Nives Dolšak

Nives Dolšak

Affiliate Professor

B.A. Economics, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
Ph.D., Jointly, Department of Political Science and School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University, Bloomington

Email: nives@uw.edu
Website: http://faculty.washington.edu/nives/


I believe that formal education should equip students with conceptual tools as well as train them to apply these tools to practical issues. I impart knowledge through multiple routes. My lectures focus on theoretical and conceptual issues as well as on their policy implications. I use simulation games to illustrate both theoretical issues as well as the use of policy instruments. Rather than passively studying the presented material, my students take an active role in the learning process. They engage in individual and group research projects on topics close to their interests. I require that my students regularly write me memos in which they reflect on and critique the required readings. I provide regular feedback on these memos and incorporate them in our in-class discussions. For me, teaching is a life-long opportunity to learn from my students and their work.

Recent Courses Taught

I teach graduate courses in the School of Marine and Environmental Affairs, University of Washington Seattle. My recently taught courses include: Marine policy analysis, International organizations and ocean management,  Governmental responses to global climate change,  and Economic Development and the Environment. Prior to coming to the School of Marine and Environmental Affairs,  I taught at School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, University of Washington-Bothell and at Indiana University-Bloomington. There, I taught courses on Environmental policy, Energy policy,  Policy process, Policy Analysis, Program evaluation, and Research Design. 


I examine institutional challenges in governing common pool resources at multiple levels of aggregation. I have co-edited two volumes. The first volume, The Drama of the Commons, was published under the aegis of the National Academy of Sciences/National Research Council’s Committee on Human Dimensions of Global Change.  This interdisciplinary volume reviews theoretical advancements in the study of common pool resources that have been made in the last 15 years and provides a fairly broad introduction to the field for readers unfamiliar with it and provocative research suggestions for researchers. The second volume,  The Commons in the New Millennium: Challenges and Adaptation, co-edited with Professor Elinor Ostrom, the MIT Press, analyzes new challenges that owners, managers, policy makers, and analysts face in managing natural commons, such as forests, water resources, and fisheries.

My other published work includes journal articles examining countries' responses to mitigation of global climate change, media coverage and its impact on climate change legislative agenda in the U.S. states, national implementation of climate change policy, the impact of civil society in environmental policy in transitional economies, the role of adaptive management in global climate policy, the link between donors' commercial interests and the location of environmental aid projects, the impact of voting in international environmental regimes on bilateral aid allocations, applicability of tradable permits in common-pool resource management, factors impacting the choice of policy instruments, and barriers for adoption of energy efficient technologies in transitional economies. My recent projects include: (1) how civil society affects environmental institutions and outcomes in Central and Eastern Europe; (2) collaborative management for salmon recovery in Washington and Oregon (with  Sara Singleton and Mark Lubell); (3) social indicators for integrated ecosystem assessment of Puget Sound and California Current (with Peneloppe Dalton, Phil Levine, Karma Norman, Sara Breslow, and Melissa Poe); and (4) city level climate change policies in European Union (with Endre Tvinnereim).

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Nives Dolšak and Kristen Houston. 2014. “Newspaper Coverage and Climate Change Legislative Activity across US States.” Global Policy, 5(3): 286-297.

Nives Dolšak and Emily C. Bowerman.  2013. “Do We Know Each Other? Bilateral Ties and the Location of Clean Development Mechanism Projects.”  Climatic Change, 118 (34): 521-536. 

Nives Dolšak. 2013. “Climate Change Policies in the Transitional Economies of Europe and Eurasia.” Voluntas, 24 (2): 382-402.

Nives Dolšak and Karen Sampson. 2012. “Diffusion of Market Instruments: The Case of Air Pollution.” Administration and Society. 44(3): 310-342.


Nives Dolšak and Elinor Ostrom (editors). 2003. The Commons in the New Millennium: Challenges and Adaptation. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press. (2nd Printing)

Elinor Ostrom, Thomas Dietz, Nives Dolšak, Paul Stern, Susan Stonich, and Elke Weber (editors). 2002. The Drama of the Commons. Washington D.C.: National Academy Press.