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Nicole Ardoin


Nicole Ardoin is an associate professor with a joint appointment in the Graduate School of Education and the Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford University. Professor Ardoin´s research focuses on environmental behavior as influenced by environmental learning and motivated by place-based connections. In particular, she is interested in considerations of geographic scale, which is an understudied yet crucial aspect of people-place relationships in a rapidly globalizing, urbanizing world. Professor Ardoin has current studies on the use of education, communications, and other social strategies in informal and community-based settings, including nature-based tourism programs, to engage individuals and communities in deliberate dialogue, environmental decision-making, and informed conservation behavior.

Professor Ardoin also researches the effectiveness of a range of environmental education and social science endeavors in achieving measurable and meaningful conservation results. To this end, she conducts evaluations with informal organizations including museums, zoos/aquariums, parks, and residential environmental education programs, with an emphasis on using innovative, non-traditional metrics and adaptive management approaches. She is also interested in philanthropic support of environmental education and emergent trends in the field of environmental education research.

Other Titles

Director, E-IPER, Associate Professor of Education and Senior Fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment
Senior Fellow, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment
Affiliate, Precourt Institute for Energy
Center Fellow, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Program Affiliations


Research Interests

Environmental Education | Gender Issues | Science Education

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Recent Publications

Lemos, M. C., Arnott, J. C., Ardoin, N. M., Baja, K., Bednarek, A. T., Dewulf, A., … Wyborn, C. (2018). To co-produce or not to co-produce. NATURE SUSTAINABILITY, 1(12), 722–24.

Gould, R. K., Phukan, I., Mendoza, M. E., Ardoin, N. M., & Panikkar, B. (2018). Seizing opportunities to diversify conservation. CONSERVATION LETTERS, 11(4).

Reineman, D. R., & Ardoin, N. M. (2018). Sustainable tourism and the management of nearshore coastal places: place attachment and disruption to surf-spots. JOURNAL OF SUSTAINABLE TOURISM, 26(2), 325–40.

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