Research Areas

RESL focuses on a range of research areas, all linked by two basic inquiries: how are human relationships with nature structured and governed, and why are they structured and governed the way they are?

There are a wide variety of ways to approach such broad queries, from focusing on individual psychology to chronicling the arc of history. RESL’s approach tends to be institutional and organizational: we focus less on individual action (although we don’t ignore it!) and more on the ways that the structure and form of social institutions and organizations shape environmental politics and governance.

Use the Lab Group menu at the top of the page to learn more about some of RESL’s more specific research areas, each of which contributes to understanding these big areas of inquiry.