My research improves understanding of human-environment interactions in complex institutional settings, in which patterns of interactions among individual people, organizations, and decision-making processes influence the performance of environmental institutions, which in turn shape environmental outcomes.
In my research I explore questions such as: under what conditions can decision-making processes promote collaborative problem-solving at different administrative, spatial, and temporal scales? What factors shape the use of science in environmental decision-making? Under what conditions can biophysical connectivity (e.g., transmission of wildfire from one forested area to another) facilitate or impede collaborative interactions among resource users and other stakeholders? How can policy-makers constructively address conflict that stems from diverse perspectives on the factors that contribute to long-standing environmental governance challenges?
In this work, I draw upon tools and perspectives from policy, psychological, and environmental sciences, and I collaborative extensively with colleagues from diverse social and natural science backgrounds. My research also involves partnerships with natural resource management practitioners, extensionists, and members of other environmental stakeholder groups.
ENR 4900.01 - Capstone Experience
PROSPECTIVE GRADUATE STUDENTS
I will be accepting graduate students during this upcoming (2019) admissions cycle. For more details, please visit https://matthewlhamilton.github.io/opportunities/.
Hamilton, M. and Lubell, M., 2019. Climate change adaptation, social capital, and the performance of polycentric governance institutions. Climatic Change, 152(3-4): 1-20. doi:10.1007/s10584-019-02380-2.
Hamilton, M., A.P. Fischer, A. Ager. 2019. “A social-ecological network approach for understanding wildfire risk governance.” Global Environmental Change. 54: 113-123. doi:10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2018.11.007.
Hamilton, M. 2018. “Understanding what shapes varying perceptions of the procedural fairness of transboundary environmental decision-making processes.” Ecology and Society. 23(4). doi:10.5751/ES-10625-230448.
Hamilton, M., A.P. Fischer, S. Guikema, G. Keppel-Aleks. 2018. “Behavioral adaptation to climate change in fire-prone forests.” Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change. 9(6): e553 doi:10.1002/wcc.553.
Hamilton, M., M. Lubell, E. Namaganda 2018. “Cross-level linkages in an ecology of climate change adaptation policy games.” Ecology and Society. 23(2). doi:10.5751/ES- 10179-230236.
Hamilton, M., M. Lubell. 2018. “Collaborative governance of climate change across spatial and institutional scales.” Policy Studies Journal. 46(2): 222-247. doi:10.1111/psj.12224. Farzan, S.,
D. J. N. Young, A. G. Dedrick, M. Hamilton, E. C. Porse, P. S. Coates, G. Sampson. 2015. “Western juniper management: assessing policies for improving greater sage-grouse habitat and rangeland productivity.” Environmental Management. 1-9. doi:10.1007/s00267-015-0521-1.
Lubell, M., B. B. Cutts, L. M. Roche, M. Hamilton, J. D. Derner, E. Kachergis, and K.W. Tate. 2013. “Conservation Program Participation and Adaptive Rangeland Decision- Making.” Rangeland Ecology and Management. 66(6): 609-620. doi:10.2111/rem-d-13- 00025.1.