ESS Newsletter – Spring 2010

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

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

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ESS Election Results
I’ve been asked what the election results at the Environmental Studies Section business meeting were. Here they are. Thanks to all who have shown their willingness to serve! and we will be recruiting again in another 9 months time or so for the next round of officers. Here are those who have been elected to serve. Updated committee memberships will be made available on the ISA website.
Best, Miranda Schreurs

Vice Chair (2 year term)
Pamela Chasek, Associate Professor of Government and Director of the International Studies Program, Manhattan College in New York City.
Executive Committee Members (2 year terms)
Norichika Kanie is associate professor at the Graduate School of Decision Science and Technology, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan, and visiting associate professor of the United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies.
Lorraine Elliott is Senior Fellow in International Relations at the Australian National University where she researches and teaches global and regional (Asia Pacific) environmental politics.
Barbara Connolly earned her PhD in Political Science from U.C. Berkeley and is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame.
Nomination Committee Members (2 year terms)
Heike Schroeder is a Tyndall Senior Research Fellow and a James Martin 21st Century School Research Fellow at the Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford.
Jeannie Sowers is an assistant professor of political science at the University of New Hampshire, and is currently a postdoctoral fellow with the Dubai Initiative at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard University
Sprout Award Committee Members (2 year terms)
Paul G. Harris is Chair Professor of Global and Environmental Studies at the Hong Kong Institute of Education, where he is Head of the Department of Social Sciences, Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for Governance and Citizenship, and a member of the Department of Science and Environmental Studies.
Jörg Balsiger is Senior Researcher at ETH Zurich’s Institute for Environmental Decisions and the University of Geneva’s Department of Geography, and was previously a Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute.

2010 Sprout Award Winner and Call for Nominations for 2011 Award

For those who were not able to attend the ISA in New Orleans, the Sprout Committee awarded D.G Webster the 2010 Harald and Margaret Sprout Award for her book, Adaptive Governance: The Dynamics of Atlantic Fisheries Management (Cambridge: MIT Press). Many congratulations to D.G.!
For those wanting a description of the book or more info on the Sprout Award keep reading. But first a quick reminder to all that the Sprout Award Committee will soon be soliciting nominations for next year’s Sprout Award and publishers will have to send in copies of the book for consideration.
D.G. Webster`s Adaptive Governance. Book description (taken from Amazon):
The rapid expansion of the fishing industry in the last century has raised major concerns over the longterm viability of many fish species. International fisheries organizations have failed to prevent the overfishing of many stocks but succeeded in curtailing harvests for some key fisheries. In Adaptive Governance, D. G. Webster proposes a new perspective to improve our understanding of both success and failure in international resource regimes. She develops a theoretical approach, the vulnerability response framework, which can increase understanding of countries’ positions on the management of international fisheries based on linkages between domestic vulnerabilities and national policy positions. Vulnerability, mainly economic in this context, acts as an indicator for domestic susceptibility to the increasing competition associated with open access and related stock declines. Because of this relationship, vulnerability can also be used to trace the trajectory of nations’ positions on fisheries management as they seek political alternatives to economic problems.
Webster tests this framework by using it to predict national positions for eight cases drawn from the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT). These studies reveal that there is considerable variance in the management measures ICCAT has adopted—both between different species and in dealing with the same species over time—and that much of this variance can be traced to vulnerability response behavior.
Little attention has been paid to the ways in which international regimes change over time. Webster’s innovative approach illuminates the pressures for change that are generated by economic competition and overexploitation in Atlantic fisheries. Her work also identifies patterns of adaptive governance, as national responses to such pressures culminate in patterns of change in international management.

**Harold and Margaret Sprout Award**

ISA‐ESS members and others who know of books, or have published books of their own, that they wish to see nominated for the Harold and Margaret Sprout Award are encouraged to contact publishers as soon as possible.
The award is sponsored by the Environmental Studies Section (ESS) of the International Studies Association (ISA), and is given to the best book in the field, one that makes a contribution to theory and interdisciplinarity, shows rigor and coherence in research and writing, and offers accessibility and practical relevance. Nominated books should address some aspect of one or more environmental, pollution or resource issues from a broadly international or transnational perspective, including works in (for example) global, interstate, transboundary, North‐South, foreign policy, comparative or area studies. Environmental subjects of books can include (for example) environmental law, diplomacy, transnational activism, natural resource use, global change, sustainable development, biodiversity, transboundary pollution control, and the like.
Nominated works must be published during 2009 or 2010. Books with a 2011 copyright date are welcome provided the committee members receive them in time. Each publisher may nominate more than one book, and books nominated last year can be re‐nominated. The committee members will begin reading the books as soon as they arrive. The committee must complete its review and reach its decision in November 2010. The award will be presented at the annual meeting of the ISA in Montreal in March 2011. Therefore, we need to RECEIVE notice of nominations and receive copies of nominated books by 1 August 2010.
Publishers wishing to nominate books should send one copy of each book to EACH member of the Sprout Award Committee. The names and addresses of committee members are listed below.

