Bliss, John

Associate Dean for Graduate and International Programs

Office Location: 
140 Peavy Hall
Email Address: 

Private forest policy, forest-based rural development

Educational Background: 
  • Ph.D., 1988, Forestry, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • M.S., 1979, Forestry, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • B.A., 1973, Anthropology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Resilient Rural Communities (FOR 499). In this experiential learning field class, students from OSU and Akita International University, Japan, learn together at rural sites in Oregon and Akita Prefecture, Japan.
  • Social Dimensions of Sustainable Natural Resources (SNR 520). This online course explores five social sustainability principles and the role they play in creating sustainable natural resources.
Research Interests: 
NOTE: Due to my administrative appointment I am not currently pursuing new research opportunities or recruiting new graduate students.

Private forest policy, forest-based rural development, integration of qualitative and quantitative research methods, integration of social and ecological research.

Graduate Students: 
Essentially all of my research is undertaken in collaboration with graduate students. To varying degrees students take responsibility for the design and implementation of the research leading to their theses. My principal roles are those of coach, critical reviewer, and sounding board.
Current graduate students (Fall, 2014):
  • Sophia Polasky, PhD. Rural community resilience in West Africa.

Selected Publications: 
  1. Guillozet, Kathleen, John C. Bliss, and Tiglu Seboka Kelecha. Degradation in an Afromontane Forest in highland Ethiopia. Accepted for publication in Small Scale Forestry July 8, 2014.
  2. Abrams, Jesse, John C. Bliss, and Hannah Gosnell. 2014. Reflexive gentrification of working lands in the American West: Contesting the “middle place.” Journal of Rural and Community Development: Special Issue: Rural Geography – Rural Development. 8 (3): 144-158.
  3. Kelly, Erin C., John C. Bliss, and Hannah Gosnell. 2013. The Mazama returns: The politics and possibilities of tribal land reacquisition. Journal of Political Ecology 20: 429 - 443.
  4. Abrams, Jesse, and John C. Bliss. 2012. Amenity landownership, land use change and the re-creation of “working landscapes”. Society and Natural Resources (Published online November 2012).
  5. Kelly, Erin C., and John C. Bliss. 2012. From Industrial Ownership to Multifunctional Landscapes: Tenure Change and Rural Restructuring in Central Oregon. Society and Natural Resources (Published online March, 2012).
  6. Villavicencio Valdez, Gabriela Valeria; Eric Neal Hansen, and John C. Bliss. 2012. Factors impacting marketplace success of community forest enterprises: The case of TIP Muebles, Oaxaca, Mexico. Small Scale Forestry 11:339-363.
  7. Dragan S Nonic, John C Bliss, Vojislav S Milijic, Nenad Petrovic, Mersudin Avdibegovic, and Milan Mataruga. 2011. Challenges of organizing private forest owners in Serbia. Small Scale Forestry 10(4): 435-455.
  8. Giampaoli, Peter, and John C. Bliss. 2011. Landowner perceptions of habitat protection policy and process in Oregon. Western Journal of Applied Forestry 26(3):110-118.
  9. Donoghue, Ellen, Sara Thompson, and John C. Bliss. 2010. Tribal-federal collaboration in resource management. Journal of Ecological Anthropology 14(1):22-39.
  10. Fischer , A. Paige, John C. Bliss, Fredrik Ingemarsson, Gun Lidestav and Lars Lönnstedt. 2010. From the small woodland problem to ecosocial systems: the evolution of social research on small-scale forestry in Sweden and the USA. Scandinavian Journal of Forest Research 25(4). Invited.
  11. Bliss, John C., E.C. Kelly, J. Abrams, C. Bailey, and J. Dyer. 2010. Disintegration of the U. S. Industrial Forest Estate: Dynamics, trajectories, and questions. Small-scale Forestry 9(1):53-66.

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