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Journal of Natural Resources Policy Research

Laura McCann, Editor


Biannual Publication
ISSN 1939-0459
E-ISSN 1939-0467
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Journal of Natural Resources Policy Research

Laura McCann, Editor

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Journal of Natural Resources Policy Research publishes original policy-oriented articles addressing a broad range of natural resource fields including water, minerals, energy, fisheries, and forestry in a synthesizing fashion, rather than as stand-alone specialty areas. It also publishes articles on the natural resource implications of climate change, natural disasters, and biodiversity loss, among others. Articles, ideally, will be based on conceptual and empirical studies and will be primarily policy-focused. The journal's goal is to foster productive dialog among the disparate sectors in the broad field of natural resources and among various social science perspectives leading to an improved understanding of institutional and economic dynamics and informed policy making.

Special Issue: Institutional Success in Natural Resources Policy. Please see the Submissions tab for details.

Laura McCann, University of Missouri, USA

Editorial Board
David Alexander, University College London, UK
Asit K. Biswas, Third World Centre for Water Management, Mexico
Richard Damania, World Bank, Washington, DC, USA
Anthony Fisher, University of California at Berkeley, USA
Ray Huffaker, University of Florida, USA
Randall Kramer, Duke University, USA
John Loomis, Colorado State University, USA
Robert Mendelsohn, Yale University, USA
Alan Randall, University of Sydney, Australia
Geoffrey Rothwell, Stanford University, USA
Filippo Sabetti, McGill University, Canada
Harry N. Scheiber, University of California at Berkeley, USA
Robert M. Solow, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
Alessandro Tavoni, London School of Economics, UK
Cecilia Tortajada, University of Glasgow
Rick van der Ploeg, University of Oxford, UK
David Weisbach, University of Chicago, USA

Founding Editor
Chennat Gopalakrishnan, University of Hawaii at Manoa, USA

Journal of Natural Resources Policy Research is an international, peer-reviewed journal that publishes original research contributions to scientific knowledge. All manuscript submissions are subject to initial appraisal by the editor, and, if found suitable for further consideration, to peer review by independent, anonymous expert referees. To submit an article, please visit The online system will guide you through the steps to upload your article to the editorial office.

Inquiries may be directed to the editor at .

Special Issue: Institutional Successes in Natural Resources Policy

There are many examples of institutional and policy failures with respect to natural resource and environmental issues. Examples include the natural resource curse, depletion of common pool resources, and the world’s inability to successfully address climate change. Institutions that fail to keep up with social, economic, technological, environmental, political, and cultural changes become less efficient and effective.

What is less obvious is examples of success where institutions or rules of the game have changed to improve natural resource use and environmental quality. New Zealand’s creation of tradable fishing quotas is a widely emulated example of institutional innovation. Eleanor Ostrom’s work highlighted successes in collective action to manage natural resources. Institutional resilience and adaptability as well as institutional innovations can improve efficiency, reduce conflict, and improve management of natural resources and the environment.

This special issue of the Journal of Natural Resources Policy Research will serve to highlight other examples of successful solutions. We are seeking original contributions that will clarify and illuminate all aspects of institutional and policy successes, current or historical, including cases in which there are both winners and losers. Contributions may include empirical analyses of the results of policy innovations, rigorous case studies, or historical or institutional analysis. Cases in which technological change and research findings have facilitated institutional innovation are also of interest. The scope may include institutional successes at the local, regional, national or international levels. Interdisciplinary papers are especially welcome. Papers should include lessons learned to facilitate replication of successful institutional innovations.

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