ESS Newsletter – Winter 2010

Environmental Studies Section of the International Studies Association, Newsletter, February 2010

Editors: Richard Matthew and Bryan McDonald, University of California, Irvine

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Dear all,

The New Orleans International Studies Association “Theory versus Policy? Connecting Scholars and Practitioners” meeting is quickly coming upon us (February 17-20). While I know the ISA has sent out reminders, be sure to register in time! We have an ESS reception scheduled for Friday evening and are happy to once again have sponsorship from both Ashgate Publishing and MIT Press for the event. The ESS Business Meeting will also be held on Friday from 12:30 – 1:30 pm. Also see section 6 for a listing of the environmental or predominantly environmental.

Best wishes,

Miranda Schreurs


The Nominations Committee of the Environmental Studies Section invites nominations for a number of Section Offices. Self-nominations are welcome. Please ensure that the person you are nominating is willing to stand for election and do provide us with her/his professional affiliation and full contact information. The Committee will contact the nominated colleagues to request short biographical sketches (100-150 words). Send nominations to any of the current members of the Nominations Committee by February 10, 2010:

  • Erika Weinthal – weinthal @
  • Frank Biermann – frank.biermann @i
  • Downie, David – ddownie @
  • Hans Bruyninckx – hans.bruyninckx @

The Committee is seeking nominations for the following positions:

    Vice Chair (2 year term)

  • 3 Executive Committee Members (2 year terms)
  • 2 Nomination Committee Members (2 year terms)
  • 2 Sprout Award Committee Members (2 year terms)

ESS essays appearing in first release of the ISA Compendium
The Environmental Studies Section will be well-represented in the first release of the ISA Compendium, which will be on display at the Annual Meeting in February, with the following entries:

  • Globalization and the Environment Ronnie Lipschutz and Felicia Peck
  • The United States and International Environmental Politics Paul Harris
  • Environment and Justice Gary Bryner
  • Ocean Pollution and Fisheries Peter Jacques
  • History of International Environmental Politics Dmitris Stevis
  • The Politics of International Freshwater Resources Thomas Bernauer and Anna Kalbhenn
  • Environment and Security Elizabeth Chalecki
  • International Relations Theory and the Environment Hugh Dyer
  • Environment and Sustainability/Sufficiency Jack Manno
  • The Politics of Climate Change Loren Cass
  • Regional Governance to Address Environmental Problems Stacy Vandeveer and Jörg Balsiger
  • Teaching International Environmental Politics Katrina S. Rogers
  • International Cooperation on Hazardous Wastes and Substances Henrik Selin
  • EcoFeminism and Global Environmental Politics Juliann Emmons Allison
  • Environmental Activism Roderigo Pinto
  • Forests and Desertification Lynn Wagner and Deborah Davenport
  • Transnational Corporations and the Global Environment Matthias Finger and David Svarin

Many thanks to the authors and reviewers for their work on these entries, which will help orient neophytes and remind old hands.
Other essays are being completed, and will appear in the updated Internet edition to be released in late 2010.
The authors working on the entry about Environment and Intergovernmental Organizations needed to withdraw from the project, so I am looking for someone to take on that task.

MJ Peterson
Environmental Studies Section Editor
ISA Compendium

International Studies Association, 2010 Annual Convention, February 17-20, 2010, New Orleans.

ISA/ABRI Joint Conference, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, July 22-24, 2009

BISA Annual Conference 2009, University of Leicester, Oadby Student Village, Monday 14 December – Wednesday 16 December 2009

ISA Conventions & Conferences web page

2.1. BOOKS

Asthana , Vandana. Water Policy Processes in India: Discourses of Power and Resistance. London and New York: Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group, 2009.

Walter F. Baber and Robert V. Bartlett, Global Democracy and Sustainable Jurisprudence: Deliberative Environmental Law. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2009.

Frank Biermann and Bernd Siebenhüner (eds). Managers of Global Change. The Influence of International Environmental Bureaucracies. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2009.

Chasek, Pamela S., David L. Downie, and Janet Welsh Brown, Global Environmental Politics, 5th edition. Boulder, CO: Westview, 2009. More information at:

Clapp, Jennifer and Doris Fuchs (eds). Corporate Power in Global Agrifood Governance. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2009.

Conca, Ken and Geoffrey Dabelko. Green Planet Blues: Four Decades of Global Environmental Politics, Fouth Edition. Westview Press, 2010. More information at:

Dalby, Simon. Security and Environmental Change. Cambridge: Polity, 2009. More information at:

Harris , Paul G. World Ethics and Climate Change: From International to Global Justice. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2010.

