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Donohew, Zack

Scholar In Residence


Research Areas research areas


research overview

  • Zack's field of research is natural resource economics. Broadly, his goal is to investigate how the governance of natural resources affects management and economic outcomes. These outcomes are affected by the assignment of property rights and how well governing institutions respond to dynamic economic and social factors. Therefore, his research also analyzes the robustness of private, collective, and public governance institutions to changes in the environmental and social preferences.


  • property rights, water resource management, natural resource economics, economics, institutions, collective action, sustainable space governance


courses taught

  • BCOR 1015 - The World of Business
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Fall 2019 / Spring 2020 / Fall 2020 / Spring 2021 / Spring 2022 / Fall 2022 / Spring 2023 / Fall 2023 / Spring 2024
    Provides an overview of the nature business in a global economy. In addition to exploring the economic, governmental, social and environmental context in which businesses operate, students will discover how business creates value and takes advantage of opportunities and challenges. Using examples, cases and projects, students will learn about the business functions in an integrated format. Weekly discussion of current events will focus on entrepreneurship, ethics, international business, business and society, and other topics.
  • CESR 3050 - Sustainable Space Governance
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2022 / Spring 2024
    As more countries and companies develop extraterrestrial ambitions, the sustainability of space activities is at risk. While outer space is vast, Earth�s orbit is facing debris, satellite congestion, and radiofrequency interference. Following lessons from exploring Antarctica and the Deep Sea, the course surveys international outer space law and the role of private and public actors in exploration of the final frontier. Students will also consider prospective questions in space governance like planetary settlement and asteroid mining.
  • CESR 4825 - Experimental Seminar
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2021
    Offered irregularly to provide opportunity for investigation of new frontiers in Social Responsibility.
  • MBAC 6002 - Social, Moral and Economic Foundations for Business
    Primary Instructor - Summer 2020 / Fall 2020 / Summer 2021 / Fall 2021 / Summer 2022 / Fall 2022 / Summer 2023 / Fall 2023
    Examines historical context for the rise of modern business institutions and market economies, and interrelationships in various business objectives. Connects how different economic approaches address the allocation of existing and future scarce resources, and how individual economic freedom relates to various societal objectives. Explores concepts of core business relevance including intellectual property, the role of ethics in the production of commercial information, and the value of diverse information sets in decision-making.


International Activities