Michael Cox

Academic Appointments
  • Associate Professor of Environmental Studies

  • Associate Chair, Ecology, Evolution, Ecosystems & Society (EEES) PhD program

  • Co-director, Environmental Studies FSP in Southern Africa

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Michael Cox is an environmental social scientist who studies environmental policy and governance, 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. He is the co-founder and co-host of the In Common Podcast: incommonpodcast.org.

Before coming to Dartmouth, he worked under Lin Ostrom at Indiana University's Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis.


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  • 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.

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