Jeremy S. Brooks (PhD)
CBNRM Specialist

Jeremy Brooks is an Assistant Professor in the School of Environment and Natural Resources at Ohio State University (OSU). He is affiliated with the Environmental and Social Sustainability Lab and the Sustainable and Resilient Economy Discovery Theme at OSU. Dr. Brooks conducted his PhD research in Bhutan in 2005 and 2006 and has published several papers related to natural resource management, environmental conservation, and sustainable development in Bhutan.  He collaborates with BIHS to continue to teach and conduct research about these, and related, topics in Bhutan and the Himalayan region.

Area of Expertise

  • Natural Resources Management
  • Environmental Conservation
  • Sustainable development
  • Social Science


  • D. Ecology. University of California, Davis. 2008. Area of Emphasis: Human Ecology
  • S. Biology. Trinity College, Hartford, CT. 1999. Honors in Biology. James Cook University, Townsville Australia. Fall 1997

Professional Experience

  • The Ohio State University. School of Environment and Natural Resources. Assistant Professor. (January 2014 – present).
  • The Ohio State University. School of Environment and Natural Resources. Visiting Assistant Professor. (January 2012 – December 2013).
  • Beckman Institute, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Postdoctoral Research Fellow – Social Dimensions of Environmental Policy (December 2009 – December 2011)
  • Loyola University Chicago. Instructor, Environmental Science and Policy Department, Natural Science Department, Anthropology Department. (August 2008 – June 2009).


Brooks, J.S., Reyes-Garcia, V. and Burnside, W. submitted. Collective action for sustainable resource management through the lens of cultural multilevel selection: Re-examining Balinese Subaks. Sustainability Science.

Brandt, J. Allendorf, T. Radeloff, V. and J.S. Brooks. resubmitted. Impacts of national-level forest management regimes on non-protected forests in the Himalaya. Conservation Biology.

De Nardo*, M. Brooks, J.S., Wilson, C. and S. Klinsky. In press. Status, motivation, and prosocial behavior: exploring perceptions of green consumption and curtailment behaviors. Environment, Systems and Decisions. DOI 10.1007/s10669-017-9624-y

Brooks, J.S. 2017. Project age and design features contribute to joint success in ecological, economic, and social outcomes of community-based conservation projects. Conservation Letters. 10(1): 23-32. DOI: 10.1111/conl.1223.

Brooks, J.S. and C. Wilson. 2015. The influence of contextual cues on the perceived status of consumption-reducing behavior. Ecological Economics. 117. 108-117.

Waring, T.M., Kline, M.A., Brooks, J.S., Goff, S.H., Gowdy, J. ,Janssen, M.A., Smaldino, P.E., and J. Jacquet. 2015. A multi-level evolutionary framework for sustainability analysis. Ecology & Society. 20(2): 34. URL:

Zellner, M. Watkins, C., Massey, D., Westphal, L., Brooks, J.S., K. Ross. 2014. Advancing collective decision making theory with integrated agent-based modeling and ethnographic data analysis: an example in ecological restoration. Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation. 17(4). URL:

Brooks, J.S., Oxley, D., Vedlitz, A., Zahran, S. and C. Lindsay. 2014. Abnormal daily temperature and concern about climate change across the United States. Review of Policy Research. 31(3): 199-217.

Brooks, J.S. 2013. Avoiding the limits to growth: gross national happiness in Bhutan as a model for sustainable development. Sustainability. 5: 3640-3664. URL:

Watkins, C., Massey, D. Brooks, J.S., Ross, K., and M. Zellner. 2013. Understanding the mechanisms of collective decision-making in ecological restoration: an agent-based model of actors and organizations. Ecology and Society. 18(2): 32. URL:

Brooks, J.S., Waylen, K., and M. Borgerhoff Mulder. 2013. Assessing community-based conservation projects: a systematic review and multilevel analysis of attitudinal, behavioral, ecological, and economic outcomes. Environmental Evidence. 2.

Brooks, J.S., Waylen, K., and M. Borgerhoff Mulder. 2012. How national context, project design, and local community characteristics influence success in community-based conservation projects. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 109(52): 21265-21270.

Brooks, J.S. 2011. Economic development, religion, and environmental values in Bhutan: a multilevel analysis. Society and Natural Resources. 24: 637-655.

Brooks, J.S. 2010. The economic and social dimensions of environmental behavior: balancing conservation and development in Bhutan. Conservation Biology. 24: 1499-1509.

Brooks, J.S. and Tshering, D. 2010. Good governance as an obstacle to community-based natural resource management: The harvest of the matsutake mushroom in Bhutan. Environmental Conservation. 37: 336-346.

Brooks, J.S. 2010. The Buddha mushroom: conservation behavior and the development of institutions in Bhutan. Ecological Economics. 60: 779-795.

Brooks, J.S, Franzen, M., Borgerhoff Mulder, M., Holmes, C., and M. Grote. 2006. Testing hypotheses for the success of different conservation strategies. Conservation Biology. 20:1528-1538.

Brooks, J.S., Franzen, M., Borgerhoff Mulder, M., Holmes, C., and M. Grote. 2005.        Development as a conservation tool: Evaluating ecological, economic, behavioural,     and      attitudinal outcomes. Systematic Review No. 20.           Collaboration for Environmental Evidence. Peer reviewed.