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Michael Schoon

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Asst Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 5502
Asst Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 5502
Asst Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 5502
Asst Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 5502
Asst Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 5502
Biography

Michael Schoon is currently the assistant director of Arizona State University’s Complex Adaptive Systems Initiative, focusing on building a complexity approach within several schools at Arizona State and developing a broader research program within the university.  Prior to that, he worked for several years as an aerospace/mechanical engineer and then as a strategy consultant.  Within academia, he began as a research associate for the Center for the Study of Institutional Diversity, also at ASU, where he conducted research on collaboration across borders.  For these projects, he looked at collaborative institutional arrangements covering a range of environmental issues from biodiversity conservation to water sharing to fire management in southern Arizona.  His dissertation work, as an environmental policy and governance student at Indiana University’s Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis, focused on transboundary protected areas in southern Africa and won the American Political Science Association’s best dissertation award.  His work combines multiple methodological approaches and looks at causal clusters for the formation and governance outcomes of institutional arrangements.

Research Interests

My ongoing research builds on my doctoral work, focusing at a theoretical level on cross-boundary collective action dilemmas and at a practical level on the design of collaborative governance arrangements that transcend political borders and putting them into effect on the ground.  The goal is to push toward a generalizable theory of cross-border, cross-scale governance and link this back to large-scale environmental management. In the process, I try to understand how to implement these cross-border governance arrangements and collaborative efforts, create institutional robustness or long-enduring institutional arrangements, and understand how to design sustainable systems in coupled social-ecological environments.  I pursue this research agenda through four ongoing programs. First, I lead a project at the local and regional level in the Arizona borderlands that uses social network analysis and spatially-explicit institutional analysis to help develop a better understanding of cross-border governance, focusing on environmental management issues in the face of regional climate changes and the ongoing border crisis – impacts that cross political boundaries. The second spoke in the research plan brings together common-pool resource scholars with leading international regime researchers in the study of large-scale commons to see how both sets of theories scale up and down.  In this, I lead a research team that is in the process of coding cases and building a database to enable statistical analysis and combine quantitative and qualitative analyses to examine cross-scale environmental governance.  A third research program uses agent-based modeling to study the effects of environmental management with multiple objectives in a network of linked habitats.  Fourth, I continue to collaborate with researchers in southern Africa on a number of large-scale conservation/development projects in the region with a focus on governance across borders and collaboration in general.

Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
SOS 321Policy & Gov in Sustain Systms
SOS 492Honors Directed Study
SOS 493Honors Thesis
SOS 590Reading and Conference
SOS 596Scientific Paper
SOS 790Reading and Conference
SOS 792Research
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
SOS 220Systems Thinking
SOS 492Honors Directed Study
SOS 498Pro-Seminar
SOS 525SETS Domains and Interfaces
SOS 592Research
SOS 594Conference and Workshop
SOS 790Reading and Conference
SOS 792Research
Summer 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
SOS 494Special Topics
SOS 590Reading and Conference
SOS 593Applied Project
SOS 598Special Topics
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
SOS 321Policy & Gov in Sustain Systms
SOS 494Special Topics
SOS 590Reading and Conference
SOS 593Applied Project
SOS 598Special Topics
SOS 790Reading and Conference
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
SOS 220Systems Thinking
SOS 492Honors Directed Study
SOS 525SETS Domains and Interfaces
Summer 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
SOS 593Applied Project
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
SOS 321Policy & Gov in Sustain Systms
SOS 493Honors Thesis
SOS 593Applied Project
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
SOS 220Systems Thinking
SOS 492Honors Directed Study
SOS 525SETS Domains and Interfaces
Spring 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
SOS 321Policy & Gov in Sustain Systms
SOS 493Honors Thesis
SOS 593Applied Project
Fall 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
SOS 220Systems Thinking
SOS 492Honors Directed Study
SOS 493Honors Thesis
Spring 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
SOS 492Honors Directed Study
SOS 493Honors Thesis
SOS 494Special Topics
SOS 598Special Topics
Fall 2012
Course NumberCourse Title
SOS 492Honors Directed Study