Craig Kauffman, Department of Political Science
Craig Kauffman is an expert in environmental politics (with a focus on climate change policy, sustainable development, and natural resource management); environmental law (particularly the development of Earth Law and rights of nature), indigenous environmental law and practices, collaborative governance of forest and watershed ecosystems, and financing forest and watershed conservation. Craig uses this expertise to examine new, alternative global governance regimes, transnational networks, and the reasons global norms change. At the University of Oregon, he is an assistant professor of political science and participating faculty in Environmental Studies and Latin American Studies. He is a member of the United Nations Knowledge Network on Harmony with Nature and a Participating Member in the UN General Assembly’s Interactive Dialogue on Harmony with Nature, tasked with providing recommendations on implementing the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda.
Craig’s research investigates how contestation between actors at the global and local levels determines policy responses to environmental challenges like climate change and ecosystem destruction, both domestically and internationally.
He also has several projects relating to ecological economics. One analyzes the effect of international conservation aid on tropical deforestation worldwide. Another studies innovative, experimental financing mechanisms for conserving forest and watershed ecosystems.
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