James Boyd

Senior Fellow and Thomas Klutznick Chair in Environmental Policy; Director, Land Use, Forestry, and Agriculture Program

James Boyd is a Senior Fellow and holds the Thomas Klutznick Chair in Environmental Policy at Resources for the Future (RFF). He is also the Director of Social Science and Policy at the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) in Annapolis Maryland and has been a visiting professor at Stanford University and Washington University in St Louis.

Boyd’s research emphasizes collaborations between ecologists and economists in order to guide decisions that affect natural resources. His work considers how natural systems contribute to economic wealth and social wellbeing and how policies can be designed to protect and enhance valuable ecosystem goods and services.

Boyd works closely with diverse partners from government, NGO, and private sector institutions and emphasizes close collaboration between decision-makers and academic researchers to generate science that is useful and practical in real world settings. He serves on US EPA Science Advisory Board and other government and private advisory panels including the boards of the Ecological Society of America, American Rivers, and the Monterey Institute’s Center for the Blue Economy.

He proudly hails from the Chicago area, is an above-average home chef specializing in Asian cuisine, and plays the guitar, banjo, and drums (all poorly).


  • PhD in economics, Wharton Business School, University of Pennsylvania, 1993
  • BA in history, University of Michigan, 1986

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