My goal is to produce empirically rigorous and theoretically informed research related to environmental policy, development, participatory governance, and inequality. I am especially interested in how citizens participate in local governance institutions, what can be done to mitigate inequalities and inequities in participation, and how the benefits of policy reforms are distributed. 

I examine these questions primarily in the context of natural resource governance and rural development in Asia, Latin America, and Africa. My work employs a variety of approaches, but I have a particular interest in using randomized trials and quasi-experimental methods to estimate the impacts of institutional changes and governance interventions, as well as lab-in-the-field experiments designed to uncover how environmental policies and governance reforms change citizen behavior. I am also committed to working closely with local stakeholders on both the design and implementation of research. I am currently working with local organizations in India and Nepal (along with collaborators at the University of Colorado and Purdue University) on a series of randomized trials and observational studies of environmental governance interventions in those two countries.

My work appears in journals like Nature Climate Change, Nature Sustainability, and World Development, and the research projects that I have worked on have been supported by the National Science Foundation. For more information about my research, see my CV or links to my publications.

Research Lab

I have the privilege of working on research with talented students at IUPUI. Prospective students who are interested in learning more about potential opportunities to get involved with research should feel free to email me.

Current lab members

Dr. Nathan J. Cook

Assistant Professor
Paul H. O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs
IUPUI
Nicholas (Nick) Monroe

Graduate student
IUPUI

Nick is a Master of Public Affairs student at IUPUI, with a concentration in Policy Analysis. He is writing a thesis on conservation policy and environmental incomes in the Global South. Nick has supported the lab’s various research projects related to natural resource management and locally led development.
Kamala Nair

Undergraduate student
IUPUI

Kamala is completing a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science at IUPUI. For her capstone research, Kamala is examining inequalities in participation in local development projects in rural Bangladesh. She has been involved with data management and literature reviews for the lab’s research projects related to natural resource management in Nepal and locally led development in Bangladesh.