Welcome to the Dr. Lily Hsueh’s Environmental Policy & Governance Lab (EPGL). We take a problem-driven approach to investigate the emergence, evolution, and impacts of alternative forms of natural resource and environmental policy and management. EPGL’s substantive areas of focus include global climate change, ocean and marine resources, and natural disasters and extreme events, among other policy issue areas subject to unprecedented governance challenges.
A recurring theme in our lab is the examination of public policies, political economy factors, and market forces that motivate and incentivize the private provision of public goods and the interaction between firms and policymakers as well as other stakeholders, such as consumers, investors, and activists.
Methodologically, we regularly employ quantitative tools and methods for causal inference, such as applied econometrics, quasi-experimental methods, and data science techniques. To uncover causal mechanisms, we conduct semi-structured interviews and process tracing in systematic case studies.