James S. Gruber, PE, PhD, MS, MPA

Chair Environmental Studies, Director Environmental Studies PhD Program, Core Faculty
Department of Environmental Studies

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Highest Degree

PhD, University of Zagreb, Croatia

Other Degrees & Credentials

MPA, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
MS, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
PE Licensed Professional Civil Engineer (New Hampshire)

Areas of Expertise

Resource conservation, climate change adaptation, ecological economics, public policy, community-based natural resource management, engaged scholarship


Integration of my teaching in the Environmental Studies Department and my professional work in building sustainable communities allows me to bring to the classroom real world experience. This symbiosis between my teaching (including the fields of environmental economics and policy and finance) and my consulting and applied research work in numerous community projects enriches both areas of my professional work. My consulting and community assistance work focuses on engaging people in the process of creating environmentally healthy, culturally rich, and economically strong schools and community through leadership training, environmental education, and applied research. My work in the classroom seeks to draw upon this work to enhance the work in the classroom.

My professional goals are to continue to direct the Environmental Studies PhD program at AUNE, teach, research, write, and provide assistance in community conservation and resource management. I also plan to continue my US and international research and consulting that focuses on environmental policy, climate change adaptations, resource conservation, and sustainable development work. This work, that frequently includes Antioch students, is based upon a strong support for and belief in the value of citizen participation, community education, and effective public-private partnerships between local communities and their citizens, institutions, and businesses. My most recent research and publications have focused on enhancing climate change adaptation through university-community partnerships and community-based natural resource management (CBNRM) strategies for sustainably managing common pool resources (or the commons).


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