J.B. Ruhl




J.B. is the David Daniels Allen Distinguished Chair in Law at Vanderbilt University, Director of Vanderbilt's Program on Law and Innovation, and Co-Director of Vanderbilt's Energy, Environment, and Land Use Program. His expertise lies in environmental, natural resources, and property law, and his research focuses on climate change adaptation, ecosystem services, and adaptive governance. J.B. earned his BA and JD from the University of Virginia, his LLM in Environmental Law from George Washington University, and his PhD in Geography from Southern Illinois University.

At THE NEW INSTITUTE, J.B. is involved in the program “Governing the Planetary Commons: A Focus on the Amazon”. He will join us in May 2024.


Governing Complexity: Integrating Science, Governance, and Law to Manage Accelerating Change in the Globalized Commons
with Cosens, B., Soininen, N., et al., Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2021

Untapped Capacity for Resilience in Environmental Law
with Garmestani, A., Chaffin, B.C., et al., Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2019

Transformative Environmental Governance
with Chaffin, B.C., Garmestani, A., et al., Annual Review of Environment and Resources, 2016

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