Steven Wolf will be an ISS Faculty Fellow 2012-2015

DNR faculty member Dr. Steven Wolf will be joining Cornell’s Institute for the Social Sciences (ISS) as a Faculty Fellow from 2012 to 2015. This is part of a theme project on contested global landscapes.

Steven’s role statement:

My research and teaching on social relations of land emphasizes the resources, interests and accountability mechanisms that structure interplay among state, market and civil society actors in processes of conservation and economic development. I work primarily in agricultural and forested landscapes, and I focus on the tensions and the policy responses that emerge from various socioeconomic and environmental claims on land. I engage questions of environmental governance critically, as my work seeks to place these claims and policy responses in a social, historical and institutional context.  Within the ISS Contested Global Landscapes project, I will be conducting research on forest land tenure and payments for ecosystem services within agrienvironmental policy. The work will include studies in USA, the EU and China.  The empirical cases provide points of entry to questions of conservation finance,  institutional investments in land, and new roles for state actors in environmental governance.

Stefanie Hufnagl-Eichiner Recent DNR Grad Student Graduate

Stefanie Hufnagl-Eichiner, Ph.D., recently graduated from the Department of Natural Resources and started a post doc position at the Department of Geography at the University of Passau in her native Germany. Steven Wolf, Associate Professor in DNR at Cornell, was her faculty adviser for her Ph.D. work. Hufnagl-Eichiner researches environmental governance through regional marketing in conventional and alternative agri-food systems in Germany and Austria. She teaches empirical research methods and a comparative course on agri-food systems in Europe and the Americas to students in the fields of Geography, Cultural Studies and North American Studies. She plans to set up a recurring exchange of students and scholars through field trips and study-abroad opportunities between the University of Passau and Cornell University in Ithaca, where she almost naturalized. If you are interested in collaborating, please send a note to

Here are some relevant links:

Stefanie Hufnagl-Eichiner’s official website:

The University of Passau: