- Ph.D., International Relations, American University; LLM, University of Waikato (New Zealand)
- Dr. Simon Nicholson is Associate Professor of International Relations. His work focuses on global environmental governance, global food politics, and the politics of emerging technologies, including climate engineering and carbon removal technologies. He is co-founder of the Forum for Climate Engineering Assessment and the Institute for Carbon Removal Law and Policy, two scholarly initiatives of the School of International Service.
- See Also
- Institute for Carbon Removal Law and Policy
- Forum for Climate Engineering Assessment (FCEA)
- TEDx Talk "Climate Geoengineering: Coming Soon to a Planet Near You"
- For the Media
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SIS-660 Environment and Politics
SISU-419 Senior Capstone: Int'l Studies: Tackling Climate Change
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 climate engineering, and issues to do with emerging technologies.
Selected PublicationsBOOKS and SPECIAL ISSUES
- Special issue of Global Environmental Politics, "Emerging Technologies and Global Environmental Politics," (2020) vo. 20, no. 3 (with Jesse Reynolds, eds).
- Symposium in Environmental Politics, "“Geoengineering: Governing Solar Radiation Management,” (2019) vol. 28, no. 3 (with Sikina Jinnah, eds.)
- New Earth Politics: Essays from the Anthropocene (MIT Press, 2016) (with Sikina Jinnah, eds.)
- Global Environmental Politics: From Person to Planet (Routledge, 2015) (with Paul Wapner, eds.)
- Special issue of the journal Climate Law on climate engineering law and governance (2015) vol. 5, no. 2-4, pp. 105-301 (with Wil Burns, eds.)
- “Taking Technology Seriously: Introduction to the Special Issue on New Technologies and Global Environmental Politics,” (2020) Global Environmental Politics vol. 20, no.3, pp. 1-8.
- “Anticipatory Governance of Solar Geoengineering: Conflicting Visions of the Future and their Links to Governance Proposals,” (2020) Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability vol. 45, pp. 10-19.
- “The Hidden Politics of Climate Engineering,” (2019) Nature Geoscience vol. 12, pp. 876-879.
- “Can Technology Save the Environment?: Lessons from Iain M. Banks’ Culture Series,” (2019) Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene vol. 7, no. 1 (40).
Area of Expertise
global governance, geoengineering, climate change, climate engineering
Simon Nicholson is a member of the global environmental politics faculty. His work focuses on global food politics and the politics of emerging technologies, including climate engineering (or "geoengineering") technologies. He is co-founder of the Forum for Climate Engineering Assessment, a scholarly initiative of the School of International Service.