Gemenne, François. Géopolitique du Changement Climatique. Paris: Armand Colin, 2009.

Lesage, Dries, Thijs Van de Graaf and Kirsten Westphal. Global Energy Governance in a Multipolar World. Aldershot: Ashgate, forthcoming April 2010. More information:

Matthew, Richard A., Jon Barnett, Bryan McDonald and Karen O’Brien (eds.), Global Environmental Change and Human Security. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2009. More information at:

Mikler, John. Greening the Car Industry: Varieties of Capitalism and Climate Change. Cheltenham, UK; Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar, 2009.

Mittelman, James H.. Hyperconflict: Globalization and Insecurity. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2010.

Purkitt, Helen E. African Environmental and Human Security in the 21st Century. Cambria Press, 2009.

Princen, Thomas. Treading Softly: Paths to Ecological Order. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2009. More information at:

Selin, Henrik and Stacy D. VanDeveer (eds), Changing Climates in North American Politics: Institutions, Policymaking, and Multilevel Governance. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2009. More information at:

Selin , Henrik. Global Governance of Hazardous Chemicals: Challenges of Multilevel Management. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2009.

Spring, Úrsula Oswald Spring and Hans Günter Brauch: Reconceptualizar la Seguridad en el Siglo XXI (Mexico D.F., Cuernavaca, Mexico: UNAM/CRIM/CEIICH/CCA – Mosbach, Germany: AFES-PRESS, 2009). (Eds – See announcement below for more information).

Tienhaara, Kyla. The Expropriation of Environmental Governance: Protecting Foreign Investors at the Expense of Public Policy. Cambridge University Press, 2009.

Tomlinson , Bill. Greening through IT: Information Technology for Environmental Sustainability. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, May 2010.

Vig, Norman J. and Michael E. Kraft (eds.), Environmental Policy: New Directions for the Twenty-First Century, 7th edition. Washington, D.C.: CQ Press, 2009. More information at:

Wapner , Paul. Living Through the End of Nature: The Future of American Environmentalism. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, March 2010.

Weibust, Inger. Green Leviathan: The Case for a Federal Role in Environmental Policy. Aldershot UK: Ashgate, 2009. More info at


Harris, Paul G. “Hong Kong’s Response to Climate Change: Waiting for a Green Light from Beijing.” Hong Kong Journal, no. 16 (October 2009).

Harris, Paul G. “Climate Change and the New China.” In Climate Change Science and Policy, edited by Armin Rosencranz, Steven H. Schneider and Michael Mastrandrea. Washington: Island Press, 2010, pp. 317-322.

Hovi, Jon, Detlef F. Sprinz, and Arild Underdal. 2009. “Implementing Long-Term Climate Policy: Time Inconsistency, Domestic Politics, International Anarchy.” Global Environmental Politics 9 (3):20-39.

Lempert, Robert, Jürgen Scheffran, and Detlef F. Sprinz. 2009. “Methods for Long-Term Environmental Policy Challenges.” Global Environmental Politics 9 (3):106-33.

Lesage, Dries, Thijs Van de Graaf and Kirsten Westphal. 2010. G8+5 collaboration on energy efficiency and IPEEC: Shortcut to a sustainable future? Energy Policy, forthcoming.

Matthew, Richard and Anne Hammill. “Sustainable development and climate change.” International Affairs Vol. 85 No. 6 (2009): 1117-1128.

Princen, Thomas. 2009. “Long-Term Decision-Making: Biological and Psychological Evidence.” Global Environmental Politics 9 (3):9-19.

Sprinz, Detlef F. 2009. “Long-Term Environmental Policy.” special issue of Global Environmental Policy 9 (3).

Sprinz, Detlef F. 2009. “Long-Term Environmental Policy: Definition, Knowledge, Future Research.” Global Environmental Politics 9 (3):1-8.

Steinberg, Paul F. 2009. “Institutional Resilience Amid Political Change: The Case of Biodiversity Conservation.” Global Environmental Politics 9 (3):61-81.

Stone, Randall W. 2009. “Risk in International Politics.” Global Environmental Politics 9 (3):40-60.

Urpelainen, Johannes. 2009. “Explaining the Schwarzenegger Phenomenon: Local Frontrunners in Climate Policy.” Global Environmental Politics 9 (3):82-105.


