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

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.

The Law and Economics working group offers an informal discussion of law and economic topics and builds on a long tradition of interaction between faculty in the Maurer School of Law, the Department of Economics, and other schools and units across IU. You are welcome to bring a lunch.

Meetings are held each Thursday 11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. in Room 406A, Jerome Hall Law Library in Baier Hall.

Contact Dean Lueck, lueck@indiana.edu, and Jeff Stake, stake@indiana.edu.

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

Ronald Coase