Ostrom wins Nobel Prize in Economics

Just wanted to share my pleasure, a little belatedly (though I’ve blogged about it elsewhere), about Elinor Ostrom’s being awarded a Nobel Prize for Economics. Ostrom is a political scientist whose work on the commons is central to reconceptualizing the human capacity to manage commonly held resources.

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Is there an Environmental Studies canon?

An e-mail asking about an “environmental studies canon,” sent recently by veteran environmental writer John Lane to the ASLE listserv, might have flared up into a full-throttle debate over the joys and pitfalls of disciplinary canonization, but quickly fizzled out, probably due to its coinciding with the end of summer and beginning of the fall […]

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To kick-start some conversation here, I would like to invite ETC faculty and grad students to share a few sentences about 1 or 2 books you’ve recently read that you consider essential reading in the environmental thought and culture field (however you choose to define that field). If you can throw in a link to […]


Welcome to the Environmental Thought & Culture weblog. This will be a space for announcements related to the Environmental Thought and Culture graduate concentration of the University of Vermont’s Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources. It will also be a moderated public forum where faculty, students, and interested others can share thoughts on topics […]