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Associate Professor
Environmental Studies

Office: SEEC S106E

Office Hours: Dr. Newton is on sabbatical until August 2022.


Affiliated Departments

Environment and Society Program, Institute of Behavioral Science
Research Fellow, Governors’ Climate and Forests Task Force


Ph.D. Environmental Sciences – University of East Anglia, UK
M.Sc. Applied Ecology and Conservation – University of East Anglia, UK
B.A. Zoology – University of Cambridge, UK

Research Interests & Biography

Dr. Newton is an interdisciplinary scientist, working at the intersection of natural and social sciences. His research aims to understand of how governance interventions affect synergies and trade-offs between different outcomes in socio-environmental systems. He works principally in agricultural and forest landscapes, studying the potential and actual impact of policies and programs that aim to conserve forests, enhance food system sustainability, and improve rural livelihoods. He works largely in Brazil and the US, but his research has also taken him to Indonesia, Mozambique, Uganda, and Vietnam.

Dr. Newton has published his research in environment, development, and interdisciplinary academic journals. He has also engaged extensively with non-academic communities: for example, he has given a talk at TEDx Boulder, and has provided testimony to the Colorado House Select Committee on Climate Responsibility.

A Note to Prospective Graduate Students

Dr. Newton is not taking on new graduate students in the academic year 2022-23.

A Note to Prospective ENVS Honors Undergraduate Students

Dr. Newton is not taking on new undergraduate students until after August 2022.