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Michael L. Schoon

Assistant professor
School of Sustainability
Arizona State University

Research Activites

Dr Michael Schoon is an assistant professor in Arizona State University's School of Sustainability, focusing on policy and governance in sustainable systems. His dissertation work with Elinor Ostrom at Indiana University focused on transboundary protected areas or Peace Parks in southern Africa, which won the American Political Science Association’s, best dissertation award. Following that, he began as a research associate for the Center for the Study of Institutional Diversity, also at ASU, where he conducted further research on collaboration across borders from those between landowners, governmental agencies, and nation-states. In Mike’s current work, he looks at collaborative, cross-border institutional arrangements covering a range of environmental issues from biodiversity conservation to water sharing to fire management in the Arizona borderlands. His research combines multiple methodological approaches and looks at causal clusters for the formation and governance outcomes of institutional arrangements. Mike is active in international research communities on resilience, robustness, and complex systems through the Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics and the Resilience Alliance, for whom he now leads the RAYS Group. He serves on the board for IUCN's Transboundary Conservation Specialist Group, which advises academics and practitioners on large-scale, cross-border conservation. Finally, he serves as co-Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of the Commons, the leading journal in common-pool resource management.