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Environment

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:

  • Environmental Policy

  • Multilateral Organizations and Trade Policy
  • Climate Change
  • Technological Innovations
  • Human Suffering
  • Food Security
  • Urban and Peri-urban Resource Provision
  • Energy
  • Environmental Justice, Human Rights, Ethics, and Activism

  • Natural Resource-related Conflict, and Peacebuilding

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Eve Bratman

bratman@american.edu

EVE BRATMAN

EXPERTISE

  • Brazil

  • Sustainable development politics in the Brazilian Amazon

  • The link between environmental policy, agriculture and human rights

  • Urban politics and development issues

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

  • 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).


Ken Conca

conca@american.edu

KEN CONCA

EXPERTISE

  • Global environmental governance

  • Environmental peacebuilding in war-torn societies

  • Environmental politics and policy in the United Nations system

  • Water governance

  • Environmental policy analysis

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

  • 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).


Garrett Graddy

graddy@american.edu

GARRETT GRADDY

EXPERTISE

  • Global environmental and agricultural policy and politics

  • Cultural geography and political ecoology

  • Agricultural biodiversity conservation methods

  • International seed and agricultural policy analysis

  • Social and political theory

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

  • 2014. “Situating in situ: A Critical Geography of Agricultural Biodiversity Conservation in the Peruvian Andes & Beyond” Antipode 46:2.

  • 2014. “Seed-saving” Encyclopedia of Food & Agricultural Ethics ed. H. James. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Press

  • 2013. “Regarding Biocultural Heritage: in situ Political Ecology of Agricultural Biodiversity in the Peruvian Andes” Agriculture & Human Values. 30(4): 587-604.


Sikina Jinnah

jinnah@american.edu

SIKINA JINNAH

EXPERTISE

  • Global environmental politics

  • Climate change politics

  • Trade/environment politics

  • Biodiversity politics

  • International bureaucratic politics

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

  • “Secretariat Influence on Trade-Environment Politics: NAFTA’s Commission on Environmental Cooperation” with Abby Lindsay, Review of Policy Research, forthcoming 2015.

  • Post-treaty Politics: Secretariat Influence in Global Environmental Governance. MIT Press, forthcoming October 2014.

  • Jinnah, Sikina and Elisa Morgera. (2013) “Environmental Provisions in US and EU Trade Agreements: A Comparative Analysis” Review of European Comparative and International Environmental Law.


Simon Nicholson

Simon.Nicholson@american.edu

SIMON NICHOLSON

EXPERTISE

  • Politics of food and agriculture

  • Global environmental and energy poiltics

  • Political and social implications of geoengineering

  • Issues related to emerging technologies


SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

  • (with Paul Wapner, eds.) Global Environmental Politics: From Person to Planet (Paradigm Publishers, June, 2014).

  • “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 Erik Assadourian et al., Worldwatch Institute: State of the World 2013 (Island Press, 2013).


Malini Ranganathan

malini@american.edu

MALINI RANGANATHAN

EXPERTISE

  • Urban political ecology

  • Global water governance

  • Urban informality

  • Flood risk and climate change vulnerability

  • Ethnography

  • Geographic information systems

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

  • 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.


Peter Redvers Lee

redversl@american.edu

PETER REDVERS-LEE

EXPERTISE

  • Economic and community development in the Afro-Ecuadorian communities

  • Participatory development and action research

  • Mixed methodology and development


Paul Wapner

wapner@american.edu

PAUL WAPNER

EXPERTISE

  • Global environmental politics

  • Environmental activist groups

  • The American environmental movement

  • Environmental ethics

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

  • Global Environmental Politics: From Person to Planet, Paradigm Publishers, 2014 (with Simon Nicholson).

  • Living through the End of Nature: The Future of American Environmentalism, Cambridge, MA: MIT Press 2010.

  • "Sacrifice in an Age of Comfort," in Michael Maniates and John Meyer, eds., The Politics of Sacrifice, Cambridge: MIT Press 2010.