Catherine M. Ashcraft

Master in Public Policy Faculty
Faculty Fellow
Phone: (603) 862-3925
Office: Natural Resources & the Environment, James Hall Rm 134, Durham, NH 03824
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Catherine Ashcraft is Master in Public Policy Faculty and an Assistant Professor, Natural Resources and the Environment at the University of New Hampshire.  Ashcraft is interested in the human dimensions of ecological systems and focuses on how environmental policies and institutions are negotiated and designed, how they respond to change, and are renegotiated.

Her current research projects include adaptive and integrated approaches to flood risk management in Europe and New England, institutions for managing conflict and uncertainty in the Danube and Nile Rivers, and international water diplomacy.  She's currently co-editing a book with Dr. Tamar Mayer on The Politics of Fresh Water, which is under contract with Routledge/Earthscan. 


  • Ph.D., Urban and Regional Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • M., Environmental Science, Yale University
  • B.A., Biology and Philosophy of Science, University of Pennsylvania

Courses Taught

  • NR 600: Work Experience
  • NR 602: Nat Resources&Envrnmtl Policy
  • NR 720: Intl Envrnmt Politics&Policies
  • NR 724: Resolving Environmtl Conflicts