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Louie Rivers

Assoc Professor

Jordan Hall Addition 2219



B.S., Kentucky State University (2001)
M.S., The Ohio State University (2003)
Ph.D., The Ohio State University (2006)

Research Interests

My research focuses on the examination of risk and judgment and decision process in minority and marginalized communities, particularly in regards to the natural environment

Current Projects & Collaborations


ET 455 – Adaptive Management and Governance


  • Gibbs, C., Cassidy, M., Rivers, L. (accepted, in publication). Criminal opportunity structures and the global carbon market. Law & Policy.
  • Larkins, M.J., Gibbs, C., Rivers, L., (accepted, in publication), Toward advancing research on the social and environmental impacts of confined animal feeding operations. The Journal of Social Criminology.
  • Rivers, L., Norris, A. & McGarrell, E. 2012. Mental Model of the Drug Market Intervention.Journal of Drug Issues, 42, 1, pp. 59-81.
  • Larkins, M.J., Gibbs, C., Rivers, L., Dobson, T. 2012. Expanding Environmental Justice: A Case Study of Community Risk and Benefit Perceptions of Industrial Animal Farming Operations. Race, Gender & Class, 19, pp. 218-243.
  • Parker, J., Wilson, R., LeJeune, J., Rivers, L., Doohan, D. 2012. An expert guide to understanding grower decisions related to fresh fruit and vegetable contamination prevention and control. Food Control, 26, 1, pp. 107-116.
  • Rivers, L. & Gibbs, C. 2011. Applying a Conservation Criminology framework to Common Pool Natural Resource Issues. International Journal of Comparative and Applied Criminal Justice,35, 4, pp. 327-346.
  • Gibbs, C., McGarrell, E., Axelrod, M., Rivers, L. 2011. Conservation criminology and the Global trade in Electronic Waste: Applying a Multi-Disciplinary Research Framework. International Journal of Comparative and Applied Criminal Justice, 35, 4, pp.269-291.
  • RiversL., Arvai, J. & Slovic, P. 2010. Beyond a simple case of black and white: Searching for the White Male Effect in the African American community. Risk Analysis, 30, 1, pp. 65-77.
  • Gibbs, C., Gore, M., McGarrell, E., & Rivers, L. 2009. Introducing Conservation Criminology: Towards interdisciplinary scholarship on environmental crimes and risks. British Journal of Criminology, 50, 124-144.
  • Rivers, L., Wilson, R. & Arvai, J. 2008. More than just a message: Risk communication and the decision-making process. Fire Social Science Research From the Pacific Southwest Research Station: Studies Supported by National Fire Plan Funds. United States Department of Agriculture. General Technical Report PSW-GTR-209 2008.
  • Rivers, L., and Arvai, J. 2007. Win some, lose some: The effect of chronic losses on decision making under risk. Journal of Risk Research, 10, 1085-1099.
  • Rivers, L. 2006. A post-Katrina call to action for the risk analysis community. Risk Analysis, 26, 1, pp. 1-2.
  • Arvai, J.L., Campbell, V.E.A., Baird, A., & Rivers, L.. 2004. Teaching students to make better environmental decisions. Journal of Environmental Education, 36, 1, pp. 33-44.

Area(s) of Expertise

Risk, Judgement and Decision Process in Minority and Marginalized Communities