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Tara Grillos

Tara Grillos

Associate Professor // Political Science

Office and Contact

Room: BRNG 2254


Phone: (765) 496-3923

Ph.D. Harvard University, 2015
B.S. University of Pennsylvania, 2005
B.A. University of Pennsylvania, 2005

Current CV



Public Policy
Environmental Politics and Policy
Comparative Politics



Center for the Environment
Building Sustainable Communities
Ecological Sciences and Engineering


Research Summary

Professor Grillos’s research focuses on the human dimensions of sustainable development policy. She studies the effects of local governance arrangements on environmental behavior and collective action, as well as the impact of policy on human well-being, health and equity. Her research combines experimental and quasi-experimental methods with fieldwork in various developing nations, including Honduras, Bolivia, and Kenya.


Selected Publications

Grillos, Tara, Patrick Bottazzi, David Crespo, Nigel Asquithde, and Julia P.G. Jones. 2019. "In-kind Conservation Payments Crowd in Environmental Values and Increase Support for Government Intervention: A Randomized Trial in Bolivia." Ecological Economics 166. doi: 10.1016/j.ecolecon.2019.106404

Cook, Nathan, Tara Grillos, and Krister Andersson. 2019. "Gender Quotas Increase Equality and Effectiveness of Climate Policy Interventions. Nature Climate Change 9: 330-334. doi: 10.1038/s41558-019-0438-4

Hayes, Tanya, Tara Grillos, Leah L. Bremer, Felipe Murtinho, and Elizabeth Shapiro. 2019. "Collective PES: More Than the Sum of Individual Incentives." Environmental Science and Policy 102: 1-8. doi: 10.1016/j.envsci.2019.09.010

Grillos, Tara. 2018. "Women’s Participation in Environmental Decision-Making: Quasi-Experimental Evidence from Northern Kenya." World Development 108C: 115-130. doi: 10.1016/j.worlddev.2018.03.017

Andersson, Krister P., Nathan J. Cook, Tara Grillos, Maria Claudia Lopez, Carl F. Salk, Glenn D. Wright, and Esther Mwangi. 2018. “Experimental Evidence on Payments for Forest Commons Conservation.” Nature Sustainability 1 (3): 128-135. doi: 10.1038/s41893-018-0034-z