2010 Rachel Carson Lecture by Elinor Ostrom

2010 Rachel Carson Lecture by Elinor Ostrom

Elinor Ostrom delivered the 2010 Rachel Carson Lecture, "Institutional Robustness: How Institutional Arrangements Facilitate or Detract from Efforts to Sustain Ecological Systems" on Dec. 10, 2010 in the Lincoln Room of the Kellogg Center.

Ostrom is the first woman to win the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences. She is recognized around the world for her groundbreaking research, teaching and scholarship on the complexity of human social and economic behavior, Ostrom is the Arthur F. Bentley Professor of Political Science and senior research director of the Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis at Indiana University. She received the Nobel Prize in 2009.

"Elinor Ostrom is one of the world's leading scholars on economic governance, especially how common resources such as forests and water are managed," said Jianguo "Jack" Liu, MSU University Distinguished Professor of fisheries and wildlife, who holds the Rachel Carson Chair in Sustainability. He also is director of the MSU Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability. "Her pioneering work has shown that when these common properties are managed by users, the outcomes are better than what's predicted by standard theories."

Liu is known around the world for his work on environmental sustainability and complex relationship between human and natural systems and is the lead investigator of the International Network of Research on Coupled Human and Natural Systems (CHANS-Net), funded by the National Science Foundation. Ostrom serves on the CHANS-Net Advisory Board and has collaborated with several faculty members at CSIS, including Thomas Dietz, professor of sociology; Bill Taylor, university distinguished professor of fisheries and wildlife; Bill McConnell, CSIS associate director; and Liu. She also received an honorary degree while on campus.

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