Krister Andersson

Notre Dame Professor of Sustainable Development

Krister Andersson

O319 Hesburgh Center for International Studies
University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, IN 46556

(574) 631-1945

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Krister Andersson

Notre Dame Professor of Sustainable Development


Sustainable development; public policy reform; institutional analysis; environmental governance; collective action; decentralization; Latin America

At the Keough School

Krister Andersson is the Notre Dame Professor of Sustainable Development in the Keough School of Global Affairs at the University of Notre Dame. He also is an affiliate of the Keough School’s Pulte Institute for Global Development.


Research and Publications

Krister Andersson studies the politics of environmental governance with particular focus on local institutional arrangements and the role they play in explaining policy outcomes. His research, published in four books and some 80 articles and book chapters, examines efforts to pursue improved natural resource governance outcomes in the Global South. His field-based research program has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the US Department of Agriculture, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and numerous other agencies and private foundations.

Recent Work


Andersson earned a BA in speech communication from Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, California; a master’s degree in international relations and diplomacy from Schiller International University in Paris; and a PhD in public policy from Indiana University, Bloomington. He was awarded the Giorgio Ruffolo Research Fellowship from Harvard University in 2007. Prior to pursuing his doctorate, Andersson was a forestry officer at the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization with postings in Rome; Quito, Ecuador, and Santiago, Chile. Prior to coming to Notre Dame, Andersson was professor of political science at the University of Colorado Boulder.

Professional Roles/Positions