Paul Hirsch

Paul Hirsch

Paul Hirsch is Assistant Professor of Environmental Policy at SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry.  He recently served as Presidential Fellow for the SUNY-wide “Networks of Excellence” Initiative, where he was tasked with helping to overcome barriers to large-scale research collaborations. Hirsch’s work involves developing approaches to policy analysis and collaborative problem solving that engage with the complexities that emerge when science, politics, and values intersect.  Research topics have included the scale mismatch between environmental problems and institutional solutions; trade-offs between biodiversity conservation and human wellbeing; and deliberative processes to improve the application of scientific research to social problem solving.

Dr. Hirsch has worked with a variety of national and international partners to help identify and overcome barriers to inter-disciplinary and inter-institutional collaboration, including the World Wildlife Fund, the MacArthur Foundation, the Peruvian Society for Environmental Law, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, the SUNY Research Foundation, and Cornell Cooperative Extension.

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