Michael Cox

Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies
Faculty member in Ecology, Evolution, Ecosystems & Society (EEES) PhD program

Michael Cox is an environmental social scientist who studies community-based natural resource management as well as path dependence and technological transitions in agricultural systems. He has conducted empirical fieldwork-based analyses of irrigation systems in the Southwest United States, Peru and Kenya. His current empirical work is focused on community-based fisheries and rice farming systems in the Dominican Republic. For the past several years he has led a synthetic project on social-ecological governance, the details of which can be found at http://sesmad.dartmouth.edu/. Before coming to Dartmouth, he worked under Lin Ostrom at Indiana University's Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis.

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The John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding
B.A. Colby College
Ph.D. Indiana University

Selected Publications

Cox, M. 2014. Applying a social-ecological system framework to the study of the Taos acequia irrigation system. Human Ecology 42(2): 311-324.

Cox, M. 2014. Modern disturbances to a long-lasting community-based resource management system: the Taos Valley acequias. Global Environmental Change 24: 213-222.

Cox, M., Villamayor-Tomas, S. and Hartberg, Y. 2014. The role of religion in community-based natural resource management. World Development 54: 46-55.

Sloan-Wilson, D., E. Ostrom and M. Cox. 2013. Generalizing the core design principles for the efficacy of groups. Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization 905: 521-532.

Cox, M.,  s. Mincey, T. Ruseva, S. Villamayor-Tomas and B. Fischer. 2013. Evaluating the USFS State & Private Forestry Redesign: A first look at policy implications. Ecological Economics 85: 35-42.

Schoon, M. and M. Cox. 2012. Understanding disturbances and responses in social-ecological systems. Society and Natural Resources 25(2): 141-155.

Cox, M. 2011. Advancing the diagnostic analysis of environmental problems. International Journal of the Commons 5(2): 346-363.

Cox, M. and Ross, J. 2011. Robustness and vulnerability of community irrigation systems: the case of the Taos valley acequias. Journal of Environmental Economics and Management 61(3): 254-266.

Cox, M., Arnold, G. and Villamayor Tomás, S. 2010. A review of design principles for community-based natural resource management. Ecology and Society 15(4): [online], http://www.ecologyandsociety.org/vol15/iss4/art38/ .

Ostrom, E. and Cox, M. 2010. Moving beyond panaceas: an interdisciplinary approach to the study of social-ecological systems. Environmental Conservation 37(4): 451-463.

Cox, M. 2008. Balancing accuracy and meaning in common-pool resource theory. Ecology and Society 13(2): [online], http://www.ecologyandsociety.org/vol13/iss2/art44/

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Works in Progress

Field-based analyses of farmer adaptations to drought conditions in semi-arid regions in New Mexico, Colorado, and Kenya; Synthetic meta-analysis of large-scale environmental governance; Analysis of sustainability in traditional and government-sponsored irrigation systems in Spain.

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