James Boyd

Associate Vice President for Research and Policy Engagement; Senior Fellow; Thomas Klutznick Chair in Environmental Policy

James Boyd is the associate vice president for research and policy engagement, a senior fellow, and Thomas Klutznick Chair in Environmental Policy at RFF. He conducts policy and economic analysis related to forestry, nature-based climate solutions, and natural resource management. He earned his PhD from the Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania, and has been a visiting professor at Stanford University and Washington University in St Louis. He previously codirected the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC). Boyd works with diverse partners from government, nongovernmental organizations, and private-sector institutions, and emphasizes close collaboration between decisionmakers and academic researchers to generate science that is useful and practical in real-world settings.


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

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