Steinar Andresen
Fridtjof Nansen Institute
P.O. Box 326
1326 Lysaker

Jörg Balsiger
Institute for Environmental Decisions
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich
Universitätsstrasse 22, CHN K78
8092 Zurich

Matthias Finger
BAC 103, Station 5
1015 Lausanne

Paul Harris,
Department of Social Sciences
Hong Kong Institute of Education
10 Lo Ping Road
Tai Po, Hong Kong

Matthew J. Hoffmann
Department of Political Science
University of Toronto
100 St. George Street
Toronto, Ontario M5S 3G3

Nominations for Best Graduate Student Papers at the ISA

Nominations are requested for best graduate student paper award for papers presented at the 2010 ISA annual convention in New Orleans. Panel chairs and discussant and paper presenters please make nominations!
Graduate students may nominate their own papers as well.
At this year’s ISA ESS business section meeting a motion was passed not to allow graduate student papers that have been co‐authored with professors to be nominated for best graduate student paper. The idea behind this is to promote graduate students and while co‐authorship with professors is certainly part of the profession, the general feeling is that graduate students need to shine on their own to win the award.
No best graduate student paper award was made in New Orleans this time.
We hope that this will not be the case at the next ISA in Montreal, Canada (March 16‐19, 2011). Hope to see many of you there!

Best wishes,
Miranda Schreurs

Want To Join The Conference Greening Committee?

ISA headquarters has asked the Environmental Studies Section to take the lead in making recommendations to the organization for how to run a greener ISA conference. Although we can certainly consider radical options, we will also include recommendations for ways that standard ISA operations can be made more environmentally friendly. If you’re interested in serving on this committee, please contact Beth DeSombre, edesombr @ wellesley . edu


International Studies Association, 2011 Annual Convention, March 16‐19, 2011, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Call for Papers
International Studies Association
52nd Annual Convention
Montréal, Québec, Canada
March 16‐19, 2011
David A. Lake, President
Matthew A. Baum, Program Co‐Chair
Kristian Skrede Gleditsch, Program Co‐Chair

Global Governance: Political Authority in Transition
The nation‐state is generally regarded as inadequate to cope with the expanding global problems of the 21st century. Global climate change, international economic crises, transnational terrorism and crime, nuclear proliferation, and more all challenge the capabilities of states individually and collectively. Nation states are also challenged from below by secessionist and other sub‐national movements and from above by global civil society. In response to these competing pressures, political authority has begun to flow upwards to supranational or multilateral bodies, downwards to regional and local governments, and sideways to private actors – both within nations and transnationally ‐‐ who assume previously public responsibilities. Governance is no longer the exclusive preserve of sovereign states, if it ever was. But neither is it moving uniformly in a single direction.
Despite growing interest in problems of global governance and decades of research, at least four key questions still lack clear answers:
Where is political authority moving? With a constantly shifting terrain, we do not yet have a good map of the present structure of global governance. If authority is no longer located in sovereign states, where is it going? Has it relocated to other sites or just evaporated, leaving a less well governed world?
Why is authority moving? Although functionalism and related explanations would appear to offer easy answers, they fail to account for why authority appears to be moving in different directions in seemingly similar issue areas. In the highly globalized area of international finance, where the near instantaneous global flow of information facilitates highly complex financial transactions that occur at far too swift a pace and large a scale for governments to effectively monitor or regulate, there has been relatively little expansion of supranational authority, with most cooperation occurring within transnational and transgovernmental networks. Yet, the WTO has begun to acquire real authority over international trade through its dispute settlement procedures. What accounts for these differences?
Is global governance good? Even as more global governance is demanded to deal with global challenges, there is an inherent tradeoff between all forms of authority and personal autonomy. Has the movement of authority away from the state diminished the sum of authority exercised over individuals, thereby increasing the realm of personal autonomy, or actually expanded, leaving us as individuals less autonomous than before? How would we know? Any individual with a cell phone can communicate instantly with like‐minded individuals or social movements around the world. Yet by sending such messages the individual grants government a previously unavailable window into his or her preferences and intentions. Equally, to the extent that institutions of democratic accountability have emerged to limit abuses of authority within states, how can the myriad forms and sites of global governance be rendered similarly accountable?
How can global governance be improved and reformed? Lacking any central vision or architect, global governance is the product of a complex set of individual, group, and national relationships. It would be surprising indeed if the current patchwork quilt of multiple overlapping and competing authorities were somehow optimal. The compelling global problems of the 21st century clearly imply that the current system is deeply flawed. Nearly all global governance institutions suffer from problems of legitimacy and accountability. What reforms are necessary? Which are practicable?
We invite proposals for papers and panels that address these and other issues related to the problems of global governance in the 21st century. We especially welcome proposals that bridge different theoretical, epistemological and ontological divides within international studies to address common substantive problems.


