My research focuses on comparative institutional analyses of water laws, policies, property rights, and compacts in the western US. I am particularly interested in the design and performance of polycentric systems of water governance and how well such systems of water governance adapt to changing environmental, legal, and social circumstances. Journals I have published in include Land Economics, Policy Studies Journal, Publius, and the American Journal of Political Science. I am co-author of two books on western water governance, Common Waters, Diverging Streams: Linking Institutions and Water Management in Arizona, California, and Colorado (with William Blomquist and Tanya Heikkila); and Embracing Watershed Politics (with William Blomquist). I am also the lead editor of Navigating Climate Change Policy: The Opportunities of Federalism (with Kirsten Engel and Sally Rider).
My teaching centers on environmental policy and public policy. I teach both undergraduate and graduate survey courses on environmental policy, an undergraduate course on climate change policy; and a PhD seminar on theories of the policy process.
Schlager, Edella (2012)"Review of Brett Frischmann's "Infrastructure: The Social Value of Shared Resources (Oxford University Press, 2012)" Science 337:156
Heikkila, Tanya and Schlager, Edella (2012) " Addressing the Issues: The Choice of Environmental Conflict-Resolution Venues in the United States" American Journal of Political Science. doi: 10.1111/j.1540-5907.2012.00588.x
Schlager, Edella, Tanya Heikkila, and Carl Case (2012) "The Costs of Compliance with Interstate Agreements: Lessons From Water Compacts in the Western United States" Publius: The Journal of Federalism 42(3):494-515
Schlager, Edella and Tanya Heikkila. (2011) “Left High and Dry? Climate Change, Common Pool Resource Theory, and the Adaptability of Western Water Compacts” Public Administration Review 71(3):461-470
Heikkila, Tanya, Edella Schlager, and Mark Davis (2011) “The Role of Cross-scale Institutional Linkages in Common Pool Resource Management: Assessing Interstate River Compacts” Policy Studies Journal 39(1):121-145
Schlager, Edella, Kirsten Engel, and Sally Rider, eds, (2011) Navigating Climate Change Policy: The Opportunities of Federalism. Tucson, AZ: University of Arizona Press.