James (J.T.) Erbaugh

Research Associate/Lecturer

James (J.T.) Erbaugh is an environmental social scientist who studies institutional change, international development, and environmental conservation. He combines data from surveys, censuses, remotely sensed land cover, and policy content to understand the way rules and norms influence social-environmental change. He is particularly interested in understanding resource management outcomes for forests and forest proximate populations, with a focus on contemporary Indonesia. He is affiliated with the Forest and Livelihoods: Assessment, Research, and Evaluation (FLARE) network as well as the International Forestry Resources and Institutions (IFRI) research group. His research has been funded by the Social Science Research Council, the Fulbright Program, the Borlaug Fellowship in Global Food Security, and the UK Department for International Development. Before working in higher education, J.T. taught middle school science on the Navajo Nation and English as a second language in rural Central Java.


107A Fairchild
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  • B.A. Miami University
  • M.Phil. University of Oxford
  • Ph.D. University of Michigan

Selected Publications

  • Harbi, J., Erbaugh, J. T., Sidiq, M., Haasler, B., & Nurrochmat, D. R. (2018). Making a bridge between livelihoods and forest conservation: Lessons from non timber forest products' utilization in South Sumatera, Indonesia. Forest Policy and Economics, 94, 1-10. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.forpol.2018.05.011

  • Erbaugh, J.T., Oldekop, J. (2018). Forest landscape restoration for livelihoods and well-being. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability. 32, 76-83. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cosust.2018.05.007

  • Nurrochmat, D.R., Adi, I., Purwadianto, A., Maryudi, A., Nugroho, I.A., Hardjanto, Purwadianto, A., Maryudi, A., Erbaugh, J.T. (2017). Shifting contestation into cooperation: Strategy to incorporate different interest of actors in medicinal plants in Meru Betiri National Park, Indonesia. Forest Policy and Economics. 83, 162-168. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.forpol.2017.08.005

  • Erbaugh, J.T., Agrawal, A. (2017). Clarifying the landscape approach: A Letter to the Editor on "Integrated landscape approaches to managing social and environmental issues in the tropics." Global Change Biology. 23, 4453-4454. https://doi.org/10.1111/gcb.13788

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