Associate Professor, Director of Natural Resources Program

In my teaching and research, I focus on how we define the intersection of the public interest with environment and natural resources through collective processes in varied organizational settings. This includes addressing dimensions of social justice and equity in environment and natural resources.

My graduate students have worked on projects related to forest and watershed policy and planning with consideration of citizen participation, the integration of science and social values, and definitions of property. I also have collaborated with colleagues to assess policy and planning dimensions of non-timber forest product gathering and the organizational dynamics of linking population, health, and environment projects. In my current research, I work with colleagues to better understand how we define and address climate change in multi-jurisdictional settings for watershed and forest ecosystem planning and management.


Selected Publications and Technical Reports

Nash, J., C. Ginger & L. Cartier. 2016. The sustainable-luxury contradiction: Evidence from a consumer study of marine cultured-pearl jewelry. Journal of Corporate Citizenship 2016(63): 73-95

Ginger, C. 2014. Integrating knowledge, interests & values through modelling in participatory processes: Dimensions of legitimacy. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management 57(5): 643-659

Ginger, C., M.R. Emery, M.J. Baumflek, & D.E. Putnam. 2012. Broadening definitions of access to natural resources on private property: Dimensions beyond right of entry. Society & Natural Resources 25(7): 700-715

Emery, M.R. & C. Ginger. 2014. Planning for nontimber forest products management in the United States: Lessons learned from research on the Green Mountain Finger Lakes National Forest. General Technical Report, USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station

Brewer, K. & C. Ginger. 2013. Hosting RACE: Building capacity for multicultural education in an environmental museum: Summary and recommendations for ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center. Prepared for and presented to ECHO leadership team

Gaddis, E., H. Harp, C. Ginger, & A. Voinov. 2010. Effectiveness of a participatory modeling effort to identify and advance community water resource goals in St. Albans, Vermont. Environmental Modeling & Software 25(11):1428-1438

Ginger, C. & D. Wang. 2000. Disciplinary integration in graduate natural resources and environmental education. Journal of Public Affairs Education 6(2): 83-94

Ginger, C., D. Wang, & L. Tritton. 1999. Defining and achieving course integration in an undergraduate curriculum.  Journal of Forestry 97(1): 17-21

Clare Ginger

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Instructional programs: Natural Resources; Sustainability, Ecology and Policy
Research: Environmental policy, watershed/forest planning, organization studies


  • Ph.D. 1995 Urban, Technological, and Environmental Planning, University of Michigan
  • M.S. 1992 Natural Resources, University of Michigan
  • M.S.L. 1987 Studies in Law, Vermont Law School (magna cum laude)
  • A.B. 1981 Biology, University of Chicago Academic


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Office Location:

308F Aiken Center, 81 Carrigan Dr.

Courses Taught

Sample Courses Taught

Race & Culture in Natural Resources
Social Processes and the Environment
Legal Aspects of Environmental Planning
Charlie Ross Environmental Public Service Practicum
Politics of Landscape, Place & Nature