Psychology, Department of


Date of this Version

Spring 5-2014

Document Type



Hamm, J. A. (2014). Understanding the role of trust in cooperation with a natural resources institution. (Unpublished doctoral dissertation). University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, Nebraska.


A DISSERTATION Presented to the Faculty of The Graduate College at the University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements For the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy, Major: Psychology, Under the Supervision of Professors Alan J. Tomkins and Brian H. Bornstein. Lincoln, Nebraska: May, 2014

Copyright (c) 2014 Joseph Allan Hamm


This dissertation investigates the role of trust in predicting cooperation with a natural resources management institution. It begins with an exploration of the legal landscape against which the relationship between land owners and natural resources management institutions is contextualized, presents a review of the often ostensibly disparate trust literature and a framework for its integration, and proposes and tests a model of trust and cooperation in the natural resources context. The results provide mixed support for the model as proposed but confirm the importance of trust in this context and suggest implications for policy, especially the potential importance of increasing institution- specific trust via efforts that focus, in particular, upon increasing the trustor’s willingness to accept vulnerability.

Co-Advisors: Alan J. Tomkins and Brian H. Bornstein