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.  

Current Visiting Scholars

Misginaw Tamirat Arficho

Department of Agricultural Economics, Humboldt University of Berlin

Misginaw Tamirat Arficho (September 1–December 17, 2016) is a PhD candidate in the Division of Environmental Governance, Department of Agricultural Economics, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany. He holds a BA in Economics and an MSc in Agricultural Economics. His current research interest encompasses Human-Environment relations, particularly pastoral livelihoods, institutions, land use, and climate change adaptation. During his stay, he plans to write part of his dissertation focusing on cultural theory of risk and adaptive rangeland governance in southern Ethiopia.

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.

David Gerard

Department of Economics, Lawrence University

David Gerard (August 29–October 26, 2016) is an associate professor and the chair of the Department of Economics at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. His research interests are in risk regulation and public policy, particularly in areas of energy, the environment, and traffic safety.  Prior to joining Lawrence, he was executive director of the Center for the Study & Improvement of Regulation in the Department of Engineering & Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University.  At the Ostrom Workshop, he will be studying issues related to US regulatory policy and developing undergraduate curriculum in the New Institutional Economics.

F. Andrew Hanssen

Department of Economics, Clemson University


F. Andrew Hanssen (January 7–May 7, 2017) is Professor of Economics in the John E. Walker Department of Economics at Clemson University. His areas of research include institutions, law and economics, political economy, and industrial organization. Hanssen received a BA and MA from Johns Hopkins University, and an MBA and PhD from the University of Chicago. Before getting a PhD, he was a management consultant, working in Europe, Latin America, and the Far East. He joined the Clemson faculty in 2010, after holding positions at Montana State University and Colby College.

Jesper Larsson

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala, Sweden


Jesper Larsson (August 6, 2016–July 31, 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.

Junaid Alam Memon

Environmental Economics & Climate Change Program,
Pakistan Institute of Development Economics

Junaid Alam Memon (November 8, 2015–November 2, 2016) is an Assistant Professor from the Pakistan Institute of Development Economics, who is joining the Ostrom Workshop as a Fulbright Visiting Scholar. His research interests revolve around the society and natural resource nexus, particularly related to water, forests and rangelands. His current research focuses on the potential of partial property rights regimes for sustainable natural resources and environmental management in Asia.

Kimberly Rogers

Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research, University of Colorado

Kimberly Rogers (August 18–December 15, 2016) is a Research Associate at the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research and the Community Surface Dynamics Modeling System at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She received her PhD in Environmental Engineering from Vanderbilt University and holds a BSc in Geological Sciences and Physical Geography from the University of Texas at Austin. As a recipient of a National Science Foundation Science, Engineering and Education for Sustainability Fellowship, her current research integrates interdisciplinary techniques to examine feedbacks arising from interactions between biophysical dynamics and resource management in river deltas. She will use her time at the Ostrom Workshop investigating the formal and informal institutions influencing community-scale farming decisions that impact sustainable development and climate vulnerability in the Bengal Delta of Bangladesh, and advancing methods of integrative analysis.

Naomi Rothenberg

Alberta School of Business, Alberta, Canada

Naomi Rothenberg (September 6–November 18, 2016) is currently an Assistant Professor in Accounting at the University of Alberta. Her research interests are in accounting theory, auditing, asymmetric information, performance measurement, disclosure, and organizational design. Her current work focuses on incentives for financial reporting quality. Specifically, she studies the effect of reputation and legal liability damages on audit quality, as well as the how managerial information sharing affects auditors’ attestation of financial reports. Her previous work involved how asymmetric information in settings with multiple agents affects issues related to reporting and dissemination of information, including performance measurement, how production should be organized, and the effect of disclosure on competition. Her work has been published in The Accounting Review, Contemporary Accounting Research, Journal of Management Accounting, and Management Accounting Research.

Murilo Zacareli

Institute of International Relations, University of São Paulo, Brazil


Murilo Zacareli (August 1, 2016–May 31, 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