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 Thomas Klutznick Chair in Environmental Policy at RFF, where he directs the Land Use, Forestry, and Agriculture (LUFA) program. 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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