Visiting Scholars

At any given time during the academic year, the Ostrom Workshop hosts an average of 8–10 long-term visitors as well as numerous short-term visitors from around the world.  

Ivo Baur

Swiss Farm Accountancy Data Network (FADN), Agroscope, Ettenhausen, Switzerland


Ivo Baur (October 17, 2016–March 31, 2018) is a post-doc scholar funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation. His research focuses on agriculture and sustainability, in particular on the governance of summer pastures in the alpine regions of Switzerland. Before joining the Ostrom Workshop as a visiting scholar, he worked at Agroscope, in the Swiss Farm Accountancy Data Network (FADN). He holds a PhD in Geography, obtained from the LMU Munich in Germany.

Marcela Feital Benedetti

Department of Sociology, Universidade Estadual de Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil

Marcela Feital (August 28–November 3, 2017) is a Sociology PhD student. Her research focuses on transition societies formed from the displacements influenced by climate change, in particular on the decision-making arena that pushes different social groups to the transitional condition. In order to achieve the research goals, a case study was suggested: Shishmaref, a native community in Alaska (USA), being impacted by rising sea levels resulting from global warming. This case presents a good study opportunity, as, often, the migration is showed as inevitable for several whole societies. This research is supported by CAPES (Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nivel Superior) in Brazil.

Murat Iyigun

Department of Economics, University of Colorado-Boulder

Murat Iyigun (September 17–30, 2017; October 16–28, 2017)

Jesper Larsson

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala, Sweden


Jesper Larsson (August 6, 2016–August 4, 2017) is a Research Fellow at the Royal Academy of Letters, History, and Antiquities and Associated Senior Lecturer in Agrarian History at the Department of Urban and Rural Development, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), Uppsala, Sweden. His research is focused on governance of natural resources in early modern Northern Scandinavia, particular common-pool resources. His project, Self-Governing and Globalization, addresses how landscape use and settlement development changed when an increase use of common-pool resources occurred. As a visiting scholar at the Ostrom Workshop, he will mainly focus on how the development of reindeer nomadism altered landscape use and the encounter between local users and the state in pre-modern Scandinavia.

Haiyan Lu

School of Public Administration, Jiangsu University of Science and Technology


Haiyan Lu (August 10, 2017–August 9, 2018) is a visiting scholar funded by the Chinese Scholarship Council. Her research focuses on non-profit organizations, labor politics, and social governance, in particular on the community governance in the authoritarian state. Before joining the Ostrom Workshop as a visiting scholar, she worked at the School of Public Administration, Jiangsu University of Science and Technology. She holds a PhD in Politics, obtained from Wuhan University in China.

Dominic Parker

Agricultural and Applied Economics, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Dominic Parker (October 28–November 18, 2017)

Manuel Teodoro

Department of Political Science, Texas A&M University

Manuel Teodoro (October 16–22, 2017)

Murilo Zacareli

Institute of International Relations, University of São Paulo, Brazil


Murilo Zacareli (August 1, 2016–July 30, 2017), is a PhD candidate in International Relations at the University of São Paulo, Brazil. He holds a Master’s degree in International Relations from the same institution and a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations and Foreign Commerce from the University of Ribeirão Preto (UNAERP). He is a researcher at the Center for the Studies of International Negotiations (CAENI) at the Institute of International Relations. His research interests are related to environmental politics, biodiversity regulation, non-state actors, and forest governance with a focus on non-timber forest products and sustainable development. The PhD research is supported by São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP).

Past Visiting Scholars