Raymond’s research focuses on environmental policy and politics, including climate policy and carbon pricing, other market-based environmental policies such as payments for ecosystem services, and the use of incentives and non-coercive policies to change private landowner or resident behaviors related to endangered species protection, soil and water conservation, and energy conservation, among other challenges. His research also addresses policies related to environmental risks and the precautionary principle. Overarching themes in Raymond’s writings include: the role of norms and normative ideas in creating and sustaining policy change, political communication and issue framing, and building public support for controversial environmental policies such as carbon pricing or endangered species protection. Raymond is a lead author for the Indiana Climate Change Impacts Assessment, has spoken at multiple Indiana energy conferences, has authored more than a dozen policy briefs related to environmental policy, and is a former Director of the Purdue Center for the Environment and Board member of NICHES Land Trust in West Central Indiana.
Documents emergence of new frames in climate skepticism stressing the economic disadvantages of climate policies rather than uncertainty over climate science.
Documents how environmental advocates were able to transform emissions trading policy in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (REGGI) by reframing emissions allowances as public resources to be used for public benefits only.
Uses national survey data to show the greater influence of "normative" frames stressing moral principles over economic self-interest frames on public support for policies to promote renewable fuels.
Uses experimental data to show how different local climate change impact frames affect public support for state policy action on climate change, and behavioral intentions to mitigate climate change.
Provides an interdisciplinary analysis of how norms and norm change may catalyze sudden policy changes on environmental and human rights issues.
Investigates beliefs of private landowners in a critical habitat area for the endangered Indiana Brown Bat, showing that landowners tend to support an "intrinsic" right of ownership as well as the intrinsic rights of species to exist, suggesting new ways for potential collaboration with private owners on species conservation.