When do emerging forms of environmental governance promote, deplete or otherwise affect community resilience? Historically I have studied this in both pakeha (non-native) and Maori communities in regard to freshwater governance in New Zealand. I am building a research program that asks similar questions in the U.S. West with regard to both indigenous and non-indigenous community management of wildlife resources and in the context of resource decision-making processes. Together with graduate students, I currently have work underway considering social-ecological dimensions of recreational and cultural wildlife in Montana.

Current projects in this area include:

Implications of the Amenity Transition for Wildlife Movement and Management: Elk in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem

The Path Back: Buffalo Restoration and the Fort Peck Tribes

Publications in this area include: 

2007. J. H. Haggerty, “‘I’m not a greenie but…’: Environmentality, eco-populism and governance in New Zealand, Experiences from the Southland whitebait fishery.” Journal of Rural Studies 23: 222-237.

2006. J. H. Haggerty and W. R. Travis, “Out of Administrative Control: Absentee Owners, Resident Elk and the Shifting Nature of Wildlife Management in Southwestern Montana.” Geoforum 37: 816-830.