Paul Robbins

Director, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison

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Paul Robbins is director of the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. His research focuses on biodiversity, wildlife, and environmental management, especially in the politically complex man-made landscapes of the Anthropocene. Among other books, he is the author of Political Ecology: A Critical Introduction, a best-selling text, and Lawn People: How Grasses, Weeds, and Chemicals Make Us Who We Are.



Publications by Paul Robbins

Political Ecology


Political Ecology, A Critical Introduction (Wiley-Blackwell 2011)




Environment & Society


Environment and Society: A Critical Introduction (Wiley-Blackwell 2010)


Lawn People


Lawn People: How Grasses, Weeds, and Chemicals Make Us Who We Are (Temple University Press 2007)



Robbins, Paul & Moore, S. "Ecological Anxiety Disorder: Diagnosing the Politics of the Anthropocene," Cultural Geographies, 20: 3-19(2013).


I. Shaw, P. Robbins and J. P. Jones. “A Bug's Life and the Spatial Ontologies of Mosquito Management” Annals of the Association of American Geographers. 100(2): 373 – 392 (2010).


Robbins, P. “Methods in Human Environment Geography” for Research Methods in Geography: A First Course. Edited by John Paul Jones III, and Basil Gomez. Blackwell (2010).


Robbins, P., K. McSweeney, A. K. Chhangani, J. L Rice. “Conservation as it is: Illicit resource use in a wildlife reserve in India,Human Ecology. 37(5): 559 (2009).


Waite, T. A., Corey, S. J., Campbell, L. G., Chhangani, A., Rice, J., Robbins, P. “Satellite sleuthing: Does remotely sensed land-cover change signal ecological degradation in a protected area?” Diversity & Distributions. 15(2): 299 – 309 (2009).


Robbins, P. and K. M. Bishop. “There and back again: epiphany, disillusionment, rediscovery in political ecology” for special issue of Geoforum on “Piers Blaikie’s Life Work: Political Ecology—Past, Present, and Future”. 39(2): 747–755 (2008).