Environment & Natural Resource Governance

A long tradition examining institutions governing natural resources

Program contact

Professor Jessica Steinberg
Director, Program on Environment & Natural Resource Governance
Associate Professor of International Studies
Adjunct Professor of Political Science

The Program on Environment & Natural Resource Governance was created in 2016 to develop a network of scholars to examine the institutions that govern natural resources. The program supports and disseminates the work of its network of scholars, which includes scholars from IU and around the world.

At IU, the program draws on faculty from Anthropology, Economics, Geography, Law, Political Science, the School of Global & International Studies, and the School of Public & Environmental Affairs.

The study of natural resources has a long tradition at the Ostrom Workshop, and the program will continue to build on that tradition.

More about the Program on Environment & Natural Resource Governance

The Climate Governance working group is a forum to discuss research, curricular, and policy initiatives at IU that are related to climate governance. We hope to bring people together around the topic of climate governance, and through a round table and follow on conversations, to facilitate smaller, more focused working groups to build out specific collaborative projects.

If you are interested in joining this group, please contact Jessica Steinberg.

Equity and justice are increasingly prevalent themes in political, economic, and social discussions about energy and the environment.

As the United States and other nations pursue governance around pollution, climate change, and natural resources, it is an opportune time to explore the variety of theoretical, empirical, and practical approaches scholars are taking to explore the intersection of these issues.

This working group brings scholars of multiple disciplines together to pursue research on questions of equity, access to environmental services, protection from environmental degradation and energy insecurity, and the distributive effects of governance of energy resources and the environment.

If you wish to join this working group, contact Sanya Carley, David Konisky, or Jessica Steinberg.

Without some knowledge of what would be achieved with alternative institutional arrangements, it is impossible to choose sensibly among them.

Ronald Coase