Michael Cox

|Associate Professor
Academic Appointments
  • Associate Professor of Environmental Studies

  • Associate Chair, Ecology, Evolution, Ecosystems & Society (EEES) PhD program

  • Co-director, Environmental Studies FSP in Southern Africa

Connect with Us

Michael Cox is an environmental social scientist who studies environmental policy and governance, community-based natural resource management as well as path dependence and technological transitions in agricultural systems. He has conducted empirical fieldwork-based analyses of irrigation systems in the Southwest United States, Peru and Kenya. His current empirical work is focused on community-based fisheries and rice farming systems in the Dominican Republic. He is the co-founder and co-host of the In Common Podcast: incommonpodcast.org.

Before coming to Dartmouth, he worked under Lin Ostrom at Indiana University's Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis.


Fairchild, Room 105
HB 6182


Environmental Studies


The John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding


  • B.A. Colby College
  • Ph.D. Indiana University

Selected Publications

  • Cox, M. 2014. Applying a social-ecological system framework to the study of the Taos acequia irrigation system. Human Ecology 42(2): 311-324.

  • Cox, M. 2014. Modern disturbances to a long-lasting community-based resource management system: the Taos Valley acequias. Global Environmental Change 24: 213-222.

  • Cox, M., Villamayor-Tomas, S. and Hartberg, Y. 2014. The role of religion in community-based natural resource management. World Development 54: 46-55.

  • Sloan-Wilson, D., E. Ostrom and M. Cox. 2013. Generalizing the core design principles for the efficacy of groups. Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization 905: 521-532.

+ View more