D.G. Webster

|Associate Professor
Academic Appointments

Associate Professor of Environmental Studies

Dr. Webster's main research interest is in understanding feedbacks within global scale social-ecological systems (SESs). She is author of two books. The second, Beyond the Tragedy in Global Fisheries (in press), explains the evolution of global fisheries governance through a responsive governance lens, showing how fisheries all over the world cycle through periods of effective and ineffective governance in what she calls the management treadmill. Her first book, Adaptive Governance: The Dynamics of Atlantic Tuna Management (2009 MIT Press) posited and tested her vulnerability response framework. It won the International Studies Association's Harold and Margaret Sprout Award in 2010. She is currently exploring new methods for exploring SESs as the lead PI on a multi-institutional project called Fishscape: Modeling the Complex Dynamics of the Fishery for Tropical Tunas in the Eastern Pacific Ocean, which is funded through NSF’s Coupled Natural and Human Systems program, and an internally funded project that uses agent based modeling to better understand the relationship between Consumer Choice and Sustainability. Dr. Webster teaches courses related to global environmental governance, green business, marine policy, and environmental economics. She earned her PhD from the University of Southern California’s Political Economy and Public Policy program in 2005.


Fairchild, Room 104
HB 6182


Environmental Studies


  • B.A. Connecticut College
  • M.A. University of Southern California
  • Ph.D. University of Southern California

Selected Publications

  • Webster, D.G. In press. Beyond the Tragedy: Evolution and Sustainability in Global Fisheries Governance. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press.

  • Webster, D.G. in press. The Action Cycle/Structural Context Framework: A Fisheries Application. Ecology & Society.

  • Roozmand, Omid and D.G. Webster. In press. Agent based modeling of consumer choice and aggregate demand: Maximizers vs Satisficers. International Journal of Agent Technologies and Systems.

  • Roozmand, Omid and D.G. Webster. 2014. Agent based modeling of consumer choice andaggregate demand: Maximizers vs. Satisficers. Agent-Directed Simulation Symposium Series 46 (1): 77-83.

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Works In Progress

  • Webster, D.G. and Omid Roozmand. 2014. Discards and the Anthropocene: Satisficing, magical thinking, and norms of disposability (CCAD project). Annual Meeting of the Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences, June 11-14, New York, New York.

  • Webster, D.G. In review. Singular vs. Collective Action for the Commons: Le Guin’s The Lathe of Heaven. Elementa: Sustainability Traditions, submitted as part of an accepted special issue on using science fiction in the classroom, Kate O’Neill guest editor.

  • Sun, Chin-Hwa Jenny, Fu-Sung Chiang, Patrice Guillotreau, Dale Squires, D.G. Webster, and Matt Owens. In review. Fewer Fish for Higher Profits? Price Flexibility and Economic Incentives in Global Tuna Fisheries Management. Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists. (Fishscape)

  • Jenny Sun, Michael Hinton, and Webster, D.G. In preparation. Tough Tuna: Random utility modeling of tuna fisher location decisions in the fishery for tropical tunas in the Eastern Pacific Ocean (Fishscape) for PNAS.

  • Webster, D.G., Peter Hayes, and Omid Roozmand. In preparation. Everybody lies: An ABM approach to understanding trusting free-riders (Fishscape).

  • D. A. Kiefer, C. H. Lam, D. P. Harrison, D. G. Webster, E. Armstrong, M. G. Hinton, and L. Luo. In preparation. 2012. The Southern Oscillation, Hypoxia, and the Eastern Pacific Tuna Fishery (Fishscape).

  • Webster, D.G. and Omid Roozmand. In preparation Buy This Product to Change your Life: Magical Thinking as a Magnifier of Consumption and Waste (CCS).