Journal of Natural Resources Policy Research
Journal of Natural Resources Policy Research
Journal Title: Journal of Natural Resources Policy Research
ISSN: 1939-0459
ISSN Online: 1939-0467
Publication Frequency: 4 isues per year
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Aim & Scope: Journal of Natural Resources Policy Research publishes original policy-oriented papers addressing a broad range of natural resource fields including water, minerals, energy, fisheries, and forestry in a synthesizing fashion, rather than as stand-alone specialty areas. It will also publish papers on the natural resource implications of climate change, natural disasters, and biodiversity loss, among others. The papers, ideally, will be based on both conceptual and empirical studies and will be primarily policy-focused. Our goal is to foster productive dialog among the disparate sectors in the broad field of natural resources and among various social science perspectives leading to an improved understanding of institutional and economic dynamics and informed policy making.

This is a largely social-sciences-focused journal including such fields as economics, sociology, geography, political science, anthropology, public administration, ethics and other disciplines relevant to the crafting of efficient, equitable and sustainable natural resources policies. Also, disciplines that may be conventionally outside the social sciences field, such as planning, management and law, which have relevance to natural resources policy formulation, will be included. Natural and physical scientists writing for a social science audience are also welcome contributors. To the extent possible, we will try to make the journal cross-disciplinary and transnational in scope.

We invite original papers in policy analysis, policy modeling, policy surveys and synthesis, institutional analysis, conceptual/theoretical papers, case studies and case histories from academic and non-academic experts in the natural resources and environmental field.

Thoughts on Journal of Natural Resources Policy Research :

"What a wonderful idea for a policy journal addressing natural resources...I wish you success in launching the Journal."
- Joanne Linnerooth-Bayer, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Austria

"I share your belief that there is a need for a policy-focused interdisciplinary journal that cuts across natural resource management/problem domains. This is an exciting project likely to be of wide interest."
- Steven A. Wolf, Cornell University, New York, USA

"The approach you have defined for the journal is badly needed in the field."
- Harry N. Scheiber, UC Berkeley, California, USA


The target audience consists of academics, researchers, planners, policy analysts, and decision-makers in the natural resources and allied fields at local, national and international levels. Other relevant groups include international agencies, environmental organizations, NGO groups and other stakeholder groups involved in natural resource policy making.

Peer Review Statement
Journal of Natural Resources Policy Research is an international, peer-reviewed journal which publishes original research contributions to scientific knowledge.

All manuscript submissions are subject to initial appraisal by the Editor, and, if found suitable for further consideration, to peer review by independent, anonymous expert referees.

All peer review is double blind and submission is online via ScholarOne.


Subjects Covered & Scope: Agriculture & Environmental Sciences; Conservation - Environment Studies; Earth Sciences; Earth Sciences; Engineering & Technology; Environment & Agriculture; Environment & Resources; Environment and Sustainability; Environmental Management; Environmental Policy; Environmental Studies; Fisheries Science; Forestry; Geochemistry; Mineralogy & Petrology; Power & Energy; Renewable Energy; Resource Management - Environmental Studies; Supplementary material
Editor Board:


Professor (Emeritus) Chennat Gopalakrishnan, University of Hawaii at Manoa, USA



Dr. Dusan Drabik, Wageningen University, Netherlands

Dr. Dannele Peck, University of Wyoming, USA

Dr. Robert Richardson, Michigan State University, USA

Dr. Marc Stern, Virginia Tech, USA


Professor Robert Hearne, North Dakota State University, USA


Professor David Alexander, University College London, UK

Professor Asit K. Biswas, Third World Centre for Water Management, Mexico

Dr. Richard Damania, World Bank, Washington DC, USA

Professor Carl Evensen, University of Hawaii at Manoa, USA

Professor Anthony Fisher, University of California at Berkeley, USA

Professor Ray Huffaker, University of Florida, USA

Professor Randall Kramer, Duke University, USA

Professor John Loomis, Colorado State University, USA

Professor Robert Mendelsohn, Yale University, USA

Professor Ari M. Michelson, Texas A&M University, El Paso, USA

Professor Alan Randall, University of Sydney, Australia

Professor Geoffrey Rothwell, Stanford University, USA
Professor Filippo Sabetti, McGill University, Canada
Professor Harry N. Scheiber, University of California at Berkeley, USA
Professor (Emeritus) Robert M. Solow, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
Dr. Alessandro Tavoni, London School of Economics, UK   
Dr. Cecilia Tortajada, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Singapore
Professor David Weisbach, University of Chicago, USA

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