Leigh Raymond

Leigh Raymond

Professor of Political Science, Purdue University
Founding Member, Purdue Climate Change Research Center and Purdue Center for the Environment
Chapter Member: Indiana SSN
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About Leigh

Raymond’s research focuses on environmental policy and politics, including climate policy and carbon pricing, other market-based environmental policies such as payments for ecosystem services, and the use of incentives and non-coercive policies to change private landowner or resident behaviors related to endangered species protection, soil and water conservation, and energy conservation, among other challenges. His research also addresses policies related to environmental risks and the precautionary principle. Overarching themes in Raymond’s writings include: the role of norms and normative ideas in creating and sustaining policy change, political communication and issue framing, and building public support for controversial environmental policies such as carbon pricing or endangered species protection. Raymond is a lead author for the Indiana Climate Change Impacts Assessment, has spoken at multiple Indiana energy conferences, has authored more than a dozen policy briefs related to environmental policy, and is a former Director of the Purdue Center for the Environment and Board member of NICHES Land Trust in West Central Indiana.


Building Political Support for Carbon Pricing

No Jargon Podcast

In the News

Opinion: "New Climate Deal Will Help in the Short Term, Too," Leigh Raymond, The Progressive Magazine, July 29, 2022.


"Does Climate Denialism Still Matter? The Prevalence of Alternative Frames in Opposition to Climate Policy" (with Heather Cann). Environmental Politics 27, no. 3 (2018): 433-445.

Documents emergence of new frames in climate skepticism stressing the economic disadvantages of climate policies rather than uncertainty over climate science.

"Reclaiming the Atmospheric Commons: The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative and a New Model of Emissions Trading" (MIT Press, 2016).

Documents how environmental advocates were able to transform emissions trading policy in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (REGGI) by reframing emissions allowances as public resources to be used for public benefits only.

"Normative Framing and Public Attitudes toward Biofuels Policies" (with Ashlie Delshad). Environmental Communication 10, no. 4 (2016): 508-524.

Uses national survey data to show the greater influence of "normative" frames stressing moral principles over economic self-interest frames on public support for policies to promote renewable fuels.

"Framing, Partisan Pre-Dispositions, and Public Opinion on Climate Change" (with Sarah Wiest and Rosalee A. Clawson). Global Environmental Change 31 (2015): 187-198.

Uses experimental data to show how different local climate change impact frames affect public support for state policy action on climate change, and behavioral intentions to mitigate climate change.

"Making Change: Norm-Based Strategies for Institutional Change to Address Intractable Problems" (with S. Laurel Weldon, Daniel Kelly, Ximena Arriaga, and and Ann Marie Clark). Political Research Quarterly 67, no. 1 (2014): 197-211.

Provides an interdisciplinary analysis of how norms and norm change may catalyze sudden policy changes on environmental and human rights issues.

"Landowner Beliefs Regarding Biodiversity Protection on Private Property: An Indiana Case Study" (with Andrea Olive). Society and Natural Resources 21 (2008): 483-497.

Investigates beliefs of private landowners in a critical habitat area for the endangered Indiana Brown Bat, showing that landowners tend to support an "intrinsic" right of ownership as well as the intrinsic rights of species to exist, suggesting new ways for potential collaboration with private owners on species conservation.