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Raul Perez LEJANO

Raul Perez Lejano

Adjunct Professor

Raul Perez Lejano
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NYU Steinhardt School, 239 Greene Street, Room 424, New York, NY 10003 USA


Dr Lejano is Associate Professor at the NYU Steinhardt School and Adjunct Professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (National University of Singapore). He is an urban planning and policy scholar whose foremost interests involve understanding people’s deep engagements with community and environment, and reflecting such in how we design policy and institutions from a relational perspective. His work on urban sustainability involves increasing resilience in vulnerable communities to risks from extreme weather events, environmental health risks, and social disenfranchisement. His research suggests strategies for reforming urban governance around an ethic of care. Current projects include studying resilience to extreme weather in developing nations and analysing institutional innovation around land reform and environmental governance in China.
Beginning with his first book, Frameworks for Policy Analysis: Merging Text and Context (Routledge), he has developed approaches for integrating multiple analytical lenses in interpreting environmental situations. In his latest (co-authored) book, The Power of Narrative in Environmental Networks (MIT Press), a theory is advanced regarding the unique capacity of narrative to capture complex human motivations and human-nonhuman relationships.
His work in the area of environmental education emphasizes how ecological knowledge emerges from the capacity of a person to build relationships with others. Since people’s motivations are never merely utilitarian or affective or ethical, policies cannot be so simplistically designed. As an example, cities need to be analyzed not merely in objective terms but as a web of relationships. His latest work involves the role of narrative and relationality in moving people to act on climate change. His work on collective action also appears in a special issue of Environmental Science & Policy, entitled Interrogating the Commons, which he co-edited. Lejano received his doctorate in Environmental Health Science in 1998 from UCLA, and held faculty appointments at MIT, UCI, and HKU before coming to the Steinhardt School at NYU. As a doctoral student, he worked with Lloyd Shapley, recipient of the Nobel Prize in economics.


  • Lejano, Raul and Jennifer Dodge (2016). “The Narrative Properties of Ideology: The Adversarial Turn and Climate Skepticism in the U.S.,” Policy Sciences http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11077-016-9274-9.
  • Lejano, Raul and Richard Funderburg (2016). “Geographies of Risk, the Regulatory State, and the Ethic of Care,” Annals of the American Association of Geographers 106(5):1097-1110.
  • Lejano, Raul, Joyce Melcar Tan, & Meredith Wilson (2016), “A Textual Processing Model of Risk Communication: Lessons from Typhoon Haiyan,” Weather, Climate, and Society 8(4):447-463.
  • Lejano, Raul and Erualdo Gonzalez (2016). “Sorting through Differences: The Problem of Planning as Reimagination,” J. of Planning Education & Research http://jpe.sagepub.com/content/early/2016/03/23/0739456X16634167.abstract .
  • Leong, C., & Lejano, R. (2016). Thick narratives and the persistence of institutions: using the Q methodology to analyse IWRM reforms around the Yellow River. Policy Sciences, 1-21.
  • Kyriazi, Z., Lejano, R., Maes, F., & Degraer, S. (2016). A cooperative game-theoretic framework for negotiating marine spatial allocation agreements among heterogeneous players. Journal of Environmental Management.
  • Lejano, Raul (2016). “Assemblage and Heterogeneity in Social-Ecological Systems,” Progress in Human Geography (in process).
  • Lejano, Raul, Joyce Tan, and Meriwether Wilson (2015). “Communicating risk: Learning from Typhoon Haiyan,” Nature 518: 35.
  • Lejano, Raul and Sung Jin Park (2015), “The Autopoietic Text” in Fischer et al., Handbook of Critical Policy Studies, Edward Elgar.
  • Kyriazi, Z., Lejano, R., Maes, F. and Degraer, S. (2015). “Bargaining a net gain compensation agreement between a marine renewable energy developer and a marine protected area manager”. Marine Policy 60: 40-48.
  • Ingram, M, H. Ingram, and R. Lejano (2015). “Environmental action in the anthropocene: The power of narrative networks”. J. of Env. Policy and Planning, 1-16.
  • Goldstein, B., A. Taufen Wessells, R. Lejano, and W. Butler (2015). “Narrating resilience: Transforming urban systems through collaborative storytelling.” Urban Studies 52(7):1285-1303.
  • Lejano, Raul (2015). “Narrative disenchantment,” Critical Policy Studies.93)3):368-371.
  • Lejano, Raul and Francisco Fernandez de Castro (2014). “Norm, network, and commons: The invisible hand of community.” Environmental Science & Policy 36:73-85.
  • Lejano, Raul, Eduardo Araral, and Dianne Araral (2014). “Introduction to the special issue: Interrogating the commons.” Environmental Science & Policy 36:1-7.
  • Lian, Hongping and Raul Lejano (2014). “Interpreting institutional fit: Urbanization, development, and China’s ‘land-lost’.” World Development 61:1-10.
  • Ingram, Mrill, Helen Ingram, and Raul Lejano (2014). “What’s the story? Creating and sustaining environmental networks,” Environmental Politics (in press).
  • Park, S. J., Ogunseitan, O. A., and Lejano, R. P. (2014). “Dempster‐Shafer theory applied to regulatory decision process for selecting safer alternatives to toxic chemicals in consumer products”. Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management 10(1):12-21.
  • Lejano, Raul, Mrill Ingram, and Helen Ingram (2013). The Power of Narrative in Environmental Networks. MIT Press: Cambridge, Mass.
  • Lejano, Raul, Joana Tavares-Reager, and Fikret Berkes (2013). “Climate and narrative: Environmental knowledge in everyday life.” Environmental Science & Policy 31:61-70.
  • Howlett, M., and Lejano, R. P. (2013). “Tales from the crypt: The rise and fall (and rebirth?) of policy design,” Administration & Society 45(3):357-381.
  • Lee, E., R. Lejano, and R. Connelly (2013). “Regulation-by-information in areas of limited statehood: Lessons from the Philippines’ environmental regulation.” Regulation & Governance 7(3):387-405.
  • Lejano, Raul and Savita Shankar (2013). “The contextualist turn and schematics of institutional fit: Theory and a case study from Southern India.” Policy Sciences 46(1):83-102.
  • Lejano, Raul and Daniel Stokols (2013). “Social ecology, sustainability, and economics,” Ecological Economics 89:1-6.
  • Stokols, D., R. Lejano, and J. Hipp (2012). “Enhancing the resilience of human-environment systems: A social ecological perspective,” Ecology & Society 18(1):7.
  • Lejano, Raul and Ching Leong (2012), “A hermeneutic approach to explaining and understanding public controversies.” JPART: Journal of Public Administration Research & Theory 22 (4): 793-814.
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