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Policy and Sustainability

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Our research in environmental policy and sustainability aims to understand the social and political dimensions of sustainable resource management. Faculty research includes:

  • Communities, policy, and government
  • Sustainability and smart-growth policies
  • Energy production from renewable resources
  • Forest economics and tax policies
  • Endangered species and policies


Graduate Degrees in Policy and Sustainability

Delve into law and policy issues that affect our natural world. Our students may take classes that cover a range of issues—ecotourism, sustainable development, renewable resources, endangered species and institutional effects on the environment. 

This coursework translates into careers centered on NGOs, policy development and compliance work. Our graduates work for nonprofits, policymakers and state agencies, as well as for international organizations. Employment of specialists in this area is expected to grow in the coming decade, and this degree is an excellent way to combine analytical thinking with research, computer skills, communication and a passion for natural resources.


Policy and Sustainability can be pursued as an official area of emphasis through the MS program.


For general questions about pursuing a graduate degree at Warnell, contact a member of the graduate team:

Dr. Jacek Siry, Graduate Coordinator

Office: 4-501

Phone: 706-542-3060

Kate deDufour, Graduate Program Administrator

Office: 1-217

Phone: 706-542-1183

Prospective students should also contact faculty members for questions specific to this disciplinary area. Please check faculty members’ personal pages for information about their individual research interests and projects to ensure that you are contacting the most relevant ones.

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My work on natural resource governance and policy spans diverse forest and rangeland environments from the United States to Argentina, focusing on the participation of local communities and local- to regional-scale organizations in environmental governance, policy implementation, and…

Forest Economics, Policy, and Governance Forest Certification Woody Feedstocks for Bioenergy Development Life-Cycle Assessment of Wood Products Forest Modeling at Landscape Level Minorities Forest Landowners Regional Markets of Wood and Timber Products

I am a landscape ecologist and am interested in studying patterns across landscapes. I apply spatial data and modeling techniques to ecological and social systems to measure patterns and processes and to explore the interactions between coupled natural and human systems. I explore landscape…

Community and ecosystem ecology, restoration ecology, dryland vegetation dynamics, social-ecological systems, pastoralism in Africa, Georgia coastal salt marshes, resilience, sustainability science

Federal and state forest taxation, economic issues related to forest investment and management, forest products market analysis, economic benefits of forest. 

Timber market modeling, international forestry and conservation, forest management efficiency, multiple-use natural resource management.

Global education (student learning outcomes) and international protected area management

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