Sustainability & Sustainable Development

We research development methods that consider available resources and the environment, along with policies needed to achieve long-term sustainability. Issues we examine include:

  • The role of a finite capacity for the environment in economic and political development
  • The intersection between political processes such as democracy, autocracy, and wars and natural resources
  • The effects of global warming
  • The effects of economic globalization on the environment
  • Human behavior and resource use
  • Mitigation of and adaptation policy approaches to environmental problems
  • Market-based versus political institution-centered approaches sustaining long-run social welfare

Faculty Members

Shahzeen Z. Attari
Associate Professor
(812) 855-1467

  • Human behavior and resource use
  • Environmental psychology
  • Social dilemmas

Jennifer N. Brass
Associate Professor
(812) 855-1460

  • African Politics
  • Non-governmental Organizations (NGOs)
  • Energy and International Development
  • Comparative Public Administration
  • Governance
  • Civil Society
  • Political Economy of Development

Sanya Carley
(812) 856-0920

  • Energy Policy and Economics
  • Electricity Markets
  • Applied Econometrics
  • Policy Instruments
  • Renewable Energy and Distributed Generation
  • Energy-based Economic Development

Jon Eldon
(812) 855-4168

  • Agricultural ecology
  • Soil science
  • Farmer adaptation

James Farmer
Associate Professor
(812) 856-0969

  • Community food systems and sustainable agriculture
  • Natural resources and protected areas conservation/sustainability
  • Environmental and sustainable behavior
  • Rural landscapes and people

Burnell C. Fischer
Clinical Professor Emeritus
(812) 855-0441
Ostrom Workshop

  • Forestry, particularly community and urban forest management practices and policies
  • Natural resource governance and policy
  • Silviculture and growth and development of Central Hardwood forest stands

John D. Graham
(812) 855-1432

  • Government reform
  • Energy and the environment
  • The future of the automobile in both developed and developing countries
  • Presidential studies

Diane S. Henshel
Associate Professor
(812) 855-4556

  • Ecological and human health effects of pollutants and chemicals
  • Holistic and cumulative ecosystem, human health, and ecosystem services risk/vulnerability assessment and modeling
  • Risk communication
  • Sustainability modeling
  • Cyber security risk assessment modeling

David Konisky
(812) 855-6990

  • Environmental politics and policy
  • Regulation and compliance
  • Public opinion on energy and climate change
  • State politics and policy

Siân Mooney
(812) 855-1432

  • Environmental change
  • Economics and policy
  • Greenhouse gases

Daniel Preston
Clinical Associate Professor
(812) 856-4925

  • International Affairs
  • Poverty Alleviation
  • Corporate and Public Sector Strategy
  • Country Competitiveness
  • Financial Markets
  • Economic Development
  • Education
  • Good Governance and Policy Analysis

Avram G. Primack
(812) 856-2603

  • Land use management and human impact analysis using GIS and remote sensing
  • Documenting biodiversity using GIS
  • Estimating the impacts of climate change on vegetation using hydrologic modeling

Rafael Reuveny
(812) 855-4944

  • International political economy with emphasis on globalization
  • Rise and fall of major powers
  • Political conflict and how it interacts with international trade, democracy, and the environment
  • Sustainable development
  • Middle East political economy

Kenneth R. Richards
(812) 855-1461

  • Domestic and International Climate Change Policy
  • Environmental Policy Implementation
  • Carbon Sequestration Economics and Law
  • Energy Law
  • U.S. Forest Service Organizational Design and Management

Barry M. Rubin
Professor Emeritus
(812) 855-4556

  • Urban and regional economic development and impact analysis
  • State-level energy policy analysis and modeling
  • State-level impacts of global climate change
  • Quantitative analysis of local government management and labor relations issues
  • Statistics and quantitative methods
  • Econometric modeling
  • Strategic planning and management

J. Landon Yoder
Assistant Professor

  • Human dimensions of environmental change
  • Institutional analysis and collective action
  • Farmer adoption of conservation practices
  • Collaborative watershed governance