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Judy Layzer is a political scientist whose research and teaching focus on the roles of science, values, and storytelling in environmental politics, as well as on the effectiveness of different approaches to environmental planning and management. A current research project investigates how conservative activists have developed a coherent storyline aimed at undermining environmentalism and how conservative ideas have influenced U.S. environmental politics. A second project examines the nature and results of urban sustainability planning and asks: do urban sustainability initiatives significantly reduce cities’ ecological footprint? Which aspects of “green cities” are most effective at reducing cities’ environmental impacts?
Now in its second edition, Professor Layzer’s book, The Environmental Case: Translating Values Into Policy (CQ Press, 2006) describes 16 prominent cases of environmental policymaking, ranging from local disputes over hazardous waste to national controversies over public lands and international conflicts over global warming. In Natural Experiments: Ecosystem Management and the Environment (MIT Press, 2008), Layzer aims to explain whether and how ecosystem-based management results in more environmentally beneficial policies and practices than the conventional regulatory approach. She analyzes seven cases, including the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Program, the San Diego Multiple Species Habitat Conservation Plan, the Sonoran Desert Conservation Plan, the California Bay-Delta Program, and the Kissimmee River Restoration.
With Professor JoAnn Carmin, Layzer co-directs the Environmental Policy and Planning group’s Society, Business and the Environment Project. She also directs the soon-to-be-unveiled Urban Sustainability Project @ MIT (urbansustainability@mit/greencities@mit).
Opportunities in Infrastructure and Built Environment
as author at MIT World Series: MIT Sloan 2008 Convocation,
together with: Sarah Slaughter, Milton Bevington, Bill Sisson,
Sustaining Cities: Environment, Economic Development, and Empowerment
as author at MIT World Series: Changing Cities: Celebrating 75 Years of Planning Better Futures at MIT,
together with: Jason Corburn, J. Phillip Thompson, Christopher Zegras, Adil Najam, Lawrence J. Vale (moderator),
The Great Climategate Debate
as author at MIT World: One Host Fits All,
together with: Henry D. Jacoby (moderator), Kerry Emanuel, Stephen Ansolabehere, Ronald G. Prinn, Richard Lindzen,