Nives Dolšak, Ph.D.

Professor, School of Marine and Environmental Affairs

Director, School of Marine and Environmental Affairs

Stan and Alta Barer Endowed Professorship in Sustainability Science in honor of Edward L. Miles

Adjunct Professor, Department of Political Science

Research areas

Nives Dolšak studies how common pool resources are governed. She looks at the role of community action, social capital, market-based instruments, as well as traditional regulatory policies. Her research has examined these issues in the context of Washington State, the United States, Eastern and Central Europe, as well as the whole world. A special area of focus is on global climate change policies that have been developed and implemented from the local to international level. She has published in leading journals of environmental studies, public policy, and nonprofits. As a private citizen and not representing the views of the University of Washington, she also contributes to public scholarship via platforms such as The Washington Post, The Hill, Slate, Huffpost, The Conversation, Regulatory Review,, and Opendemocracy. Dr. Dolšak received her Joint Ph.D. in Public Policy and International Relations from Indiana University, Bloomington.

Dr. Dolšak teaches:

  • SMEA 201: Climate Governance
  • SMEA 507: International Organizations and Ocean Management
  • SMEA 519: Marine Policy Analysis
  • SMEA 521: Governmental Responses to Global Climate Change
  • SMEA 530: Economic Development and the Environment

Selected publications

Refereed Books

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.

Refereed Journal Articles

N. Dolšak, C. Adolph, A. Prakash. “Policy Design and Public Support for Carbon Tax: Evidence from a 2018 U.S. National Online Survey Experiment.” Public Administration, February 2020.

L. Evans, N. Dolšak, M. Plog, A. Prakash. 2020. “Native American Tribal Governments, Cross-sectoral Climate Policy, and the Role of Intertribal Networks.” Climatic Change, 160: 35-43.

S.M. Karceski, N. Dolšak, A. Prakash, T.N. Ridout. 2020. “Did TV ads funded by fossil fuel industry defeat the Washington carbon tax?” Climatic Change, 158: 301-307.

R. Scurlock, N. Dolšak, A. Prakash. 2020. “Recovering from Scandals: Twitter Coverage of Oxfam and Save the Children Scandals.” Voluntas. 31:94-110.

A. Prakash, N. Dolšak. 2019. “Delhi’s Air Pollution: A Failure of Democratic Governance.” Global Asia, 14(4): 14-19.

S. Iyengar, N. Dolšak, A. Prakash. 2019. “Selectively Assertive: Interventions of India’s Supreme Court to Enforce Environmental Laws.” Sustainability, 11(24), 7234.

D. Javeline, N. Dolšak, A. Prakash. 2019. “Adapting to water impacts of climate change.” Climatic Change, 152(2): 1-5.

B. Greenhill, N. Dolšak, A. Prakash. 2018. “Exploring the Adaptation-Mitigation Relationship: Does Information on the Costs of Adapting to Climate Change Influence Support for Mitigation?” Environmental Communication, 12(7):911-927.

N. Dolšak, A. Prakash. 2018. “The Politics of Climate Change Adaptation.” Annual Review of Environment and Resources, Vol. 43, October 2018.

N. Dolšak, A. Prakash. 2017. “Join the Club: How the Domestic NGO Sector Induces Participation in the Covenant of Mayors Program”. International Interaction, 43(1): 26-77.

M. Allen, S. Bird, S. Beslow, and N. Dolšak. 2017. “Stronger together: strategies to protect local sovereignty, ecosystems, and place-based communities from the global fossil fuel trade”. Marine Policy. Vol. 80 (June 2017): 168-176

E. Chrun, N. Dolšak, and A. Prakash. 2016. “Corporate Environmentalism: Motivations and Mechanisms.” Annual Review of Environment and Resources. Vol. 41: 341-362.

N. Hrovatin, N. Dolšak, and J. Zorić. 2016. “Factors impacting investments in energy efficiency and clean technologies: empirical evidence from Slovenian manufacturing firms”. Journal of Cleaner Production. (127); 475-486.

C. C. Hicks, A. Levine, A. Agrawal, X. Basurto, S. Breslow, C. Carothers, S. Charnley, S. Coulthard, N. Dolšak, J. Donatuto, C. Garcia-Quijano, M. B. Mascia, K. Norman, M. Poe, T. Satterfield, K. St. Martin, P. S. Levin. “Charting progress towards a sustainable future requires concrete engagement with key social concepts.” Science. 01 Apr 2016: Vol. 352, Issue 6281, pp. 38-40.