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Assistant Professor

Office: SEEC S106E

Research Interests

Pete’s current research projects aim to understand: 1) how voluntary certification programs for agricultural commodities can achieve scale and impact; 2) how community-based land tenure systems can help communities of forest-dependent people to successfully manage forest commons; and 3) how programs to promote low-carbon agriculture can improve the livelihoods of smallholder farmers.

At CU Boulder, Pete will teach classes on food and the environment; human dimensions of global change; and socio-environmental systems.

Prospective graduate students

Prospective students who would like to work with Pete should send him an email with 1) a CV, 2) a statement outlining their research interests, and 3) a statement outlining their interest in the Environmental Studies Program and his research group.


Ph.D. 2011 University of East Anglia, UK


Pete Newton is an interdisciplinary scientist who is interested in understanding how governance interventions affect synergies and trade-offs between environmental, economic, and social outcomes in socio-environmental systems. He works principally in agricultural and tropical forest landscapes, mainly in Brazil but also with partners in Indonesia, Nepal, and elsewhere. Much of his work focuses on sustainable food systems, land-use change, and rural livelihoods.

Pete’s former research projects have examined: 1) how extractive reserves can contribute to the conservation of biodiversity and environmental services while positively influencing rural livelihoods and ensuring local food security; and 2) how forest-dependent people's knowledge can contribute to an understanding of the conservation needs of endangered species. His CV and publications can be found here.