A Global View of Policies Impacting Forests and Forestry

Tuesday, May 3, 2011
3:30 pm to 5:00 pm
107 Richardson Hall, College of Forestry, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR

Professional Preparation

Carleton University. BA. 1986 (Highest Honours in Political Science)
Carleton University. MA 1988 (Political Science)
University of Toronto. Ph.D 1997 (Political Science)       


  • Professor, Environmental Governance & Political Science, School of Forestry and Environmental Studies 2007- Present
  • Professor (courtesy appointment), Department of Political Science, Yale University 2008- present
  • Associate Professor, School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Yale University, July 1 2004 – June 30, 2007
  • Visiting Fellow, School of Resources, Environment & Society, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia (August 2004 through June 2005).
  • Assistant Professor, School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Yale University, August 2001- June 30, 2004
  • Assistant Professor, Forest Policy and Economics, School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, Auburn University, August 1998-2001
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Forest Economics and Policy Analysis (FEPA) Research Unit,  University of British Columbia. August 1997-July 1998 

Publications most closely related to the proposal (5)

2004     Benjamin Cashore, Graeme Auld and Deanna Newsom, Governing Through Markets: Forest Certification and the Emergence of Non-State Authority Yale University Press, London and New Haven. Total pp. 327

2002     Benjamin Cashore, “Legitimacy and the Privatization of Environmental Governance: How-Non State Market-Driven (NSMD) Governance Systems Gain Rule Making Authority”. Governance: An International Journal of Policy and Administration, vol. 15, no. 4 (October), pp. 503-529

2007     Steven Bernstein and Benjamin Cashore, “Can Non-State Global Governance be Legitimate?: A Theoretical Framework”, Regulation and Governance 1, pp.1-25

2006     Benjamin Cashore, Fred Gale, Errol Meidinger and Deanna Newsom (eds). Confronting Sustainability: Forest Certification in Developing and Transitioning Societies, (with Gale, Meidinger and Newsom). Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies Publication Series, New Haven. Total pp. 617.

2009     Constance McDermott, Benjamin Cashore and Peter Kanowski, “Setting the Bar: An International Comparison of Public and Private Forest Policy Specifications and Implications For Explaining Policy Trends”, special issue on “Forest Science, Forest Knowledge and Forest Policy” Journal of Integrative Environmental Sciences Vol. 6, No. 3, September, pp. 217–237 

Other significant publications (5)

2010     Constance McDermott, Benjamin Cashore and Peter Kanowski, Global Environmental Forest Policies: An      International Comparison Forthcoming, Earthscan, UK

2007     Benjamin Cashore and Michael Howlett, “Punctuating Which Equilibrium? Understanding Thermostatic Policy Dynamics In Pacific Northwest Forestry”, American Journal of Political Science Volume 51, No. 3, July, pp. 532-551.

2007     Benjamin Cashore, Beth Egan, Graeme Auld and Deanna Newsom, “Revising Theories of Non-state Market-Driven (NSMD) Governance:  Lessons from the Finnish Forest Certification Experience” Global Environmental Politics Volume 7, Issue 1 (February), pp. 1-44.

2008     Graeme Auld, Steven Bernstein and Benjamin Cashore, “The New Corporate Social Responsibility”, Annual Review of Environment and Resources Vol. 33, pp. 413–35.

2008     Constance McDermott, Emily Noah and Benjamin Cashore, “Differences that Matter?: A Framework for Comparing Environmental Certification Standards and Government Policies” Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning.  Vol. 10, No. 1 (March), pp: 47-70. 

Synergistic Activities (5)

  • Member, steering committee of the “Sustainability Standards and Certification Assessment”, an outcome of two National Academies of Sciences meetings in 2009 that integrated scholarly and practitioner knowledge on the impacts of certification across sectors, countries, and problems (initial funding from Packard & Walton Family Foundations).
  • External project consultant to the ‘Hermeneutics of Standards’ proposal  Submitted by Prof. Lawrence Busch, to the NEH Collaborative Research Grants Program by the Institute for Food and Agricultural Standards (IFAS) at Michigan State University.
  • Associate editor, Journal of Natural Resource Policy Research (2008- present)
  • Editorial Boards, Journal of Forest Policy and Economics, Journal of Sustainable Forestry, Business and Politics
  • Adjudicator, for The Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning (Formas), ‘Strategic Research Areas’  grant process (May 2009)
  • Member of the Global Forest Expert Panel’s (GFEP),  that will be conducting, and writing, a Global Scientific Assessment on the ‘International Forest Regime’. This effort is initiated through the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF), which includes the United Nations Forum on Forests, the UN’s Food and Agricultural Organization, and the International Union of Forest Research Organizations. I have been charged with spearheading an assessment of the impacts of the international forest regime on domestic forest policy and governance.
  • Convening Lead Author, with Glenn Galloway, “The Ability of institutions to address new challenges”, for the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) forthcoming scientific review on World Forests, Society and Environment. 

Collaborators and Other Affiliations

Collaborators and co-authors: Graeme Auld (Carleton), Volker Bahn (McGill/Wright State)  Cristina Balboa (Yale/Havard/Baruch)  Steven Bernstein (Toronto) Beth Egan (Yale) Rick Fletcher (OSU) , Fred Gale (Tasmania), Stéphane Guéneau (CIRAD, France), Eric Hansen (OSU), Michael Howlett (Simon Fraser University, Singapore), James Lawson (Victoria) Peter Kanowski (Australia), Jonathan Koppell (Yale), Kelly Levin (Yale, World Resources Institute), Aseem Prakash (University of Washington), Constance McDermott (Yale, Oxford) Errol Meidinger (Buffalo), Deanna Newsom (Rainforest Alliance) Emily Noah (Cambridge) Erika Sasser (EPA) 

Graduate Advisors and Postdoctoral Sponsors:

Grace Skogstad (University of Toronto), Richard Simeon (University of Toronto), Jeremy Wilson (University of Victoria) and Ilan Vertinsky (University of British Columbia) 

Thesis Advisor and Postgraduate-Scholar Sponsor:

Doctoral Thesis Advisor: Graeme Auld (Carleton), Cristina Balboa (Baruch), Kelly Levin (WRI). Current doctoral thesis advisor to: Laura Bozzi, Stefan Renckens, Michael Stone  Postgraduate sponsor: Constance McDermott (Oxford)  Masters research projects/theses: Gabriela Alonso (University of Barcelona), Seth Atkinson (Yale Law), Graeme Auld (Carleton), Heidi Binko (Rockefeller Family Fund, Inc.), Marisa Camargo (Indufor), Kathleen Campbell (staff US Senate), Peter Christensen (Yale), Margaret Francis (Rootstown), Ann Grodnik (Seattle-Northwest Securities), Jeni Krencicki (University of Washington), Andrew Kroon (deceased), Beth Larry (Formerly Beth Egan; US Forest Service), Vinicio Linares (Eco Empresarial Consultores), Ahmad Maryudi (Georg-August-Universität Göttingen), Susan Matambo (Global Environment Facility), Deanna Newsom (Rainforest Alliance), John Nixon (Blu Skye Sustainability) Consulting), Emily Noah (Cambridge), Nataliya Plesha (UConn), Dima Reda (Global Environment Facility), Dahvi Wilson (Mountainside Village)