James Erbaugh

Doctoral Track: 
Resource Policy and Behavior (RPB)
Entering year: 

M.Phil, University of Oxford, Philosphy (geography and environment)

BA, Miami University, Philosophy (environmental principles)

James (J.T.) is a PhD candidate in Resource Policy and Behavior, affiliated with the International Forestry Resources and Institutions (IFRI) research network. His dissertation focuses on the institutional analysis of forests and development in Indonesia. Specifically, he investigates how national policy and local forest regulation affects forest cover and rural livelihood strategies across and within Indonesian villages. His research combines survey, GIS, and qualitative methodologies. Before coming to Michigan, he taught middle school science on the Navajo Nation through Teach for America (2008-2010) and received a Fulbright ETA grant to teach English in rural Central Java (2010-2011).


James' research has been made possible through funding from the Fulbright Program, Rackham Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, U.S. Borlaug Fellows Program, the Dow Doctoral Fellows Program, the Marans-Chen Fellowship in Survey Methodology, and the Social Science Research Foundation DPDF Program.

Select publications: 

Erbaugh, J., Agrawal, A, and Buckingham, K. (In Review). The lay of the landscape approach: promise and challenges for a new path to sustainable development.

Erbaugh, J., Nurrochmat, D., and Purnomo, H. (2016). Formalization, Regulation, and smallholder timber production in northern Central Java. Agroforestry Systems. DOI: 10.1007/s10457-016-0037-6 

Nurrochmat, D. R., Dharmawan, A. H., Obidzinski, K., Dermawan, A., & Erbaugh, J. (2016). Contesting national and international forest regimes: Case of timber legality certification for community forests in Central Java, IndonesiaForest Policy and Economics.

Erbaugh, J. (2016, July 26th). Book Review: The challenges behind Indonesia’s agricultural matrix. The Jakarta Post. Retrieved from: http://www.thejakartapost.com/academia/2016/07/26/book-review-the-challenges-behind-indonesias-agricultural-matrix.html

Ekayani, M., Nurrochmat, D. R., Saharjo, B. H., & Erbaugh, J.  (2015). Assessing Conformity of Scientific Voices and Local Needs to Combat Forest Fire in IndonesiaJurnal Manajeman Hutan Tropika21(2), 83. 

Nurrochmat, D.R., Yovi, E.Y., Hadiyati, O., Sidiq, M., Erbaugh, J. (2015). Conflicting policies over timber supply and its alarming impacts to the furniture industries of Jepara, Indonesia. Jurnal Manajemen Hutan Tropis

Erbaugh, J. (2013). Governmentalization Beyond the Political Forest: The Formalization of Smallholder Timber Production in Northern Central Java. Master’s Thesis, University of Oxford.