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Joshua Fisher, Ph.D.


Josh Fisher received his Ph.D. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University, where he studied the ecological drivers of armed conflict. His work coupled geospatial statistics, remote sensing, and econometric modeling to develop spatially explicit forecast models of the likelihood of armed conflict. In addition to his academic work, Dr. Fisher has worked in sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America on environmental management and poverty reduction. He has worked with conservation organizations, private sector firms, and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management on natural resource governance and biodiversity conservation issues.

Dr. Fisher’s current work focuses on natural resource management and governance as tools for conflict prevention. At the Earth Institute, he works with Dr. Peter Coleman in the Advanced Consortium for Cooperation, Conflict, and Complexity (AC4) to understand the intersection of conflict, environment, and development.


  • Ph.D., George Mason University
  • M.S., Utah State University
  • B.S., Utah State University