Brown University
Public Policy

Caroline Karp

Senior Lecturer International and Public Affairs

Areas of Interest: US and international environmental law and policy, property law and environmental policy, environmental management from watershed to household.


Caroline Karp teaches domestic and international environmental law and policy courses. Her newest courses include Governance of the Seven Seas and a co-taught research course on fisheries and seafood. Karp’s long-term research interests focus on understanding the roles of individuals, societies, governments, and user groups on governance of water use, water quality, and non-/living marine resources. Two current projects include a legal analysis of state and local authority to regulate land use in high-hazard flood areas, and development of a crowd-sourced “app” to monitor jellyfish as an indicator of ecological change. Karp has worked with students in Indonesia, Senegal, Madagascar, and Rhode Island to examine the effects of land use, artisanal and commercial fishing, emerging markets, and tourism on marine and coastal resources. She represents Rhode Island on a subcommittee of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission and works with environmental groups and agencies on issues related to environmental planning and enforcement.


Science, law and policy relating to protection of the marine environment and aquatic life;

Use of gelatinous zooplankton (Jellies) as sentinels of environmental change in coastal waters;

Governance of coastal waters and land use in high hazard flood zones.