Dr. Shannon Hagerman 



Research interests: Environmental Values; Politics of Knowledge; Social-Ecological Systems; Society and Natural Resources; Environmental Decision-Making and Policy; Climate Change Adaptation

I am an Assistant Professor of Social-Ecological Systems in the Department of Forest Resources Management. My work is motivated by a passion for interdisciplinary inquiry and a career interest in applying insights from the Environmental Social Sciences and Humanities to better understand and address complex natural resource management and biodiversity conservation dilemmas in a rapidly changing and contested world.


My research spans three focal areas. One focus concerns Global Environmental Governance, with a dual emphasis on how scientific and other forms of knowledge are incorporated into decisions and policies in the international policy realm (e.g. within the Convention on Biological Diversity and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature), and the cultural contingency of scientific uncertainties in decision making. A second focus is on Biodiversity and Resource Management in the Anthropocene. This line of inquiry examines the roles of human behavior (including attitudes, environmental values and perceptions of risk) and institutions (including trust) in shaping evolving ideas about nature, and preferences for emerging, controversial adaptation options (e.g. assisted migration, novel ecosystems, re-wilding) given expectations of global change. A third focus examines the Dynamics and Drivers of Social-Ecological Systems. This area of research focusses on human behavioral and governance dimensions of complex adapting natural resource systems (e.g. agro-pastoral systems in Central Asia, regional forest management systems in the US) over time.