Michael Cox

Michael Cox is a professor of Environmental Studies at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, USA. He studies and teaches about the commons, mostly within the context of local natural resource governance. His primary empirical work has focused on irrigation governance in the Southwest United States and small-scale fisheries and rice farming in the Dominican Republic. He is currently working on a book on local self-governance.

Stefan Partelow

Stefan is a Postdoctoral researcher at the Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT) in Germany, where he also jointly completed his Ph.D. in 2018 in Political Science at Jacobs University. His research focuses on environmental governance, with a focus on marine and coastal systems in the global tropics. He is interested in how communities resolve collective action problems through institutional development and change over time, and the social-ecological interconnections that reveal themselves in that work. He is also interested in the challenges in doing interdisciplinary research, and over-thinking the systemic issues in the science system that hinder change and progress towards that type of research we arguably need to inform sustainability transformations in practice.

Courtney Hammond Wagner

Courtney Hammond Wagner is a postdoctoral scholar in the sustainable groundwater program at Water in the West. As an environmental social scientist, Courtney’s research broadly aims to understand how we design incentives, rules and policies to collectively change behavior in water resource dilemmas to improve community well-being and ecological outcomes. At Water in the west, Courtney is working on two aspects of California’s 2014 Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) policy process: the mandated use of climate information in groundwater sustainability plans and the role of incentives in farmer groundwater use. This work builds on her previous SGMA research in Yolo County, California to identify the role of farmer social norms and fairness perceptions in the SGMA policy process.

Michael Schoon
Co-host, editor, PECS Webinars series

Michael Schoon is an associate professor in Arizona State University’s School of Sustainability, focusing on policy and governance in sustainable systems. His research focuses on collaborative environmental governance, assessing the resilience of social-ecological systems ranging from biodiversity conservation to water sharing to fire management to wild horse management. He hosts the PECS webinar series which is available on the In Common website.

Frank van Laerhoven
Co-host, IJC journal series

Frank van Laerhoven works at the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development of Utrecht University in the Netherlands. Both his teaching and his research revolve around the commons, commoners, and commons scholarship. Since 2007 he has co-edited the International Journal of the Commons (IJC). Since the IJC and ICP started their partnership, he has been co-leading the podcast’s (IJC) Journal series, which contains interviews with authors of IJC journal articles, providing a direct outlet for academic work on the podcast.

Divya Gupta

Divya is currently a Senior Research Fellow in the Institute of Public Policy at the Indian School of Business. Before this, she was a Research Fellow at the Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE), an environmental think tank dedicated to conducting interdisciplinary research and training on issues pertaining to the human dimensions of the environment in India. She also taught as a Visiting Assistant Professor at two student-centered liberal arts colleges in the United States ­­— Colby College and Bowdoin College. Divya got her undergraduate degree in Botany and Master’s degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Delhi, India, and her Ph.D. degree from the Ohio State University.

Praneeta Mudaliar
Blog editor

Praneeta Mudaliar is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies and Sciences at Ithaca College in New York, USA. Praneeta’s scholarship and teaching interests revolve around micro and macro-level power dynamics, socio-cultural inequalities, and actor interactions in the governance of the commons. She has conducted cross-national empirical research on community-based watershed management in the United States (U.S.) and India, and polycentric fisheries in Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda. Apart from commons research, Praneeta studies pro-environmental behaviors among young adults, climate justice, decolonizing land management in institutes of higher education in the U.S., and the pedagogy of building collective efficacy among students to undertake long-term transformative environmental action.

Graham Epstein
Blog contributor

Graham Epstein is an Environmental Social Scientist with interests in the relationship between the environment, people and the rules that govern their interactions with the environment and each other.  His work has touched on a wide range of sustainability issues and topics related to the governance of common-pool resources.  He has contributed to the development of several analytical frameworks to support research on rule compliance, institutional fit and environmental sustainability and conducted empirical research to advance understanding of the factors influencing collective action, compliance, and social and environmental sustainability.  His current work is focused on the development of tools and approaches for synthesizing evidence about the governance of common-pool resources, and advancing understanding of the fit between governance and complex social-ecological landscapes. 


Hita Unnikrishnan is a postdoctoral research associate and British Academy funded Newton International Fellow at the Urban Institute, The University of Sheffield. She is also a visiting faculty at Azim Premji University, Bengaluru. Her research has focused on the changing social-ecological relationships around urban blue and green commons in India over time and their implications for equity and sustainability. She is currently engaged in examining the dynamics of community energy projects in Eastern Africa.