O’Lear, S. (2018). Environmental geopolitics. London, UK: Rowman & Littlefield.
Miller, R.C. (2018). International political economy: Contrasting world views (2nd ed.). New York, NY: Routledge.
In his new textbook, political economist Ray Miller analyzes the environment as one of the major global issues from three perspectives: free market, institutionalist, and Marxist. The institutionalist section includes ecological economist Herman Daly’s critique of neoclassical economics and top proposals from Paul Hawken’s plan to reverse global warming.
Jordan, A., Huitema, D., van Asselt, H., & Forster, J. (Eds.). (2018). Governing climate change: Polycentricity in action?. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.
Climate change governance is in a state of enormous flux. New and more dynamic forms of governing are appearing around the international climate regime centred on the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). They appear to be emerging spontaneously from the bottom up, producing a more dispersed pattern of governing, which Nobel Laureate Elinor Ostrom famously described as ‘polycentric’. This book brings together contributions from some of the world’s foremost experts to provide the first systematic test of the ability of polycentric thinking to explain and enhance societal attempts to govern climate change. It is ideal for researchers in public policy, international relations, environmental science, environmental management, politics, law and public administration. It will also be useful on advanced courses in climate policy and governance, and for practitioners seeking incisive summaries of developments in particular sub-areas and sectors. This title is also available as Open Access on Cambridge Core.
Gladwin, D. (2018). Ecological exile: Spatial injustice and environmental humanities. London, UK: Routledge.
Growing instances of flooding, population displacement, and pollution suggest an urgent need to re-examine the ways social and geographical spaces are perceived and valued in the 21st Century. Ecological Exile explores how contemporary culture confronts ecological crises through perspectives of spatial justice – a facet of social justice that looks at unjust circumstances as a phenomenon of space. Maintaining that ecological crises are largely socially produced, this book considers how representations of cultural texts (literature, media, film, visual culture) mobilize and educate populations about spatial injustices resulting from fossil fuel production and the effects of climate change.
Conca, K., & Weinthal, E. (Eds). (2018). Oxford handbook of water politics and policy. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
This handbook gathers a diverse group of leading scholars of water politics and policy. Authors were tasked to present forward-looking chapters in their areas of expertise, flagging key trends in both research and practice. The volume is organized into six sections: poverty, rights, and ethics; food, energy, and water; water and the politics of scale; law, economics, and water management; the politics of transboundary water; and the politics of water knowledge. Cross-cutting themes include governance challenges rooted in the mobility, unpredictability, and public-goods dimensions of water; tensions and synergies among equity, efficiency, and sustainability; the distributive consequences of water governance; the design and performance of water institutions; and the implications of climate change.
24 – 30 July 2018 | Lama Foundation, San Cristobal, New Mexico
Cost: $1050 (includes everything) | Graduate students: $880 | Need-based scholarships available
How can we best teach in an ecologically unraveling world? How can we personally, politically, and pedagogically find more meaning in our environmental efforts?
This summer, deepen your commitment to environmental education and action. Contemplative
Environmental Practice is a week-long workshop for educators and activists that explores how reflective practices—such as meditation, yoga, journal writing, art, and nature walks—can enhance our teaching and advocacy efforts. Set in the mountains of New Mexico at an off-grid retreat center, we will probe the depths of environmental challenges, tap into our aspirations for all life, and develop skills for deepening our environmental commitments.