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Research interests

Nicole Darnall's research investigates non-regulatory governance as it relates to global sustainability. Operating at this nexus of the policy and management sciences, she considers a variety of non-regulatory governance approaches (e.g., voluntary programs, strategic alliances, certification, and information-based initiatives) to determine whether the absence of state coercion combined with appropriate incentives can encourage organizations to operate more sustainably.


  • Sustainability policy
  • Sustainable enterprise
  • Information-based policy
  • Certification programs
  • Nonregulatory governance
  • Voluntary programs
  • Green consumerism
  • Management
  • Strategic alliances
  • Public policy
  • Sustainable procurement

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Research Output 1994 2017

All are not created equal: assessing local governments’ strategic approaches towards sustainability

Ji, H. & Darnall, N. Mar 2 2017 (Accepted/In press) In : Public Management Review. p. 1-22 22 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Local government
Sustainable development
Policy instruments

Institutional design of ecolabels: Sponsorship signals rule strength

Darnall, N., Ji, H. & Potoski, M. 2017 (Accepted/In press) In : Regulation and Governance.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

performance monitoring
1 Citations

Stakeholder influences on the design of firms’ environmental practices

Ferrón Vilchez, V., Darnall, N. & Aragón Correa, J. A. Jan 20 2017 In : Journal of Cleaner Production. 142, p. 3370-3381 12 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Stakeholder influence
Environmental practices

Business as a Collaborative Partner: Understanding Firms' Sociopolitical Support for Policy Formation

Kim, Y. & Darnall, N. Mar 1 2016 In : Public Administration Review. 76, 2, p. 326-337 12 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

type of enterprise
policy approach
15 Citations

The effect of ISO 14001 on environmental performance: Resolving equivocal findings

Arimura, T. H., Darnall, N., Ganguli, R. & Katayama, H. Jan 15 2016 In : Journal of Environmental Management. 166, p. 556-566 11 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

voluntary approach
environmental modeling
international agreement
performance assessment
uncertainty analysis


Best Dissertation Award

Nicole Darnall (Recipient), 2003

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Best First Case

Nicole Darnall (Recipient), 2008

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Best Paper Award

Nicole Darnall (Recipient), 2003

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Carolyn Dexter Award for Best International Paper (finalist)

Nicole Darnall (Recipient), 2005

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Collaborative Visiting Fellow

Nicole Darnall (Recipient), 2009

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Projects 2013 2017

local government
climate change
global climate
Energy efficiency
Energy conservation
Energy policy
Solar energy

City of Phoenix Waste Diversion Development Plan

O'Neill, G. D., Allenby, B. R., Seager, T. P. & Darnall, N.


Project: Research project

development plan