All proposals should be submitted online using the MyISA Conference Management System at

2.1. BOOKS

Biermann, Frank, Philipp Pattberg, and Fariboz Zelli, eds. 2010. Global Climate Governance Beyond 2012: Architecture, Agency and Adaptation. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Bulkeley, Harriet., Peter Newell. 2010. Governing Climate Change. London / New York: Routledge. 2010.

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

Dessler, Andrew E. and Edward A. Parson. The Science and Politics of Global Climate Change: a guide to the debate ‐ Second Edition (March 2010), Cambridge University Press.

Harris, Paul G. World Ethics and Climate Change: From International to Global Justice. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2010.‐7486‐3910‐1

Kluvánková‐Oravská, Tatiana (editor). 2010. From Government to Governance? New Governance for Water and Biodiversity in Enlarged EU. Prague: Alfa Nakladatelství.

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

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

Oberthür , Sebastian and Marc Pallemaerts (eds.), The New Climate Policies of the European Union: Internal Legislation and Climate Diplomacy, Brussels: VUBPress, 2010.

Park, S., 2010, The World Bank Group and Environmentalists: Changing International Organisation Identities. London: Manchester University Press.

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

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


Auer, Matthew R. 2010. “Communication and Competition in Environmental Studies,” Policy Sciences, (Vol. 43, forthcoming; published online at

Auer, Matthew R. 2010. “Better Science and Worse Diplomacy: Negotiating the Cleanup of the Swedish and Finnish Pulp and Paper Industry,” International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law, and Economics, Vol. 10, No. 1: 65‐84.

Bättig, Michèle B. and Thomas Bernauer. 2009. National Institutions and Global Public Goods: Are Democracies More Cooperative in Climate Change Policy? International Organization 63/2, 2009:281‐308. Supporting materials for this article are available at

Bernauer , Thomas and Patrick Kuhn. 2010. Is There an Environmental Version of the Kantian Peace? Insights From Water Pollution in Europe (co‐authored with Patrick Kuhn). European Journal of International Relations 16/1:77‐102, DOI: 10.1177/1354066109344662. Supporting materials for this article are available at

Bernauer, Thomas and Vally Koubi. 2009. Effects of Political Institutions on Air Quality. Ecological Economics 68/5:1355‐1365.
Büscher, Bram (2010). Seeking Telos in the ‘Transfrontier’: Neoliberalism and the Transcending of Community Conservation in Southern Africa. Environment and Planning A 42, 3: 644‐660.

Büscher, Bram (2010). Derivative Nature: Interrogating the Value of Conservation in ‘Boundless Southern Africa’. Third World Quarterly 31, 2: 259‐276.

Büscher, Bram. (2010). Anti‐Politics as Political Strategy: Neoliberalism and Transfrontier Conservation in Southern Africa. Development and Change 41, 1: 29‐51

Dalby, Simon. “Environmental Security and Climate Change” in Robert A. Denemark (ed.) International Studies Online / International Studies Encyclopedia Oxford: Blackwell, 2010.

Harris, Paul G. “The U.S. and International Environmental Politics.” In The International Studies Encyclopedia, edited by Robert A. Denemark et al. London: Blackwell, 2010. (NB: This is simultaneously published in ISA’s International Studies Encyclopedia Online.)

Ivanova, Maria. “UNEP in Global Environmental Governance: Design, Leadership, Location,” in Global Environmental Politics, 2010, Vol. 8, Issue 1, pp.30‐59.
Keith, David W., Edward A. Parson, and M. Granger Morgan, “Research on global sunblock needed now”, Nature 463, 426‐427 (28 January 2010).

Torney, Diarmuid and Annika Greup, eds. 2010. “New Directions in Climate Change Politics,” special issue of St Antony’s International Review (STAIR) (vol. 5, no. 2, February 2010). Features contributions from Robert O. Keohane, Jonathan Gaventa, Michael MacLeod, Frances C. Moore, Anne Hammill & Richard Matthew, David Benson & Andrew Jordan, and Christopher W. Boerl. Available at:


Ivanova, Maria. Global Environmental Governance in the 21st Century: Way Ahead Wide Open. Report from the Global Environmental Governance Forum, June 28‐July 2, 2009, Glion, Switzerland. Published by the Global Environmental Governance Project. Available at

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


The blog Teaching Climate Law & Policy,, is seeking guest bloggers for regular or episodic contributions; if you’re interested in contributing, please contact Wil Burns at:

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.

