Paul Hirsch, Ph.D., is an associate professor of environmental studies at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science of Forestry (ESF), where he works on problems at the intersection of science, philosophy, and public policy. Research topics have included the scale mismatch between environmental problems and institutional solutions; complex trade-offs between biodiversity conservation and human well-being; the role of scientific knowledge in polarized debates; the inclusion of marginalized perspectives in decision-making; and strategies for overcoming the barriers to research collaborations across the boundaries of discipline and sector.
Paul has served on the Board of the Association for Interdisciplinary Studies, and as a fellow with Planet Forward; with Arizona State University’s (ASU) Center for Organization Research and Design; and with the State University of New York Research Foundation. Prior to joining the faculty at ESF, he was a research director at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University’s Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration, and a researcher for the MacArthur funded initiative “Advancing Conservation in a Social Context: Working in a World of Trade-offs,” run through ASU’s Global Institute of Sustainability. He received his doctorate in environmental policy from the Georgia Institute of Technology’s School of Public Policy, his master’s degree from the Odum School of Ecology at the University of Georgia, and his bachelor’s degree from Cornell University.
In addition to his research, Paul develops and facilitates unique integrative approaches to public engagement and collaborative problem-solving. Most recently, he is the lead developer for ESF’s Online Graduate Certificate in Environmental Leadership.