Positions

Overview

  • I am interested in the human dimensions of ecological systems. I focus on how environmental policies and institutions are negotiated and designed, how they respond to change, and are renegotiated. I apply this research to develop actionable recommendations for negotiators to better manage conflict and uncertainty and for international and global institutions to promote sustainability and environmental justice. I am particularly interested in freshwater systems and the nexus between water, energy, climate and agriculture. I am eager to build bridges between environmental research, teaching and practice. Current research projects include adaptive and integrated approaches to flood risk management in Europe and New England, institutions for managing conflict and uncertainty in the Danube and Nile Rivers, and international water diplomacy. I’m currently co-editing a book with Dr. Tamar Mayer on The Politics of Fresh Water, which is under contract with Routledge/Earthscan. I am also a faculty fellow at UNH’s Carsey School of Public Policy and a Senior Researcher at the Center for Conflict Studies at the Monterey Institute of International Studies.

    I am always looking for graduate students who are motivated and passionate about interdisciplinary work on the human dimensions of ecological systems. I strive to support students on my research grants, but also expect and work with students to seek external sources of funding. If you are interested in applying to work with me, please email me your CV and a brief description of your background and interests.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title
    2023 Integrating knowledge co-production with life cycle assessmentResources, Conservation and Recycling.  188:106650-106650. 2023
    2022 Multi-Targeted payments for the balanced management of hydrological and other forest ecosystem servicesForest Ecology and Management.  522:120482-120482. 2022
    2022 Compound urban crises.Ambio.  51:1402-1415. 2022
    2021 Uncovering Stakeholder Participation in Payment for Hydrological Services (PHS) Program Decision Making in Mexico and ColombiaSustainability.  13:8562-8562. 2021
    2021 Can science-informed, consensus-based stakeholder negotiations achieve optimal dam decision outcomes?Environmental Development.  37:100602-100602. 2021
    2020 New England food policy councils: An assessment of organizational structure, policy priorities and public participationElementa.  8:38. 2020
    2020 A framework for implementing socially just climate adaptationClimatic Change: an interdisciplinary, international journal devoted to the description, causes and implications of climatic change.  160:1-14. 2020
    2020 I'll be dammed! Public preferences regarding dam removal in New HampshireElementa.  8. 2020
    2020 I’ll be dammed! Public preferences regarding dam removal in New Hampshire 2020
    2020 Language effects on bargaining.PLoS ONE.  15:e0229501. 2020
    2020 New England food policy councils: An assessment of organizational structure, policy priorities and public participationElementa.  8. 2020

    Book

    Year Title
    2016 The Politics of Fresh Water 2016
    2016 The Politics of Fresh Water Access, conflict and identity 2016

    Teaching Activities

  • Intl Envrnmt Politics&Policies Taught course 2022
  • Nat Resources&Envrnmtl Policy Taught course 2022
  • Work Experience Taught course 2022
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  • Nat Resources&Envrnmtl Policy Taught course 2022
  • Nat Resources&Envrnmtl Policy Taught course 2022
  • Nat Resources&Envrnmtl Policy Taught course 2022
  • Nat Resources&Envrnmtl Policy Taught course 2022
  • Resolving Environmtl Conflicts Taught course 2022
  • Work Experience Taught course 2022
  • Intl Envrnmt Politics&Policies Taught course 2021
  • Work Experience Taught course 2021
  • Work Experience Taught course 2021
  • Work Experience Taught course 2021
  • Nat Resources&Envrnmtl Policy Taught course 2021
  • Nat Resources&Envrnmtl Policy Taught course 2021
  • Nat Resources&Envrnmtl Policy Taught course 2021
  • Nat Resources&Envrnmtl Policy Taught course 2021
  • Resolving Environmtl Conflicts Taught course 2021
  • Work Experience Taught course 2021
  • Intl Envrnmt Politics&Policies Taught course 2020
  • Work Experience Taught course 2020
  • Work Experience Taught course 2020
  • Nat Resources&Envrnmtl Policy Taught course 2020
  • Nat Resources&Envrnmtl Policy Taught course 2020
  • Nat Resources&Envrnmtl Policy Taught course 2020
  • Nat Resources&Envrnmtl Policy Taught course 2020
  • Resolving Environmtl Conflicts Taught course 2020
  • Work Experience Taught course 2020
  • Intl Envrnmt Politics&Policies Taught course 2019
  • Work Experience Taught course 2019
  • Nat Resources&Envrnmtl Policy Taught course 2019
  • Nat Resources&Envrnmtl Policy Taught course 2019
  • Nat Resources&Envrnmtl Policy Taught course 2019
  • Nat Resources&Envrnmtl Policy Taught course 2019
  • Resolving Environmtl Conflicts Taught course 2019
  • Work Experience Taught course 2019
  • Intl Envrnmt Politics&Policies Taught course 2018
  • Work Experience Taught course 2018
  • Work Experience Taught course 2018
  • Nat Resources&Envrnmtl Policy Taught course 2018
  • Nat Resources&Envrnmtl Policy Taught course 2018
  • Nat Resources&Envrnmtl Policy Taught course 2018
  • Nat Resources&Envrnmtl Policy Taught course 2018
  • Resolving Environmtl Conflicts Taught course 2018
  • Work Experience Taught course 2018
  • Intl Envrnmt Politics&Policies Taught course 2017
  • Resolving Environmtl Conflicts Taught course 2017
  • Resolving Environmtl Conflicts Taught course 2016
  • Intl Envrnmt Politics&Policies Taught course 2015
  • Resolving Environmtl Conflicts Taught course 2015
  • Education And Training

  • B.A. Biology and Philosophy of Science, University of Pennsylvania
  • M. Environmental Science, Yale University
  • Ph.D. Urban and Regional Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Full Name

  • Catherine Ashcraft