Call For Papers

The Environmental Optimism of Elinor Ostrom

In celebration of the 10th anniversary of Elinor Ostrom’s Nobel Prize in Economics, the Center for Growth and Opportunity (CGO) at Utah State University invites the submission of papers to an edited volume furthering her work. The CGO is a university-based research center that explores the scientific foundations of the interaction between individuals, business, and government to improve well-being for individuals and society. Our focus is on producing research and meaningful learning experiences that allow us to understand and share knowledge on the factors that increase economic growth and individual opportunity.

Ostrom’s work provided foundational insights into how groups deal with environmental problems and provided an optimistic vision for the future. The focus of the volume is policy-relevant pieces that apply Ostrom’s foundational ideas to issues in environmental policy.

Papers should build on Ostrom’s Nobel lecture statement that, “We need to ask how diverse polycentric institutions help or hinder the innovativeness, learning, adapting, trustworthiness, levels of cooperation of participants, and the achievement of more effective, equitable, and sustainable outcomes at multiple scales.” They should also as Elinor noted, “facilitate the development of institutions that bring out the best in humans” by providing concrete policy recommendations that explore how cooperative approaches can help us achieve better environmental outcomes.

Publication Details
This edited volume will be published by the end of 2019 by the CGO and will be edited by Dr. Randy Simmons and Camille Harmer. Authors will receive a $2,000 honorarium for their contributions to the volume.

Submission Details
Please submit a one to two-page proposal that describes your research plan, how you will build on Ostrom’s work, and how your work will contribute to ongoing discussions in the area of environmental policy to Proposals should be submitted by April 15, 2019. For accepted submissions, a completed draft should be submitted by June 28, 2019. Please direct any questions about submissions to Ms. Harmer.

Elinor Ostrom

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