Important message from your Section and Program Chair and Program Chair on Membership!

Leadership team 2017Dear Colleagues,
It was lovely to see so many of you at ISA in San Francisco last week.
We are writing to let you know that the application deadline for ISA 2019 in Toronto will be June 1, 2018. The online submission process is expected to open on April 17, 2018. Travel grant applications will be due September 3, 2018.
Also, ISA determines the Environmental Studies Section panel allocation for 2019 on the basis of three factors, each weighted equally: (1) number of members we have as of June 1, 2018; (2) number of proposals that list us as their 1st choice; and (3) the number of panels we had in 2018.
If your membership needs renewal and you’re willing to do that before June 1, we would be grateful. Also, please consider listing us first in your submissions if it makes sense to do so. You can signal to me which sections would be ideal co-sponsors by listing them second and I will reach out to those sections when assembling the program.
Many thanks and see many of you in Toronto in 2019!
Best,
Sikina (program chair) and Fari (section chair)

WINNER Gratuate Student Award 2018

Graduate students are invited every year to participate in the ESS Graduate Student Paper Award Competition sponsored by the Environmental Studies Section of ISA. The award was established in 2011 to recognize the best paper with an environment-related theme presented at the ISA Annual Convention.

ESS leader Fariborz Zelli with  the Winner of the Graduate Student award Saskia van Wees, from University of Florida
ESS leader Fariborz Zelli with the Winner of the Graduate Student award Saskia van Wees, from University of Florida

The winner of the 2018 Graduate Student Award, with a certificate and $ 150 check is  Saskia van Wees, University of Florida; Paper title: ‘Normative Pressure and Environmental Governance’

Runner Up – Graduate Student Award

ESS leader Fariborz Zelli with Runner-up to the graduate student award, Abby Lindsay from American University
ESS leader Fariborz Zelli with Runner-up to the graduate student award, Abby Lindsay from American University

Runner-up to the Graduate Student Award 2018, with honorable mention and $ 100 check: Abby Lindsay, American University; Paper title: ‘Social Learning as an Adaptive Measure to Prepare for Climate Change Impacts on Water Provision in Peru’

– The paper is ab out multi-stakeholder urban water management in Peru and under what conditions does social learning really occurs, e.g. diverse participation, open communication, multiple sources of knowledge, and the possibility to influence the outcome.

She was presented the award at the ESS reception.

Winner of the 2018 Sprout award is

The green state in AfricaCarl Death, Green State in Africa. Yale University Press, 2016.

Beautifully written, Carl Death’s book Green State in Africa is theoretically rich and empirically

Sprout leader Fengshi Wo presenting 2o18 winner of the Sprout Award
Sprout leader Fengshi Wo presenting 2o18 winner of the Sprout Award

engaging. Based on decades’ or fieldwork in Africa, the book examines questions about states in Africa, the African unity, environmental awareness and governance in Africa, and the power of international environmental agencies in Africa. At the heart of this study, Death shows that “the most vulnerable in society are able to exercise agency,” and “there are sites of resistance everywhere.” The Sprout Committee considers the book “an instant classic.”

Winter 2018 Newsletter ESS of ISA

ESS Newsletter—Winter 2018

Environmental Studies Section of the International Studies Association Newsletter, March 2018

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Editors: Richard Matthew, Evgenia Nizkorodov, Bemmy Maharramli, Maureen J. Purcell, Paroma Wagle, Kristen A. Goodrich, Sifat Reazi, and Connor Harron

University of California, Irvine

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The next edition will be in June 2018. We follow a fall, winter, spring and summer schedule.

The ESS newsletter is based at the Center for Unconventional Security Affairs (CUSA) and the Blum Center at the University of California, Irvine (www.cusa.uci.edu) and is co-edited by Richard Matthew et al.