Environmental Governance

LAS 6938
SECTION 1188, CLASS # 14564

Days: Thursdays
Times: 1:55 – 4:55 pm
Location: Grinter Hall 376

Environmental Governance addresses the multi-disciplinary study of how formal and informal organizations, institutions, policies, and practices shape environmental outcomes. It explores contemporary challenges about designing rules and institutions for shaping and regulating human-environment relations. It raises questions about who makes environmental decisions; how they are made, and how political and economic power shapes environmental governance. It is concerned with normative questions such as how best to organize social actors and systems to achieve sustainability of social-environmental and planetary systems as well as human well-being. We evaluate leading environmental policy strategies, including state regulation, market-based incentives, participatory and community-based approaches and regulation by private actors—as well as cutting edge theoretical perspectives on de-growth, performativity, social innovation, and building “diverse economies.” We also evaluate empirical examples of governance arrangements from around the world and different domains (climate change, forestry, fisheries, and more) to highlight challenges and opportunities.

Catherine TuckerProfessor

Catherine Tucker
Associate Director of Academic Affairs
Center for Latin American Studies
Department of Anthropology
E-mail: tuckerc@ufl.edu
Tel: 352-392-0690

Research interests

Environmental governance, community-based conservation, institutional analysis, climate change adaptation, belief systems, sustainability

Geographic expertise

Central America, Mexico, and Peru

Christine Overdevest
Associate Professor
Department of Sociology, Criminology & Law
E-mail: coverdev@ufl.edu
Tel: (352) 294-7184
Office: 3113 Turlington Hall

Research interests
Environmental Sociology; Economic Sociology; Regulation; New Governance, Environmental Certification and Sustainability Standards