College of Natural Resources
Campus Locations: Moscow
Professor of Environmental Policy, Planning & Management
Interdisciplinary resource management and planning
Human dimensions of water resources, restoration ecology, and ecosystem management
Community development and resource management
Social impact assessment
Resource management, policy and planning
Economics of water resources, recreation & amenity values
regional economics of rural communities
Organizational psychology of resource management agencies
Resource conflict management and resolution
I have been a member of the faculty of the Department of Conservation Social Sciences in the College of Natural Resources since 1984, after earning an M.S. at Colorado State and a Ph.D. at the University of Michigan. In my work as Professor of Environmental Policy, Planning, and Management, I have applied social psychology, rural sociology, and economics to such areas as community-based impact assessment, ecological restoration, ecosystem management and water resources. Until recently, I served as the director for the college’s Master of Natural Resources Program, an interdisciplinary MPA-type program. I currently teach courses on the human dimensions of resource management and natural resources planning. I am married, and we have 3 grown kids – one living here in Moscow, one in Portland, and one in Oakland, CA — plus our two dogs (pound puppies that are Lab/Heinz-47 mixes). A recent eye-opening event in my life started when I was back east a year ago July & came down with a splitting headache, which turned out to be a brain abscess; two days after going into an Urgent Care office to have it checked out, I was on the operating table getting my head sawed open, my brain cleansed of the infection, and the pressure relieved. Only two days later, I was out of the hospital, but I stayed on bed-rest and antibiotics for a couple of months after returning to Idaho.
- Harris, C.C., Nielsen EA, Becker DR, Blahna D, and WJ McLaughlin. (2012). Results of community deliberation about social impacts of ecological restoration: Comparing public input of self-selected versus actively engaged community members. Environmental Management, 50(2): 191-203.
- Harris, C.C. (2012). Human dimensions of ecological restoration: A multitude of dimensions. Book review of edited volume entitled, Human Dimensions of Ecological Restoration. Invited manuscript accepted for publication. The Prairie Naturalist 44(1), 66–67.
- Brown, G., T. Squirrell, and C. Harris. 2010. Growing organizational challenges for the U.S. Forest Service: Results of a longitudinal study in a period of major environmental change. Journal of Forestry. 2010 (March), 77-85.
- Brown, G., C. Harris, and T.J. Squirrell. 2010. Gender diversification in the U.S. Forest Service: Does it still matter? Review of Public Personnel Administration, 30(3): 268-300.
- Seekamp, E., C.C. Harris, T.E. Hall, and T.E. Craig. 2010. A mixed methods approach to measuring depth of group information processing in the context of deliberative public involvement. Manuscript accepted for publication in Journal of Mixed Methods Research.
- Smaldone, D., C.C. Harris, and N. Sanyal. 2008. The role of time in place attachment. Journal of Leisure Research 40(4): 305-330.
- Development of a Quality of Life Assessment Protocol for Rural Communities. (With G. Brown.) Joint Research Venture, USDA Forest Service, Human Dimensions, W.O. & PSW Ecosystem Studies Unit. 2009-2010.
- Assessing and Enhancing Community Conditions and Capacity for Sustainable Community Development. Joint Research Venture, USDA Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. 2007-2010.
- Water of the West: Towards a Sustainable, Interdisciplinary Water Resources Program. (Proposal co-author and planning committee member.) President’s Reinvestment Strategic Initiative. 2006-2008.
- Sustainable Idaho Program. (Proposal co-author and planning committee member.) President’s Reinvestment Strategic Initiative. 2006-2008.
- Idaho Water Resources Information and Needs Assessment: Extended Analysis and Enhanced Information Transfer.” (With E. Seekamp) USGS 104(b) Grant Program. 2006.
- INRA Water Resources Research Needs Assessment.” (With D. Jackson-Smith, Utah State U.) INRA. 2006-2007.
- Assessing Comfort-Levels with Decisions Made on the Fireline.” (With Alexis Lewis.) Joint Research Venture, USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Experiment Station. July 2007.
- Bringing Sustainable Food into Youth Outdoor Education. With J. Farley. Dept. of CSS and Rural Roots, Inc., UI, and the Palouse Clearwater Environmental Institute (PCEI). USDA-CSREES Community Food Projects Competitive Grants Program. 2005.
- Evaluation of a designed and implemented non-native invasive species learning unit. (With G. Wiesner.) Center for Research on Invasive Species and Small Populations, UI. 2005.
- Exploring Agency Related Wilderness Values and Measuring Changes to Stakeholder Attitudes about Wilderness Experience Management Related to Participation in Value-Focused Structured Analytic Deliberative Stakeholder Involvement Meetings. U.S. Forest Service. With Erin Seekamp and Troy Hall. 2008.
- Director, Master of Natural Resources Program, College of Natural Resources, UI. 1999 – 2009.
- U.S. Forest Service Policy Fellow, Policy Office, Research & Development, USDA Forest Service National Headquarters, Washington, DC.