking like a Planet. In A Thompson and J. Bendik-Keymer (Eds.), Ethical Adaptation to Climate Change: Human Virtues of the Future. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press [link]


Complex Trade-offs in Conservation & Development

Hirsch, P. D., Brosius, J. P., O’Connor, S., Zia, A., Welch-Devine, M., Dammert, J. L., ... & Hitchner, S. (2013). Navigating complex trade-offs in conservation and development: an integrative framework. Issues in Interdisciplinary Studies, 31, 99-12 [link]

Hirsch, P. D., Adams, W. M., Brosius, J. P., Zia, A., Bariola, N., & Dammert, J. L. (2011). Acknowledging conservation trade‐offs and embracing complexity. Conservation Biology, 25(2), 259-264 [link]

McShane, T. O., Hirsch, P. D., Trung, T. C., Songorwa, A. N., Kinzig, A., Monteferri, B., ... & Welch-Devine, M. (2011). Hard choices: making trade-offs between biodiversity conservation and human well-being. Biological Conservation, 144(3), 966-972 [link]

Zia, A., Hirsch, P., Songorwa, A., Mutekanga, D. R., O'Connor, S., McShane, T., ... & Norton, B. (2011). Cross-scale value trade-offs in managing social-ecological systems: the politics of scale in Ruaha National Park, Tanzania. Ecology and Society, 16(4), 7 [link]

Zia, A., Hirsch, P., Van Thang, H., Trung, T. C., O’Connor, S., McShane, T., ... & Norton, B. (2015). Eliciting Inter-Temporal Value Trade-Offs: Deliberative Multi-Criteria Analysis of Vietnam’s Bai Tu Long National Park Management Scenarios. International Academic Forum Journal of Sustainability, Energy, and the Environment, 2(1), 41-62.


Research Collaboration

Shockley, K., Lash-Marshall, W. G., Friedman, K. B., & Hirsch, P. D. (2016). Distinguishing collaboration from contribution in environmental research. Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences, 1-10 [link]

Hoffmann, M., Nersessian, N., Schmidt, J., Decker, M & Hirsch, P. (2010). Interdisciplinary Collaboration: Cognitive Conditions and Tools. White Paper for NSF's SBE 2020: Future Research in the Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences [link]


Science in the Policy Process

Hirsch, P. D., & Luzadis, V. A. (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 [link]


Science Ethics / Inclusion of Marginalized Perspectives in Decision-Making

Manno, J. P., Hirsch, P., & Feldpausch-Parker, A. M. (2014). 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, 4(1), 47-55 [link]

Bozeman, B., & Hirsch, P. (2005). Science ethics as a bureaucratic problem: IRBs, rules, and failures of control. Policy Sciences, 38(4), 269-291 [link]

Bozeman, B., Slade, C. P., & Hirsch, P. (2011). Inequity in the distribution of science and technology outcomes: a conceptual model. Policy Sciences, 44(3), 231-248 [link]

Bozeman, B., Slade, C., & Hirsch, P. (2009). Understanding bureaucracy in health science ethics: toward a better institutional review board. American Journal of Public Health, 99(9), 1549-1556 [link]



Zia, A., Norton, B. G., Metcalf, S. S., Hirsch, P. D., & Hannon, B. M. (2014). Spatial discounting, place attachment, and environmental concern: Toward an ambit-based theory of sense of place. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 40, 283-295.


EST 705 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

2013-2016       New York State Department of Environmental Conservation $280,000. Co-Pi: Application of GIS and Participatory Processes to Complex Planning in the Adirondack Park

2014-2015       Research Foundation of SUNY. $38,370. PI - Presidential Fellow Award for Networks of Excellence Initiative

2013-2014       Research Foundation of SUNY. $150,000. PI: Understanding and overcoming barriers to communication in complex socio-ecological systems: an integrative approach to interdisciplinary research, policy translation, and educational application

2012-2013       New York State Department of Environmental Conservation  $49,796. Co-Pi: An Integrative Analysis of Place and Participation: Onondaga Lake, NY

2008-2011      MacArthur Foundation. $4 million. Arizona State University Global Institute of Sustainability. Research Associate: Advancing Conservation in a Social Context –Working in a World of Trade-offs

2005-2008       NSF Program in Human Social Dynamics Program. $625,000. Graduate Research Assistant: Ecological Boundary-Setting in Mental and Eco-physical Models

2003-2005       W. K. Kellogg Foundation.  $150,000. Graduate Research Assistant: Science, Policy and Social Inequality

Networks and Associations

Current Graduate Advisees

Current Graduate Advisees

Wei-En ChenWei-En Chen

  • Degree Sought: PHD
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Hirsch
  • Area of Study: Environmental and Natural Resources Policy
  • Previous Graduate Study: National Sun Yat-sen Universit (Political Science)

Graduate Research Topic
International Relations, Environmental Policy, Ocean Governance

Jennifer RaichelJennifer Raichel

  • Degree Sought: MS
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Hirsch
  • Area of Study: Environmental Policy

Anna RossiAnna Rossi

  • Degree Sought: MS in Environmental Studies
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Hirsch
  • Undergraduate Institution: University of Rhode Island

Kaitlyn SimmonsKaitlyn Simmons

  • Degree Sought: MPS
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Hirsch
  • Area of Study: Environmental Policy