Understanding how and why some forests are fragmented, degraded, and losing species, while other forests are in good condition and even regrowing and expanding, is a puzzle to any thoughtful observer of the environment.

In a world which is experiencing unprecedented degrees of environmental change and degradation at a global scale, one sees evidence of restoration, suggesting that under certain conditions, people can self-organize and stem the steady loss of the ecological systems that sustain us.

At the Center for the Study of Institutions, Population, and Environmental Change (CIPEC) we are dedicated to understanding these processes and sharing this knowledge with the scientific community and the public.

What's New at CIPEC

Call for Proposals: 2014–2015 College Ostrom Grants Programs

Special issue, “Classic Papers Revisited: Symposium on Elinor Ostrom,” Journal of Natural Resources Policy Research 6(4) (Oct.)

Tom Evans, Shahzeen Attari, Beth Plale, Kelly Caylor, & Justin Sheffield awarded NSF funding to study water resources, climate variability

BBC Interview with Lee Alston, “Giant Otters in the Pantanal [Brazil],” on Shared Planet, Sept 9

Lee Alston has been elected President-Elect of the Economic History Association for 2014–2015

Lee Alston named Director of the Ostrom Workshop

"Actual World, Possible Future": A Documentary about the Life and Work of Elinor and Vincent Ostrom (Barbara Allen, director)

August 6, 2014: Lee Alston is named the new Director of the Ostrom Workshop.

Graham Epstein, Jessica Vogt, Sarah Mincey, Michael Cox, and Burney Fischer have won the 2nd annual Ostrom Memorial Award for Most Innovative Paper of the Year from the International Journal of the Commons.