Frank Biermann, Michele M. Betsill, Joyeeta Gupta, Norichika Kanie, Louis Lebel, Diana Liverman, Heike Schroeder, and Bernd Siebenhüner, with contributions from Ken Conca, Leila da Costa Ferreira, Bharat Desai, Simon Tay, and Ruben Zondervan. 2009. Earth System Governance: People, Places and the Planet. Science and Implementation Plan of the Earth System Governance Project. Earth System Governance Report 1, IHDP Report 20. Bonn, IHDP: The Earth System Governance Project. [online available in English and Japanese at]

Oli Brown, Alec Crawford. Rising Temperatures, Rising Tensions: Climate change and the risk of violent conflict in the Middle East. IISD, 2009.

Environmental Change and Security Program. Environmental Change and Security Program Report 13.

Anne Hammill, Alec Crawford, Robert Craig, Robert Malpas, Richard Matthew. Conflict-Sensitive Conservation: Practitioners’ Manual. IISD 2009.


Climate Inc. is devoted to the discussion of business and climate change. Climate Inc. will bring together the views of academics, business managers, policymakers, journalists, professionals, and other thought leaders on climate change. Climate Inc. is being launched in parallel with the Center for Sustainable Enterprise and Regional Competitiveness (SERC) at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, College of Management. Professor David Levy, the editor of Climate Inc. and the director of SERC, has been researching and writing about climate change and business for over twelve years.

Rodger A. Payne is now blogging on e-IR. Payne is Professor of Political Science at the University of Louisville. Since 1994, he has directed the Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order. Currently, his research focuses on American foreign policy, norms limiting the use of force, and the politics of climate change. More information:

The Global Environmental Governance Project, a joint initiative of the College of William and Mary and the Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy, recently produced two documentaries:
• Quest for Symphony – a 16-minute film on global environmental governance based on interviews with leading policy figures. The movie has been called the “white paper on global environmental governance in images” and provides a good introduction to some of the core policy dilemmas and current debates.
• Way Ahead Not Closed – a 30-minute video of a discussion among all five successive Executive Directors of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) – Maurice Strong, Mostafa Tolba, Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Klaus Toepfer, and Achim Steiner – that took place at the Global Environmental Governance Forum in Glion, Switzerland this summer. The discussion was moderated by Gus Speth, former Dean of Yale’s Environment School and former Administrator of UNDP.
Both movies can be watched online at .

The New Security Beat Blog Identifies Today’s New Security Threats. Security is much more than fighting terrorism or weapons of mass destruction. The New Security Beat, ECSP’s blog, provides frequent commentary on the latest news, reports, and resources on the crucial connections among population, environment, and security. Contributors include ECSP staff members, as well as guest commentators such as Major Shannon Beebe (USA) and Department of Defense Policy Planning Consultant Jennifer Dabbs Sciubba. The New Security Beat also features an original podcast series with Wilson Center speakers, such as UNAIDS Executive Director Dr. Peter Piot; retired colonel Dr. Kent Hughes Butts on environmental security; and lead author of UNFPA’s State of World Population 2007 report George Martine on urbanization.

For those of you teaching climate change law/policy either as a standalone course or a module, the following new blog might be helpful: Teaching Climate Change Law & Policy:


You can find an array of career resources on the Environmental Studies section website at:

12 – 23 July 2010 Keele University, United Kingdom

This will be the fifth occasion that the ECPR’s Green Politics Standing Group has run a Summer School. The previous Summer Schools were at Keele in 2001, Lulea in 2002, and Keele again in 2006 and 2008. The aim of the Summer School is to give 20 PhD students or new postdoctoral researchers working in the field of Environmental politics and policy the opportunity to exchange teaching and research ideas with colleagues from other universities and research institutes.

Teaching is organised across five themes:
– Green political theory
– International relations of the environment
– Environment and global political economy
– Green movements and parties
– Public policy and the environment

Ten taught sessions will be led by experts from European, Australian and North American universities.
Confirmed speakers (to date) include Andrew Dobson, Matthew Paterson, Marcel Wissenburg, Lorraine Elliott, David Schlosberg and Brian Doherty.

The programme is still being developed and we hope to post it on our website in early February.
The deadline for applications will be 1 May. The fee for the summer school (including B&B accommodation on campus) will be approx £400.

