Elizabeth Shapiro-Garza

Elizabeth Shapiro-Garza

Associate Professor Of The Practice Of Environmental Policy and Management

Elizabeth Shapiro-Garza is an Associate Professor of the Practice of Environmental Policy and Management at the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University and serves as the Director for Community Engagement for the Duke University Superfund Research Center and the Director of the Certificate in Community-Based Environmental Management. She received her doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley and her master's degree from Yale University. Shapiro-Garza'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 Guatemala, El Salvador, Colombia and Peru. Shapiro-Garza has published broadly on topics of environment and development in both academic and applied fora.

In The News


Van Hecken, G, Kolinjivadi, V, Windey, C, McElwee, P, Shapiro-Garza, E, Huybrechs, F, and Bastiaensen, J. "Silencing Agency in Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES) by Essentializing a Neoliberal ‘Monster’ Into Being: A Response to Fletcher & Büscher's ‘PES Conceit’." Ecological Economics 144 (February 2018): 314-318.
Kaczan, D, Pfaff, A, Rodriguez, L, and Shapiro-Garza, E. "Increasing the impact of collective incentives in payments for ecosystem services." Journal of Environmental Economics and Management 86 (November 2017): 48-67.
Osborne, T, and Shapiro-Garza, E. "Embedding Carbon Markets: Complicating Commodification of Ecosystem Services in Mexico's Forests." Annals of the American Association of Geographers (August 9, 2017): 1-18.
Woodward, RT, Stronza, A, Shapiro-Garza, E, and Fitzgerald, LA. "Market-based conservation: Aligning static theory with dynamic systems." Natural Resources Forum 38, no. 4 (November 2014): 235-247.
Sims, KRE, Alix-Garcia, JM, Shapiro-Garza, E, Fine, LR, Radeloff, VC, Aronson, G, Castillo, S, Ramirez-Reyes, C, and Yañez-Pagans, P. "Improving environmental and social targeting through adaptive management in Mexico's payments for hydrological services program." Conservation biology. 28, no. 5 (October 2014): 1151-1159.

Recent Grants


ENVIRON 755: Community-Based Environmental Management (ENVIRON 755: Community-Based Environmental Management)
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)
ENVIRON 975: DEL: Community Based Environmental Management in Mexico (ENVIRON 975: DEL: Community Based Environmental Management in Mexico)

Contact Information

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


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