James (J.T.) Erbaugh

Academic Appointments
  • Lecturer

  • Quantitative Social Scientist, Global Science, the Nature Conservancy

I study environmental governance and policy. My research investigates how groups make rules for the management of natural resources and how those rules effect environmental, social, and economic change. I am particularly interested in the connection between global environmental change and local action. I study this by focusing on community-based resource management, the role of global politics in shaping local environment and development outcomes, and evaluating the impacts of environmental policies. My research draws from institutional economics, political ecology, and causal inference. I am trained in statistics, GIS, spatial analysis, survey methodology, interview research, and policy content analysis.

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Steele, Room 105A
HB 6182


Environmental Studies


  • BA Miami University
  • MPhil University of Oxford
  • PhD University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Selected Publications