Enquires should be sent to: ECPR Summer School coordinators, Dr. Sherilyn MacGregor Dr. Hannes Stephan


The UC Davis Department of Environmental Science and Policy seeks to fill one post-doctoral position in Agricultural Decision-Making and Environmental Management. The post-doctoral position will be for two years residence with possible third year renewal, starting Summer 2010 or earlier. The post-doctoral fellow will support a USDA funded project analyzing local rangeland restoration programs and individual factors that encourage ranchers to adopt prescribed grazing practices in California. The project involves designing, delivering, and analyzing a structured survey instrument to a population of California ranchers. The survey will draw on various theories of agricultural decision-making including diffusion of innovation, social networks, and collective-action. The project is being conducted by an interdisciplinary team including natural and social scientists. More information about the rangeland management project can be found here: Rangeland Restoration Proposal.

The post-doctoral fellow will be a member of Dr. Mark Lubell’s Environmental Policy and Behavior laboratory group and housed in the Department of Environmental Science and Policy. In addition to the rangeland restoration project, the post-doc will have opportunities to participate in other projects on sustainable agriculture and water management, mentor graduate students, teach classes, develop new research funding, and generally support an active research group.

Applicants should be recent recipients of a doctoral degree, with demonstrated interest and publication ability in agricultural and environmental decision-making and policy, preferably with experience in the area of rangeland management. Applicants are required to have a background in survey design and analysis, social science theory, and strong skills in quantitative and statistical analysis. The project also requires strong interpersonal skills and the ability to interact directly with agricultural communities and stakeholders. The position is open with respect to academic discipline, and could include economics, political science, sociology, or other appropriate social science training.

Applications received by March 1, 2010, will be given first consideration, although we will continue to accept applications after that date. Please send application materials in electronic form to Dr. Mark Lubell ( Applications should include a CV, letter describing research interests and background as applied to this project, examples of any relevant publications, and three letters of reference. The University of California, Davis, is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer with a strong institutional commitment to the development of a climate that supports equality of opportunity and respect for differences.

DISCCRS (Dissertations Initiative for the Advancement of Climate-Change Research) catalyzes interdisciplinary collegial in¬teractions and professional development necessary for successful careers dedi¬cated to understanding climate change and mitigating its impacts. Through its weekly e-newsletter, website, and annual sym¬posia for selected scholars, DISCCRS is building a global community dedicated to promoting scientific and social progress in addressing climate change. Since 2002, almost 1,000 PhDs have registered dissertations with DISCCRS and over 140 scholars from 20 countries have benefitted from DISCCRS sym¬posia. We invite scholars in the natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, mathematics, engineering, and other fields to apply for upcoming symposia. Find out more at:


The journal Strategic Behavior and the Environment (, published by now publishers ( provides a platform for various disciplines that jointly contribute to our understanding of strategic behavior in design and implementation of environmental policies. Scholars in economics (including experimental economics, political economy, and game theory), political science, international relations, negotiation, and other relevant disciplines, are invited to submit manuscripts for publication consideration, following a peer-review process. Submit a manuscript (following instructions on the journal website) for publication consideration to Prof. Ariel Dinar, Water Science and Policy Center, University of California, Riverside, USA (


16-18 June 2010, Geneva, Switzerland

The REGov workshop seeks to foster a constructive exchange between scientists and practitioners interested in the environmental dimensions of regional governance. The workshop is organized around six themes brought together by three cross-cutting issues. Participants will include invited panelists as well as competitively identified researchers. The REGov workshop is a collaborative initiative of the University of Geneva, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology, University of New Hampshire, and German Institute of Global and Area Studies. The workshop is made possible with funding from the Swiss Network for International Studies (SNIS), Swiss National Science Foundation, University of Geneva, Mountain Research Initiative, and Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology. Find out more and/or submit an abstract at or contact Bernard Debarbieux ( or Jörg Balsiger ( for questions.


18 – 19 June 2010, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Laxenburg (near Vienna), Austria

The international community is in a regulatory crisis on several fronts in the face of global economic instability, environmental change and the management of social problems that are the direct consequence of these.

Differences exist over objectives, appropriate methodologies, the distribution of costs, roles and responsibilities, degrees of state and international intervention, and the structure and composition of bodies established to negotiate on such matters. The issues are clearly international, states cannot go it alone on matters of a global economy, a shared environment, or humanitarian crises arising from changing economic, climatic or political changes.

