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Professor of Sustainability Sciences and Director, School of Marine and Environmental Affairs, University of Washington

Nives Dolšak studies how common pool resources are governed. She looks at the role of community action, social capital, market-based instruments, as well as traditional regulatory policies. Her research has examined these issues in the context of Washington State, the United States, Eastern and Central Europe, as well as the whole world. A particular area of focus is on global climate change policies that have been developed and implemented from the local to international level. She serves as a member of the Puget Sound Partnership’s Science Panel. Dr. Dolšak received her Joint Ph.D. in Public Policy and International Relations from Indiana University, Bloomington.


  • –present
    Professor, environmental policy, University of Washington


  • 2000 
    Indiana University, Bloomington, Ph.D./joint degree in political science and public policy