Raul P. Lejano

Associate Professor of Environmental Policy

Raul P.  Lejano


Raul Lejano is a policy scholar whose foremost interests involve understanding people’s deep engagements with community and environment, and reflecting such in how we design policy and institutions from a relational perspective. Beginning with his first book, Frameworks for Policy Analysis: Merging Text and Context (Routledge), he has developed approaches for integrating multiple analytical lenses in interpreting environmental situations. In his latest (co-authored) book, The Power of Narrative in Environmental Networks (MIT Press), a theory is advanced regarding the unique capacity of narrative to capture complex human motivations and human-nonhuman relationships. His work in the area of environmental education emphasizes how ecological knowledge emerges from the capacity of a person to build relationships with others -- his emerging theory of environmental cognizance. Since people’s motivations are never merely utilitarian or affective or ethical, policies cannot be so simplistically designed. As an example, cities need to be analyzed not merely in objective terms but as a web of relationships. His latest work involves the role of narrative and relationality in moving people to act on climate change. His work on collective action also appears in a special issue of Environmental Science & Policy, entitled Interrogating the Commons, which he co-edited. Lejano received his doctorate in Environmental Health Science in 1998 from UCLA, and held faculty appointments at MIT, UCI, and HKU before coming to the Steinhardt School at NYU. As a doctoral student, he studied with Lloyd Shapley, recipient of the Nobel Prize in economics.
Raul Lejano, PhD
Associate Professor of Environmental Policy
NYU Steinhardt School
239 Greene Street, Room 424
New York, NY 10003 USA


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