Institutions and Governance Lab

Our lab is unified by an interest in group-level decision-making with regard to land and environmental management, use and access. This includes formal "rules of the game" (social norms and rules, whether customary or statutory, de facto or de jure), as well as formal and informal processes through which land and resources are managed and governed. Interests span local to global scales of decision-making and governance, and diverse governance forms (state, market, community).

Lab members also share a commitment to situating anthropological theory and method in ways that help to address pressing social and ecological challenges, while learning to effectively juggle their dual accountability to academia and society. We are united by a shared purpose of placing our scholarship and practice at the service of wider efforts to transition to a more inclusive, just and sustainable world.