Faculty Profiles

William Boyd

William Boyd

Professor of Law
B.A. University of North Carolina, 1989
M.A. University of California, Berkeley, 1994
Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, 2002
J.D. Stanford Law School, 2002
UCLA Faculty since 2018


The Slain Wood: Paper Making and its Environmental Consequences in the American South. Johns Hopkins Univ. Press (2015). Amazon

Articles and Chapters

The Clean Air Act’s National Ambient Air Quality Standards: A Case Study of Durability and Flexibility in Program Design and Implementation, in The Future Of U.S. Energy Policy: Lessons From The Clean Air Act (edited by Carlson and Burtraw, Cambridge Univ. Press, forthcoming 2018).
Water is for Fighting Over: Papermaking and the Struggle Over Groundwater in Coastal Georgia, 1930s-2000s, in Coastal Nature, Coastal Culture (edited by Pressly and Sutter, Univ. of Georgia Press, 2018).
Just Price, Public Utility, and the Long History of Economic Regulation in America, 35 Yale Journal on Regulation 721 (2018). Full Text
Accidents of Federalism: Ratemaking and Policy Innovation in Public Utility Law (with Ann Carlson), 63 UCLA Law Review 810 (2016). Full Text
Environmental Law, Big Data, and the Torrent of Singularities, 64 UCLA Law Review Discourse 544 (2016). (Symposium Essay) Full Text
Public Utility and the Low Carbon Future, 61 UCLA Law Review 1614 (2014). Full Text
Responding to Climate Change and the Global Land Crisis: REDD+, Market Transformation, and Low-Emissions Rural Development (with D. Nepstad, C. Stickler, T. Bezerra, and A. Azevedo), 368 Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 20120167 (2013). Full Text
More Food, More Forests, Fewer Emissions, Better Livelihoods: Linking REDD+, Sustainable Supply Chains, and Domestic Policies in Brazil, Indonesia, and Colombia (with D. Nepstad, et al.), 4 Carbon Management 639 (2013). Full Text
Genealogies of Risk: Searching for Safety, 1930s-1970s, 39 Ecology Law Quarterly 895 (2012). Full Text
Law, Environment, and the Non-Dismal Social Sciences (with Douglas A. Kysar & Jeffrey J. Rachlinski), 8 Annual Review of Law & Social Science 183 (2012). Full Text
The Curious Case of Greening in Carbon Markets (with James Salzman), 41 Environmental Law 73 (2011). Full Text
Deforestation and Emerging Greenhouse Gas Compliance Regimes: Toward a Global Environmental Law of Forests, Carbon, and Climate Governance, in Deforestation and Climate Change: Reducing Carbon Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (edited by V. Bosetti and R. Lubowski, Edward Elgar, 2010). Full Text
Climate Change, Fragmentation, and the Challenges of Global Environmental Law: Elements of a Post-Copenhagen Assemblage, 32 University of Pennsylvania Journal of International Law 457 (2010). Full Text
Ways of Seeing in Environmental Law: How Deforestation Became an Object of Climate Governance, 37 Ecology Law Quarterly 843 (2010). Reprinted in 43 Land Use & Environmental Law Review (2012). Full Text
Manufacturing Green Gold: Industrial Tree Improvement and the Power of Heredity in the Post-War United States (with Scott Prudham), in Industrializing Organisms: Introducing Evolutionary History (edited by Philip Scranton and Susan Schrepfer, Routledge, 2004).
Wonderful Potencies: Deep Structure and the Problem of Monopoly in Agricultural Biotechnology, in Engineering Trouble: Genetic Engineering and its Discontents (edited by Dennis Kelso and Rachel Schurman, Univ. of California Press, 2003). Full Text
Controlling Toxic Harms: The Struggle over Dioxin Contamination in the Pulp and Paper Industry, 21 Stanford Environmental Law Journal 345 (2002). Full Text
Making Meat, 42 Technology & Culture 631 (2001). Reprinted in Environmental History and the American South (edited by P. Sutter and C. Manganiello, University of Georgia Press, 2009).
The Forest is the Future? Industrial Forestry and the Southern Pulp and Paper Complex, in The Second Wave: Southern Industrialization, 1940-1970s (edited by Philip Scranton, Univ. of Georgia Press, 2001).
Industrial Dynamics and the Problem of Nature (with Scott Prudham and Rachel Schurman), 14 Society & Natural Resources 555 (2001).
Agro-Industrial Just-In-Time (with Michael Watts), in Globalising Food: Agrarian Questions and Global Restructuring (edited by David Goodman and Michael Watts, Routledge, 1997).
International Institutional Arrangements for Environment and Development: A Post-Rio Assessment (with Lee Kimball), 1 Review of European Community and International Environmental Law 295 (1992).

Other Publications

Highly Reliable Organizations in the Onshore Natural Gas Sector: An Assessment of Current Practices, Regulatory Frameworks, and Select Case Studies (with E. Paranhos and T. Kozak), Joint Institute for Strategic Energy Analysis, NREL/SR-6A50-67941 1-81 (NREL 2017). Full Text
A Review of Water and Greenhouse Gas Impacts of Unconventional Natural Gas Development in The United States (with D. Arent et al.), 2 MRS Energy & Sustainability: A Review Journal 1-21 (2015). Full Text
Controlling Methane Emissions in the Natural Gas Sector: A Review of Federal & State Regulatory Frameworks Governing Production, Gathering, Processing, Transmission, and Distribution (with E. Paranhos, T. Kozak, J. Bradbury, D. Steinberg, and D. Arent), Joint Institute for Strategic Energy Analysis, NREL/TP-6A50-63416 1-79 (NREL 2015). Full Text
A Review of Sector and Regional Trends in U.S. Electricity Markets: Focus on Natural Gas (with J. Logan and K. Medlock), Joint Institute for Strategic Energy Analysis, NREL/TP-6A50-64652 1-56 (NREL 2015). Full Text
Natural Gas and the Transformation of the U.S. Energy Sector: Electricity (with J. Logan, G. Heath, E. Paranhos, H. Carlson, K., and J. Macknick), Joint Institute for Strategic Energy Analysis, NREL/TP-6A50-55538 1-240 (NREL 2012). Full Text
Overview of Subnational Programs to Reduce Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) as Part of the Governors' Climate and Forests Task Force, EPRI (2012). Full Text
Reframing REDD+ (with D. Nepstad, P. Moutinho, A. Azevedo, T. Bezerra, B. Smid, M. Stabile, C. Stickler, O. Stella), Instituto de Pesquisa Ambiental da Amazonia (IPAM) (2012).
International Forest Carbon and the Climate Change Challenge: Issues and Options (with L. Olander, K. Lawlor, E. Madeira, and J. Niles), Nicholas Institute Report, Duke University (2009).
Considering Technology within the UN Climate Change Negotiations (with M. Bazilian, H. de Coninck, M. Radka, S. Nakhooda, I. McGill, A. Amin, F. von Malmborg, J. Uosukainene, and R. Bradley), Energy Research Center of the Netherlands, ECN-E-08-077 (2008). Full Text