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.


To help foster dialogue between social and natural scientists on the challenges of sustainability in the 21st century, the Center for Unconventional Security will convene a seminar series to bring a select group of scholars, researchers, experts, and business leaders to UC, Irvine to present a variety of perspectives on choices and challenges related to sustainability. Videos


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

The Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University is looking for a candidate who can teach courses in environmental economics and environmental policy for masters’ students completing professional degrees in Environmental Management or Forestry. The candidate should be able to teach a master’s level environmental and resource economics course and an undergraduate or master’s level environmental policy course. Preference will be given to candidates who can also teach more advanced environmental economics courses, particularly with a focus on valuation methods or energy economics. Candidates should have a Ph.D.
(or expected) in Public Policy or Environmental Studies with significant training and experience in economics or in Agricultural/Resource Economics or Economics with significant training and experience in environmental policy. The Instructor Position is for 2 years with the possibility of a 1‐year extension. Please send CV and statement of interest to Laura Turcotte at: For more information on the Nicholas School, see:


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 (

Summer Institute: “Contemplative Environmental Studies: Pedagogy for Self and Planet,” August 1‐6, Lama Foundation, San Cristobal, New Mexico (Open to professors, advanced PhD students). The Institute explores the relationship between one’s inner growth and environmental political engagement. Faculty include: Paul Wapner (American University), Matthew Jelacic (University of Colorado), Richard Falk (Princeton and UC, Santa Barbara), David Abram (author of Spell of the Sensuous), and Nicole Salimbene (artist). More information can be found at:

The 2nd Yale/UNITAR Global Conference on Environmental Governance and Democracy will take place at Yale University, New Haven, USA from 17‐19 September 2010 in the margins of the United Nations Millennium Development Goal Summit, 20‐22 September, New York. Focusing on the theme of Strengthening Institutions to Address Climate Change and Advance a Green Economy, the event will take stock of and examine the role of institutional structures and decision‐making procedures in fostering (or impeding) low carbon and climate resilient development. Papers and discussions will cover various levels of governance (i.e. global, transnational, national, sub‐national, and local) as well as specialized governance topics, including governance of climate change science, financing and forestry. Anticipated outcomes of the conference include a research agenda and enhanced knowledge sharing to better understand the openness, transparency, accountability and effectiveness of institutions engaged in action to address climate change. Scholars and experts are invited to submit abstracts for proposed papers by 15 May 2010. Those wishing to attend as participants must express an interest by 15 June 2010. Information about the application process is available at

To be published in 2010
HESP Vol. 5: Hans Günter Brauch, Úrsula Oswald Spring, Czeslaw Mesjasz, John Grin, Patricia Kameri‐ Mbote, Béchir Chourou, Pal Dunay, Jörn Birkmann (Eds.): Coping with Global Environmental Change, Disasters and Security – Threats, Challenges, Vulnerabilities and Risks. Hexagon Series on Human and Environmental Security and Peace, vol. 5 ( Berlin – Heidelberg – New York: Springer‐Verlag, 2010), in press.
HESP Vol. 6: ThanhDam Truong, Des Gapter (Eds.): Transnational Migration: The Migration ‐ Development – Security Nexus. Hexagon Series on Human and Environmental Security and Peace, vol. 6 ( Berlin – Heidelberg – New York: Springer‐Verlag, 2010), in production .
HESP Vol. 7: Úrsula Oswald Spring (Ed.): Water Resources in Mexico. Hexagon Series on Human and Environmental Security and Peace, vol. 7 (Berlin – Heidelberg – New York: Springer‐Verlag, 2010), in preparation.
To be published in 2011
HESP Vol. 8: Scheffran, Jürgen; Brzoska, Michael; Brauch, Hans Günter; Link, Peter Michael; Schilling, Janpeter (Eds.): Climate Change,Human Security and Violent Conflict: Challenges for Societal Stability. Hexagon Series on Human and Environmental Security and Peace, vol. 8 Berlin – Heidelberg – New York: Springer‐Verlag, 2011), in planning.
HESP Vol. 9: Czeslaw Mesjasz: Stability, Turbulence or Chaos? Systems Thinking and Theory and Policy of Security. Hexagon Series on Human and Environmental Security and Peace, vol. 9 (Berlin – Heidelberg – New York: Springer‐Verlag, 2011), in planning.