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Associate Professor, School of Marine and Environmental Affairs and School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences

Major Interests

  • Common-pool resource governance
  • Environmental Policy
  • Market instruments
  • Human dimensions of global environmental change
  • Climate change policy
  • International environmental regime
  • Quantitative Social Research Methods


  • B.A., Economics, 1992, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia.
  • Joint Ph.D., Department of Political Science and School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University, Bloomington.

Recently taught courses

Development and the Environment
Governmental Responses to Global Climate Change
International Environmental Policy
International Organizations and Ocean Management
Policy Analysis and Program Evaluation
Public Policy Process

Cooperation, Competition, and Conflict
Energy Policy

Selected Publications


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

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.

Recent Articles and Chapters

Nives Dolšak and Kristen Houston. "Newspaper Coverage and Climate Change Legislative Activity across US States." Global Policy, forthcoming. doi: 10.1111/1758-5899.12097.

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. “Rights to Pollute: Assessment of Tradable Permits for Air Pollution.” 2012. In Property in Land and Other Resources, Daniel Cole and Elinor Ostrom (Eds). Cambridge, Massachusetts: Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, pp. 159-187.

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

Nives Dolšak. “Common Goods”. 2010. Invited Core Article, International Encyclopedia of Political Science, George Kurian (Ed). Washington, D.C.: C.Q. Press: 276-280.

Nives Dolšak. 2009. “Climate Change Policy Implementation: A Cross ‐Sectional Analysis.” Review of Policy Research, 26(5): 551-570.

Nives Dolšak. 2007. “An Assessment of Tradable Permits for Common ‐Pool Resources.” Review of Policy Research, 24 (6): 541-565.

Andrew Miller and Nives Dolšak. 2007. “Issue Linkages in International Environmental Policy: International Whaling Commission and Japanese Development Aid.” Global Environmental Politics, 7 (1): 69-96.

Nives Dolšak and Maureen C. Dunn. 2006. “Investments in Global Warming Mitigation: The Case of “Activities Implemented Jointly.”” Policy Science, 39 (3): 233-248.

Awards and Recognitions

Member, Puget Sound Partnership, Science Panel (2013-2017).

Outstanding Teaching Faculty, College of the Environment (approx. 200 faculty), University of Washington, Seattle, 2013.

Nominated for The Marsha L. Landolt Distinguished Graduate Mentor Award, University of Washington, Seattle (2013, 2011, 2006).

Finalist, Distinguished Teaching Award, University of Washington, Bothell (2014, 2009, 2007).