Michael Schoon is an assistant professor in Arizona State University's School of Sustainability, focusing on policy and governance in sustainable systems. His dissertation work at Indiana University's Ostrom Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis, focused on transboundary protected areas or Peace Parks in southern Africa which won the American Political Science Association’s best dissertation award. Following that, he began as a research associate for the Center for the Study of Institutional Diversity, also at ASU, where he conducts further research on collaboration across borders from those between landowners, governmental agencies, and nation-states. For these projects, he looks at collaborative, cross-border institutional arrangements covering a range of environmental issues from biodiversity conservation to water sharing to fire management in the Arizona borderlands. His work combines multiple methodological approaches and looks at causal clusters for the formation and governance outcomes of institutional arrangements.
Dr. Schoon is active in international research communities on resilience, robustness, and complex systems through the Resilience Alliance and the Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics. He serves on the board for IUCN's Transboundary Conservation Specialist Group, which advises academics and practitioners on large-scale, cross-border conservation. Finally, he serves as co-Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of the Commons, the leading journal in common-pool resource management.
Ph.D., Environmental Policy, Public Policy, and International Relations, Indiana University, 2008
M.B.A., Indiana University, 1999
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Arizona, 1993
B.S., Aerospace Engineering, University of Arizona, 1993
Childs, C., A. M. York, D. White, M. L. Schoon and G. S. Bodner. 2013. Navigating a murky adaptive comanagement governance network: Agua Fria watershed, Arizona, USA. Ecology and Society 18(4):Art. 11. DOI: 10.5751/ES-05636-180411. (link)
Biggs, R., M. Schluter, D. Biggs, E. L. Bohensky, S. BurnSilver, G. Cundill, V. Dakos, T. M. Daw, L. S. Evans, K. Kotschy, A. M. Leitch, C. Meek, A. Quinlan, C. Raudsepp-Heame, M. D. Robards, M. L. Schoon, L. Schultz and P. C. West. 2012. Toward principles for enhancing the resilience of ecosystem services. Annual Review of Environment and Resources 37:421-448. DOI: 10.1146/annurev-environ-051211-123836. (link)
Salau, K., M. L. Schoon, J. Baggio and M. Janssen. In Press. Varying effects of connectivity and dispersal on interacting species dynamics. Ecological Modelling
Schoon, M. L. and M. E. Cox. 2012. Understanding disturbances and responses in social-ecological systems. Society and Natural Resources 25(2):141-155.
Baggio, J., K. Salau, M. Janssen, M. L. Schoon and O. Bodin. 2011. Landscape connectivity and predator-prey population dynamics. Landscape Ecology 26(1):33-45. DOI: DOI: 10.1007/s10980-010-9493-y. (link)
Biggs, D., R. Biggs, V. Dakos, R. J. Scholes and M. L. Schoon. 2011. Are we entering an era of concatenated global crises?. Ecology and Society 16(2):Art. 27. (link)
Robards, M., M. L. Schoon, C. Meek and N. Engle. 2011. The importance of social drivers in the resilient provision of ecosystem services. Global Environmental Change 21(2):522-529.
Schoon, M. L. and A. M. York. 2011. Cooperation across boundaries: The role of political entrepreneurs in environmental collaboration. Journal of Natural Resource Policy Research 3(2):113-123.
Schoon, M. L., C. Fabricius, J. M. Anderies and M. C. Nelson. 2011. Synthesis: Vulnerability, traps, and transformations – long-term perspectives from archaeology. Ecology and Society 16(2):Art. 24. (link)
York, A. M. and M. L. Schoon. 2011. Collaboration in the shadow of the Wall: Shifting power in the borderlands. Policy Sciences 44:345-365.
York, A. M. and M. L. Schoon. 2011. Collective action on the Western range: Coping with external and internal threats. International Journal of the Commons 5(2):388-409. (link)
Dressler, W., B. Buscher, M. L. Schoon, D. Brockington, T. Hayes, C. Kull, J. McCarthy and K. Streshta. 2010. From hope to crisis and back again? A critical history of the Global CBNRM Narrative. Environmental Conservation 37(1):1-11.
Cox, J., E. Ostrom, J. Walker, J. Castillo, E. Coleman, R. Holahan, M. L. Schoon and B. Steed. 2009. Trust in private and common property experiments. Southern Economics Journal 75(4):957-975.
Buscher, B. and M. L. Schoon. 2008. Competition over conservation: Governance, the state and negotiating transfrontier conservation. Journal of International Wildlife Law and Policy 12(2):33-59.
Janssen, M. A., M. L. Schoon, K. Borner and W. Ke. 2006. Scholarly networks on resilience, vulnerability, and adaptation. Global Environmental Change 16(3):240-252.