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Erik Nordman

Dr. Erik Nordman is Associate Professor of Natural Resources Management and Adjunct Professor of Economics at Grand Valley State University, Michigan. He is currently a Visiting Scholar at Indiana University’s Elinor and Vincent Ostrom Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis. Nordman has written on a wide variety of environmental topics, from urban stormwater management and land preservation to renewable energy. His work has also appeared in mass-market publications such as Quartz, The Conversation, and Bridge (a Michigan public affairs magazine). Nordman holds an MS in forest ecosystem management and a PhD in natural resource policy and economics, both from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse University. He served as a Fulbright Scholar and visiting professor at Kenyatta University in Nairobi, Kenya, 2012-13. His publications are available at: https://works.bepress.com/erik_nordman/.

The Uncommon Knowledge of Elinor Ostrom

The Uncommon Knowledge of Elinor Ostrom

Essential Lessons for Collective Action

In the 1970s, the accepted environmental thinking was that overpopulation was destroying the earth. Prominent economists and environmentalists agreed that the only way to stem the tide was to impose restrictions on how we used resources, such as...