Visiting researchers

Matthew Hoffman

Visiting researcher with Fulbright Scholar - PhD in Development Sociology

Matthew Hoffman was a Fulbright Scholar at RURALIS until July of 2017. Hoffman received his PhD in Development Sociology from Cornell University and spent two years as Visiting Assistant Professor of Food Systems at New York University before returning to Norway as a visiting researcher at the Institute in 2014.  Hoffman’s work spans three substantive areas of interest – agriculture and food systems; property rights and natural resource management; and community development – all of which are united by a common theoretical interest: the problems of collective action inherent to public goods provision in landscapes fragmented by diffuse private ownership. His research examines institutions that address these problems, from public planning processes to arrangements between private landowners. He is currently involved in projects related to wildlife, hunting and outfield management, with pending projects on farm scale and sustainable intensification.