Sarah Michaels

Sarah Michaels

Faculty Fellow, Public Policy Center

At A Glance

533 Oldfather Hall


Michaels' research agenda pivots around a central question key to appreciating, anticipating and responding to challenges stemming from the dynamics between society and nature: How do decision makers acquire, use and disseminate knowledge to make environmental policy that addresses the perturbations and fluctuations that expose societal vulnerability?

Research Areas

Water resources policy and governance, Science-policy interface, Comparative environmental policy

Current Research

  • Science in environmental decision making
  • Uncertainty in ecological modeling and management
  • Transboundary dimensions of source water protection
  • Policy transfer applied to water governance


  • Gilbert F. White Fellow at Resources for the Future
  • Ciriacy-Wantrup Postdoctoral Fellow in Environmental Economics at the University of California, Berkeley
  • Stuart Nesbitt White Research Fellow at the University of Colorado, Boulder


Among her publications are articles in Environmental Management, Environmental Science and Policy, Journal of Environmental ManagementPolicy Studies Journal, and Review of Policy Research

    Career Highlights

    • Ph.D. University of Colorado, 1990