Tara Grillos

Tara Grillos

Assistant Professor // Political Science

Ph.D. Harvard University, 2015
B.S. University of Pennsylvania, 2005
B.A. University of Pennsylvania, 2005

Office Information

Office: BRNG 2254
Office Phone: 765-496-3923
Office Hours:
Monday 1:00 PM-4:00 PM BRNG 2254; 
Wednesday 12:30 PM-1:30 PM BRNG 2254; 
By appointment
E-mail: tgrillos@purdue.edu



Public Policy
Environmental Politics

Research Summary

Professor Grillos’ research focuses on human decision-making and behavior in the context of sustainable development policy. She is particularly interested in how participatory processes, such as direct democracy and deliberation, may influence environmental behavior and public goods provision. Her research has involved fieldwork in various developing nations, including Honduras, Bolivia, Indonesia and Kenya.

Selected Publications

Grillos, Tara. 2018. “Women’s Participation in Environmental Decision-Making: Quasi-Experimental Evidence from Northern KenyaWorld Development, 108C: 115-130.

Andersson, K., Cook, N., Grillos, T., Lopez, MC., Salk, C., Wright, G.D. & Mwangi, E. 2018. “Experimental Evidence on Payments for Forest Commons ConservationNature Sustainability,1(3): 128-135.

Grillos, Tara. 2017. Economic vs. Non-Material Incentives for Participation in an In-Kind Payments for Ecosystem Services Program in Bolivia. Ecological Economics, 131: 178-190.

Grillos, Tara. 2017. Participatory Budgeting and the Poor: Tracing Bias in a Multi-Staged Process in Solo, Indonesia. World Development, 96: 343-358.


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