Daniel C. Miller

Daniel C. Miller is Associate Professor of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Miller’s research and teaching focus on international environmental politics and policy.  He is especially interested in understanding the socioeconomic and ecological impacts of conservation funding in developing countries over the long-term and the political factors that shape those impacts. Dr. Miller has carried out fieldwork in more than ten countries around the world, focusing primarily on national parks and other protected areas. His research has been published in NaturePNAS,  Conservation LettersEnvironmental Research Letters, and World Development, among other journals.

Dr. Miller completed his Ph.D. in the School of Natural Resources and Environment at the University of Michigan and earned undergraduate and Master’s degrees in Political Science at the University of Illinois.  He is Chair of the IUFRO Expert Panel on Forests and Poverty and serves on the Editorial Board for Conservation Letters. He also holds affiliations with the AidData Research Consortium and the Center for African StudiesDepartment of Geography and Geographic Information Science, Department of Political Science, and the Women and Gender in Global Perspectives Program at the University of Illinois. Dr. Miller is a 2020-2021 Fellow in the Center for Advanced Study at the University of Illinois.

Prior to joining the faculty at Illinois, Dr. Miller was Senior Forestry Specialist at the Program on Forests at the World Bank. Before that, he was Program Associate for Conservation and Sustainable Development at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and Rural Community Development Advisor for Yayasan Dian Tama, a local NGO in West Kalimantan, Indonesia.

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