Sibyl Diver, Ph.D., Research Scientist, Department of Earth System Science, Stanford University. I study issues of  natural resource governance with Indigenous peoples, with a focus on Pacific Northwest salmon watersheds.  This research includes analysis of co-management arrangements (collaborative or cooperative management) between Indigenous communities and state agencies.   By examining natural resource conflict and institutional decision-making in this way, I hope to better understand how changes in environmental governance occur. I am currently working on new project on Indigenous water governance in the Western U.S.

I completed my PhD research at the Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management at UC Berkeley.  Taking a community-engaged scholarship approach, I work with two Pacific Northwest Indigenous communities – the Xaxli’p Indigenous Community in British Columbia, Canada and the Karuk Tribe in Northern California, USA.  Both communities are negotiating with forest management agencies to shift natural resource management practices within disputed aboriginal territories.

Working in the context of coupled social and ecological systems, my research interests include environmental governance, Indigenous land management, environmental justice, community-based natural resource management, commons property resources, participatory research, and political ecology.

This work has been supported by a Berkeley Fellowship for Graduate Study, a National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship, and a NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant.

See December 2018 news article on environmental justice teaching at Stanford, here.

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