School of International Service
Additional Positions at AUDirector, Global Environmental Politics Program
Co-Director, Global Scholars Program
- Dr. Simon Nicholson is a member of the global environmental politics faculty. His work focuses on global food politics and the politics of emerging technologies.
DegreesPh.D., International Relations, American University; LLM, University of Waikato (New Zealand)
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Professor Nicholson's research and teaching focus on the politics of food and agriculture, global environmental and energy politics, the political and social implications of geoengineering, and issues to do with emerging technologies.
- (with Paul Wapner, eds.) Global Environmental Politics: From Person to Planet (Paradigm Publishers, forthcoming).
- "Governance and Global Environmental Issues: Cooperation in the Twenty-first Century (2000s-present)," in Sally Fairfax and Ed Russel (eds.), The Guide to US Environmental Policy (Congressional Quarterly Press, forthcoming).
- "Biotechnology and the Global Food Riots," in Guy Robinson et al. (eds.), The Globalisation of Agriculture (Edward Elgar, forthcoming).
- "Environmentalism: Cars, Farming, and Resource Insecurity," in Jennifer Sterling-Folker (ed.), Making Sense of IR Theory (2nd ed.) (Lynne Rienner, 2013).
- "The Promises and Perils of Geoengineering," in Worldwatch Institute, State of the World 2013: Is Sustainability Still Possible? (Island Press, 2013).
- "Feeding 10 Billion: A Dialogue Between Feed the Future and the International Research Community," (2011) Report for the US Agency for International Development (USAID), US Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the Association of Public and Landgrant Universities (APLU).
- (with Daniel Chong) "Jumping on the Human Rights Bandwagon: How Rights-based Linkages can Refocus Climate Politics," (2011) Global Environmental Politics vol. 11, no.3, pp. 121-136.
- Review essay, "Understanding and Governing the Global Food System," (2011) Global Environmental Politics vol. 11, no. 2, pp. 120-125.
- "Intelligent Design? Unpacking Geoengineering's Hidden Sacrifices," in Michael Maniates and John Meyer (eds.) The Environmental Politics of Sacrifice (MIT Press, 2010.)
- "A Sea Change in Food Aid?" (2009) Foreign Policy July 23, 2009.
- "Genetically Modified Organisms and Global Hunger: A Real Solution?" (2008) Sustainable Development Law and Policy vol. 9(1), pp. 57-61, 77.
Honors, Awards, and Fellowships
- Fulbright Award
- Moderator and panelist, “Paving the Way for the First Sustainable Generation,” House of Sweden, Washington DC, 15 May 2012.
- “A Dialogue Between Feed the Future and the International Research Community,” prepared for the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Agricultural Outlook Forum 2012: Moving Agriculture Forward, Arlington, Virginia, 24 February 2012.
- Organizer and moderator: “Occupy Wall Street: Why Should We Care?” American University, Washington DC, 4 November 2011.
- "Overview of the Feed the Future Research Strategy," at the Feed the Future Research Forum, Washington DC, 21-23 June 2011.
- Roundtable: "Eating Green: A Conversation about Food, Consumption and Sustainability," at the Andrew Wolf Memorial Conference, Washington DC, 22 April 2011.
- Panel Chair: "Sustainability at the Right Scale?" for American University Earth Week, Washington DC, 21 April 2011.
- (with Daniel Chong) "Jumping on the Human Rights Bandwagon: How Rights based Linkages Are Reshaping Climate Politics," at the Annual Meeting of the International Studies Association, Montreal, Canada, 16-19 March, 2011.
- Roundtable Chair: "The Long Transition: A Moderated Conversation on Pathways to a Sustainable World," at the Annual Meeting of the International Studies Association, Montreal, Canada, 16-19 March, 2011.
- Roundtable: "Bringing Media Projects into a Non-Media Course," at the annual Ann Ferren Teaching Conference, American University, Washington DC, 7 January 2011.
- "Intelligent Design? Unpacking Geoengineering's Hidden Sacrifices," launch for the volume The Environmental Politics of Sacrifice, American University, Washington DC, 1 October 2010.
- Organizer and moderator, "The Art of Problem-Driven Theorizing: Writing Dissertations that Engage with the World," Workshop for Ph.D. students from across the United States, American University, Washington DC, 1 October 2010.
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