Nicole Darnall

  • Senior Sustainability Scholar, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
  • Associate Professor, School of Sustainability
  • Associate Professor, School of Public Affairs , College of Public Programs

School of Public Affairs
Arizona State University
PO Box 873720
Tempe, AZ 85287-3720


For almost two decades Dr. Darnall has been examining firms' sustainability responses to the regulatory and social setting. Her research investigates the reasons why companies supply sustainability strategies, whether these strategies improve the environment, and whether companies that improve the natural environmental also derive business value. More recently she has begun to assess consumers' demand for corporate green strategy and how this demand might be influenced through public policy or business initiatives.

Darnall is a Collaborative Visiting Fellow with the Economic and Social Research Council and the Social Science Research Council, and an Erasmus Mundus International Scholar. She has been awarded the Academy of Management, Organizations and Natural Environment Division's Emerging Scholar Award for research excellence, and its Best Paper Award. Dr. Darnall's scholarship has also received the Decision Science Institute's Distinguished Paper Award. She sits on the Editorial Review Boards of Journal of Business Ethics and Business & Society.

Before joining ASU, Dr. Darnall was Associate Professor of Management and Public Policy at George Mason University, and Assistant Professor of Public Administration at North Carolina State University. Prior to Dr. Darnall's academic career, she worked at Resources for the Future and was an economist for the U.S. Forest Service.


green consumerism; information-based environmental policies; self-regulation strategies; sustainable enterprise; voluntary environmental programs; corporate social responsibility; environmental policy; green business practices


    Ph.D., Public Policy Analysis, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, 2002

    M.S., Policy Development and Program Evaluation, Vanderbilt University, 1998

    M.A., Economics, University of Texas-Arlington, 1995

    B.A., Economics, Psychology, New Mexico State University, 1991

Journal Articles


Darnall, N. and W. Kim. 2012. Which types of environmental management systems are related to greater environmental improvements?. Public Adminstration Review 72(3):351-365. DOI: 10.1111/j.1540-6210.2011.02503.x. (link)

Kurapatskie, B. and N. Darnall. 2012. Which corporate sustainability activities are associated with greater financial payoffs?. Business Strategy and the Environment 22(1):49-61. DOI: 10.1002/bse.1735.DOI: 10.1002/bse.1735. (link)


Arimura, T., N. Darnall and H. Katayama. 2011. Is ISO 14001 a gateway to more advanced environmental actions? The case for green supply chain management. Journal of Environmental Economics and Management 61(2):170-182.

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Book Chapters


Darnall, N. and S. Sides. 2012. Assessing the performance of voluntary environmental programs: Does certification matter?. In: Georg, S. and A. J. Hoffman eds., Business and the Natural Environment. Routledge.

Darnall, N., C. Ponting and D. Vazquez-Brust. 2012. Why consumers buy green. Pp. 287-308 In: Vazquez-Brust, D. and J. Sarkis eds., Green-Growth: Managing the Transition to Sustainable Capitalism. Springer.


Lin, H. and N. Darnall. 2010. Strategic alliances for environmental protection. Pp. 233-246 In: Sarkis, J., J. Cordeiro and D. Vazquez-Brust eds., Facilitating Sustainable Innovation through Collaboration: A Multistakeholder Perspective. Springer.

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