Jovita DeLoatch

Comparative Law & Economics/Legal Anthropology
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jovita-deloatchThe focus of my research is to describe the legal structures and the network patterns regulating the use of land and water in coastal zones. The goal is to explain how different behaviors can emerge on different scales of juridicity (whether as legislation, case law, or local norms) and to better understand how legal processes guiding ecosystem management influence coastal biodiversity.

Fundamental to the development of this area of research is the application of empirical, quantitative approaches to theories of law. Of particular interests are projects that use legal theory and empirical models to evaluate regulatory structures, inefficiencies, and land use incentives. This research also seeks to elucidate the interdependence of policy guidance, agency reviews, case, statutory, and regulatory law, with community structures, social objectives, cultural values, and economic demands. The approach seeks to situate ‘law’ within this ecosystem of objectives, values, and use incentives at different spatial and temporal scales.

My interests encompass projects that seek to determine how information is used in determining planning principles and in forming judgements within governing institutions. New land use principles seek to remediate environmental damage of dense living in urban coastal cities in the hope of also revitalizing distressed neighborhoods, managing climate change, and improving wildlife biodiversity. A particularly important focus of this research is modeling the interplay between information, structure, scale and concepts of sustainability in diverse complex systems in order to identify best land use practices for sustainable urban coastal communities and their interconnected marine ecosystems. Collaborative research opportunities for science-policy projects are critical to exploring this interplay of information exchange, social capital dynamics and regulation, with environmental habitats and species richness.

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Environmental Law, Urban Planning