Increasing growth in the world population presents new challenges that affect global resources. From examining the responses to climate change to understanding the social and political dynamics around resource management, SIS scholars’ advances knowledge and solutions to address the changes to our environmental systems. Whether it is examining the political realities related to water governance or exploring the role of environmental activism in shaping preservation strategies, our scholars' research addresses great social and economic challenges that occur in international development and affairs. Scholarship in this issue area broadly covers the following topics:
Multilateral Organizations and Trade Policy
Urban and Peri-urban Resource Provision
Environmental Justice, Human Rights, Ethics, and Activism
Natural Resource-related Conflict, and Peacebuilding
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Sustainable development politics in the Brazilian Amazon
The link between environmental policy, agriculture and human rights
Urban politics and development issues
Crossroads of Development: Conservation, Human Rights, and Infrastructure in the Brazilian Amazon (book manuscript, submission anticipated January 2015).
“Ticket to Ride: Public Transportation Access and Livelihoods in Bogotá, Colombia.” (with Katarina Brunette, submission to Urban Geography, June, 2014).
“Overdevelopment: Development and the Problem of Limits.” (submission anticipated September 2014 to Development and Change).
“Measuring Environmental Regulatory Stringency”, with Arik Levinson, OECD Trade and Environment Working Papers 2013/5, OECD Publishing. (forthcoming in the Review of Environmental Economics and Policy).
Environmental politics and policy in the United Nations system
Environmental policy analysis
Ken Conca and Geoffrey D. Dabelko, eds., Green Planet Blues: Critical Readings in Global Environmental Politics (Coulder, CO: Westview Press, 2014). Fifth edition of teaching anthology; previous editions 2010, 2004, 1998, 1995.
Environmental Human Rights,” in Peter Dauvergne, editor, Handbook of Global Environmental Politics (Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar, 2012).
Claudia Pahl-Wostl, Ken Conca, Annika Kramer, Josefina Maestu, and Falk Schmidt, “Missing Links in Global Water Governance: A Processes-Oriented Analysis,” Ecology and Society vol. 18 no. 2 (June 2013), article 33 (10 pp).
Ranganathan, M. 2014. “Mafias in the Waterscape: Urban Informality and Everyday Public Authority in Bangalore”, Water Altenatives 7(1): 89-105.
Ranganathan, M. 2014. “Paying for Water, Claiming Citizenship: Political Agency and Water Reforms at the Urban Periphery”, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 38 (2): 590-608.
Ranganathan, M. 2013. “Financialized and Insurgent: The Dialectics of Participation in Bangalore’s Neoliberal Water Reforms” in K Coelho, L Kamath, and M Vijayabaskar (Eds), Participolis: Consent and Contention in Neoliberal Urban India. Routledge: New Delhi and Abingdon.