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Pete Taylor (Peter Leigh Taylor) received his Ph.D. and M.S. from Cornell University and his B.A. from Trinity University. He is Professor and Chair of the Department of Sociology at Colorado State University. He specializes in natural resource and environmental sociology and has published extensively on organizational problems of community-based forest management in Mexico, Guatemala and Bolivia. His current research focuses on environmental flow cooperation on the Colorado River in Colorado and on agricultural water issues in the Colorado River Basin. He is former Co-Editor-in-Chief of Society and Natural Resources: An International Journal with David Sonnenfeld of Syracuse University.


  • Taylor, Peter Leigh and David A. Sonnenfeld, Co-Editors. 2018. Water Crises and Governance: Reinventing Collaborative Institutions in an Era of Uncertainty. Philadelphia and London: Routledge.
  • David A. Sonnenfeld and Peter Leigh Taylor, Co-Guest Editors. 2018. “Society and Natural Resources in an Illiberal World.” Special issue of Society & Natural Resources. 31 (5).
  • Taylor, Peter Leigh and David A. Sonnenfeld, Co-Editors. 2017. “Water Crises and Institutions: Governance Challenges in an Era of Uncertainty.” Special Issue of Society & Natural Resources 30(4).
  • Boone, Karie and Peter Leigh Taylor. 2016. “Deconstructing Homegardens: Food Security and Sovereignty in Northern Nicaragua” Agriculture and Human Values 33(2): 239-255.
  • Mumme, Stephen P. and Peter Leigh Taylor. 2014. “The Ocotillo Water War and the U.S.-Mexico “Salinity Crisis”: An Examination of Transitivity and Scale in Environmental Justice” The Journal of the Southwest, Spring, 56(1): 1-28.
  • Taylor, Peter Leigh, Peter Cronkleton, and Deborah Barry. 2013. “Learning in the Field: Using Community Self Studies to Strengthen Forest Based Social Movements” Sustainable Development 21(4): 209-223. (First published online: 20 SEP 2010 DOI: 10.1002/sd.498).
  • Bixler, Richard Patrick and Peter Leigh Taylor. 2012. “Toward a Community of Innovation in Community-based Natural Resource Management: Insights from Open Source Software.” Human Organization 71(3): 234-243.
  • Taylor, Peter Leigh and Antony S. Cheng. 2012. “Environmental Governance as Embedded Process: Managing Change in Two Community-Based Forestry Organizations” Human Organization 71(1):110-122.
  • Taylor, Peter Leigh. 2012. “Multiple Forest Activities, Multiple Purpose Organizations: Organizing for Complexity in a Grassroots Movement in Guatemala’s Petén.” Forest Ecology and Management 268: 29-38.
  • Taylor, Peter Leigh. 2010. “Conservation, Community, and Culture? New Organizational Challenges of Community Forest Concessions in the Maya Biosphere Reserve of Guatemala. Journal of Rural Studies 26: 173-184.

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