Elizabeth Shapiro-Garza

Elizabeth Shapiro-Garza

Assistant Professor Of The Practice Of Environmental Policy and Management

Elizabeth Shapiro is an Assistant Professor of the Practice of Environmental Policy and Management at the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University. She received her doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley and her master's degree from Yale University. Shapiro's research focuses on market-based environmental initiatives and policies in Latin America, their social and environmental impacts and their intersection with development projects and goals at multiple scales. She has examined these themes in the context of national payments for ecosystem services programs in Mexico, cacao agroforestry systems in biosphere reserve buffer zones in Panama and Costa Rica, and coffee sustainability certification programs in El Salvador. Shapiro has published broadly on topics of environment and development in both academic and applied fora.

In The News


Shapiro-Garza, E. "Contesting market-based conservation: Payments for ecosystem services as a surface of engagement for rural social movements in Mexico." Human Geography: a new radical journal 6, no. 1 (2013): 134-150. (Academic Article)
Alix Garcia, J, Shapiro, EN, and Sims, KRE. "Forest conservation and slippage: Evidence from Mexico’s national payments for ecosystem services program (Submitted)." Land Economics (2010). (Academic Article)
McAfee, K, and Shapiro, EN. "Payments for ecosystem services in Mexico: Nature, neoliberalism, social movements, and the state." Annals of the Association of American Geographers 100, no. 3 (2010): 579-599.
Alix Garcia, J, Shapiro, EN, and Sims, KRE. "Impacts of payments for ecosystem services on deforestation in Mexico: Preliminary lessons for REDD." Land Tenure Briefs 11 (2010). (Academic Article)


ENVIRON 755: Community-Based Environmental Management (ENVIRON 755: Community-Based Environmental Management)
ENVIRON 963: DEL: Program Management for Environmental Professionals (ENVIRON 963: DEL: Program Management for Environmental Professionals)
ENVIRON 955: DEL: Community-Based Environmental Management (ENVIRON 955: DEL: Community-Based Environmental Management)
ENVIRON 795: Community-Based Environmental Management Practicum (ENVIRON 795: Community-Based Environmental Management Practicum)
ENVIRON 590S: Special Topics (ENVIRON 590S: Special Topics)

Contact Information

PO Box 90328
Durham, NC 27708
Box 90328, 4103 Environment Hall
Durham, NC 27708


Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley (2010)