University of Wisconsin–Madison

Paul Robbins

Professor & Director, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies

(608) 265-5296

122 Science Hall



Biodiversity; conservation; political economy; anthropogenic environments; India


PhD, Clark University, 1996

1) Biodiversity in agrofoestry plantations in Karnataka, India

2) Afforestation, colonialism, and contemporary forest policy

3) Political Demography

4) Conservation science, anxiety, and psychoanalytic interpretation


Niki vonHedemann, Paul Robbins, Mindy Butterworth, Katheryn Landau, and Cory Morin. 2016. “Managing mosquito spaces: citizen self-governance of disease vectors in a desert landscape” Heath and Place.

Karanth, K. K., V. Sankararaman, S. Dalvi, A. Srivathsa, R. Parameshwaran, S. Sharma, P. Robbins, and A. Chhatre. 2016. Producing diversity: Agroforests Sustain Avian Richness and Abundance in India’s Western Ghats. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution.

Robbins, P. and S. Smith. 2016. “Baby Bust: Towards Political Demography” Progress in Human Geography.

Robbins, P., A. Chhatre and K. Karanth. 2015. “Political ecology of commodity agroforests and tropical biodiversity” Conservation Letters. 8(2): 77–85.