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Indiana University

Tatyana B. Ruseva


Public Affairs

Exam and Minor Fields:

Major: Policy Analysis, Environmental Policy
Minor: Institutional Analysis

Special Skills and/or Knowledge Base:

  • Excellent teaching skills (E466/ E535 International Environmental Policy; K300 Statistical Techniques, special topics class in the Labor Studies Program at IUB)
  • Theory: Policy process theories, institutional theories, collaborative management, social network approaches; international relations theory; international environmental law; policy sciences; environmental policy and management
  • Methods: Quantitative analytical skills (Stata, Spss, UCINET)

Dissertation Title:

Private Forest Governance: The Knowledge Path to Ecosystem Service Delivery

Dissertation Committee:

  • Burnell Fischer (Chair)
  • Michael McGuire
  • Roger Parks
  • Tom Evans (Geography)

Current Dissertation Progress and Expected Defense Date:

Progress: proposal defended 04/2009. Data collection completed; analysis and writing in process. Poster to be presented to the 31st Annual Conference of the Association of Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) “The Private Delivery of Public Services: Understanding Private Forest Arrangements for Ecosystem Service Delivery”, Washington, D.C, Nov. 4-7, 2009.

Expected Defense Date: May 2010

Dissertation Abstract:

My dissertation study focuses on the role of collaboration and social networks in the management of private forests. Specifically, it examines the implications of the interactions among natural resource professionals, resource owners, and other actors, for the social (collaborative networks) and environmental (rate of forest loss/growth) outcomes of private forest management in Indiana. Understanding how social interactions affect forest cover change on private lands is a timely endeavor, particularly as the public benefits provided by forests in the form of ecosystem services (carbon storage, clean air, water, etc.) gain prominence in the policy realm and the share of privately-owned forests continues to grow, globally.

In my dissertation, I draw on theory and methods from the fields of collaborative management, agency theory, institutional analysis, and social network analysis. Empirical chapters address: the role of state service foresters (district foresters) in shaping land-use decision-making on private lands; the nature of collaborative networks among actors in the private forest sector; and the implications of these structures for ecosystem service delivery from private forests. Methodologically, I employ household-level survey data of landowners in Indiana (1998, 2003, 2008), a survey of district foresters (2009), in-depth interviews of five egocentric forestry networks, as well as land cover classification data. Preliminary findings show the importance of forestry expertise and collaborations among natural resource professionals for effective administration of landowner assistance programs.