The problems have been recognized. The international community has met regularly in numerous forums to respond to them. But progress has been difficult punctuated with breakdowns in talks at critical junctures. On the economic front international forums are struggling with issues of regulation, international trade and protectionism, the structure of international bodies such as the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. On the environmental front cutbacks in emissions, global warming and climate change impact nations differently, and changing conditions are having a powerful effect on population migration, access to food and water, health and the provision of health services within and across nations. At a political level, the stability of social accords in developed nations and the struggle to achieve stability in many developing nations is at risk. The pressures induced by responses to economic, environmental and social problems are inescapable.

Breakdowns occur for many reasons: problems with the supply, accuracy and use of information; insufficient preparatory work; poorly assembled bargaining tables; poor problem definition; poor understanding of the stakes involved across the spread of interests represented around a table and of those not at a table; inappropriate trade-offs; blocking to achieve leverage on issues at other bargaining tables; incapacity to deliver on the part of some parties…

PIN is calling for papers with a focus on breakdowns in negotiation over economic and environmental crises, and threats to political systems (international and national) as a consequence of these. Papers should concentrate primarily either on an analysis of the regime meltdown, on the nature of negotiation deadlocks, or on strategies for overcoming them.

This is a call for proposals to be sent to Ariel Macaspac, Program Administrator, PIN Program, IIASA: by 20 February 2010. Accepted proposals will be notified immediately and draft papers are due on 15 May 2010. The papers will be presented at a conference at IIASA on 18 – 19 June 2010 and papers revised for publication will be due on 1 October 2010.

Úrsula Oswald Spring and Hans Günter Brauch: Reconceptualizar la Seguridad en el Siglo XXI (Mexico D.F., Cuernavaca, Mexico: UNAM/CRIM/CEIICH/CCA – Mosbach, Germany: AFES-PRESS, 2009) ISBN 878-392-69-7578-0, 888 pages, 1.1 kg. with contributions by: Narcis Serra Serra, Spain; Vandana Shiva, India; Úrsula Oswald Spring, México; Hans Günter Brauch, Germany; Ole Waever, Denmark; Simon Dalby, Ottawa, Canada; Ulrich Albrecht, Germany; Georgina Sánchez, México; Domício Proença Junior, Brazil; Eugenio Diniz, Brazil; John Saxe Fernandez, México; Arlene Tickner, USA/Colombia; Ann C. Mason, USA/Colombia and Francisco Rojas Aravena, Costa Rica/Chile.
Between September and November 2009 this book has been launched in Mexico (Cuernavaca and Mexico City), Peru (Lima), Argentina (Buenos Aires) and in Brazil (), including in the Senate of Mexico on 25 November 2009
The book may be purchased in Latin America from UNAM/CRIM in Mexico at: and from North America and the rest of the world from AXES-PRESS at: . Individual chapters are available for download without any costs. The book and all book launch events are documented in detail with several podcasts and the press coverage in Mexico at: .



October 13-16, 2010, Mount Royal University Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

The call for papers has been extended to March 1, 2010. We are especially interested in additional proposals related to environmental issues in Mexico or from private sector/corporate stakeholders, but we continue to welcome any and all proposals that speak to the call.

Call For Papers

This interdisciplinary and cross-cultural gathering welcomes presentations on the environmental challenges now faced by diverse populations, both human and nonhuman, in the Western lands of Canada, the United States, and Mexico.

Academics and other stakeholders from the wider community are invited to participate in this urgent and compelling dialogue. The conference invites academics from the humanities, social and natural sciences, as well as activists, businesses, artists and others to speak across the boundaries that conventionally divide them.

Since both the geographical and critical terrains at issue are considerable, a wide array of topics and time periods is welcome. The shared concern will be the interaction between humans and the natural environment in the context of Western history, geography, climate change, and commercial/sustainable development of lands and resources.

Possible directions may include, but are not restricted to, the following:

* sustainable economic development
* indigenous ways of knowing
* urbanization/suburban sprawl in the “New West”
* popular culture and the mass media
* literary or filmic representations of natural, urban or industrial environments
* government action/inaction on the environment
* ecofeminism
* environmental racism and justice
* ecological or ecocritical examinations of particular Western environs and climes
* specific issues such as the Cophenhagen Summit, Kyoto Protocol, or oil/tar sands development
* the borderlands of Canada / United States / Mexico
* environmental education in K-12, postsecondary and
community contexts
* historical perspectives
* environmental activism
* environmental law and policy

Proposals of 250 words (attached to an email as a .doc or .docx file) can be sent to either Robert Boschman ( or Mario Trono (

New Deadline for Submissions: MARCH 1, 2010