ESS Newsletter Fall – 2011-2012

Environmental Studies Section of the International Studies Association, Newsletter, October 2011

Editors: Richard Matthew and Pamela Donohoo, University of California, Irvine

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International Studies Association
Power, Principles and Participation in the Global Information Age
53rd Annual Convention

Annual Convention will be held April 1-4, 2012 in San Diego, California

The 53rd ISA Annual Convention will be held in San Diego from April 1-4, 2012 at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront. The convention theme is Power, Principles and Participation in the Global Information Age. The full call for proposals has been posted to our website here. The convention website will be updated continuously as additional information becomes available.

We notified participants about their acceptance status by e-mail on September 22, 2011. Please review your participation in the My Program area of MyISA and let the program chairs know if you have any questions or concerns. The program chairs will try to accommodate your requests as they put the finishing touches on the final program. Please feel free to contact them at the following address:

Participants, please remember to register by October 17, 2011. And don’t forget, there’s a $20 discount if your register online.

BISA-ISA Joint International Conference for Edinburgh, Scotland, June 20-22, 2012
The Program Chairs are announcing a new deadline for the submission of paper and panels. The new deadline is October 3, 2011. Individual paper and panel proposals can be submitted online to a link at ISA’s webpage:
Please feel free to direct any queries about this extension to Karen Rasler at

Lund Conference on Earth System Governance: Towards Just and Legitimate Earth System Governance – Addressing Inequalities
18-20 April 2012 at Lund University, Sweden
This conference is part of a global series organized by the Earth System Governance Project. The first Earth System Governance conference was held in Amsterdam in December 2009 and the second in Fort Collins in May 2011. The 2012 Lund Conference on Earth System Governance is hosted by Lund University and jointly organized by the Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies (LUCSUS) and the Department of Political Science at Lund University, on behalf of the Earth System Governance Project. The Call for Papers is open until 31 October 2011.



2.1. BOOKS

Two new volumes have been published this summer and fall in the peer-reviewed Hexagon Series on Human and Environmental Security and Peace published by Springer in New York, Heidelberg, Dordrecht and London. Both books are also available as E-books and as individual chapters on SpringerLink. For those libraries that subscribe to SpringerLink all texts may be downloaded for free by faculty-members and students.

Thanh-Dam Truong, Des Gasper (Eds.): Transnational Migration and Human Security: The Migration–Development–Security Nexus. Hexagon Series on Human and Environmental Security and Peace, vol. 6 ( Berlin – Heidelberg – New York: Springer-Verlag, 2011).
ISBN: 978-3-642-12756-4 (Print)
ISBN: 978-3-642-12757-1 (Online)
DOI 10.1007/978-3-642-12757-1
This volume addresses key aspects of human security in transnational migration. The 22 essays cover all levels of migration systems, from families, farms and firms through to global organizations and negotiating forums. They show how institutional frameworks for cross-border movements of people, finance, and goods have co-evolved with changes in the workings of nation-states. They thereby reveal aspects of power and privilege within ‘international migration’ as a discursive area and at its intersections with the fields of ‘development’, governance and ‘security’. Revisiting presuppositions that have been taken as givens, and exploring their role in shaping rules and institutions that control the movements of people across and within borders, the essays reveal also the mentalities and rationalities that have made up and continue to make up the reality of transnational migration today. A human security perspective can encourage exploratory thinking and provide conceptual space for deeper understandings of ‘human’, ‘movement’ and ‘borders’, to help overcome the limits of conventional analytical and policy dualisms and dichotomies.

Úrsula Oswald Spring (Ed.): Water Resources in Mexico. Hexagon Series on Human and Environmental Security and Peace, vol. 7 (Heidelberg – New York – Dordrecht – London: Springer, 2012) due: 30 September 2011.
ISBN: 978-3-642-05431-0 (Print)
ISBN: 978-3-642-05432-7 (Online)
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-05432-7
Water resources in Mexico are threatened by scarcity, pollution, and climate change. In two decades water consumption has doubled, leading to water stress in dry seasons and in semi-arid and arid regions. Water stress is rising due to physical and economic pressure. In five sections, a multidisciplinary team analyses hydrological processes in basins and their interactions with climate, soil, and biota. Competing water use in agriculture, industry, and for domestic consumption requires savings, decontamination processes, and desalination to satisfy growing demands. Water quality affects health and ecosystems. This creates both conflicts and cooperation that may be enhanced by policy, institution building, and social organization.

Maria B. Olmos Giupponi (Ed.). Medio ambiente, cambio climático y derechos humanos (Environmental protection, climate change and human rights). DIKE, Bogota/San Jose de Costa Rica.
The book is the outcome of the contribution of scholars, practitioners and judges of more than ten different countries, providing new insights in climate change, environmental protection and human rights. The book is divided into three different sections. The first section is devoted to the analysis of the protection of the environment at judicial level in the Americas. The second section focuses on the human rights dimension, including issues such as the right to water, the conceptualization of human security and the impact of climate change on the enjoyment of certain rights. The third section explores the obligation to curve green house emissions under international law regimes, the links between environmental protection and regional energy integration and the cooperation on sustainable development from a transatlantic perspective.

Watanabe, Rie. Climate Policy Changes in Germany and Japan – A Path to Paradigmatic Policy Change. London: Routledge, 2011.
Climate Policy Changes in Germany and Japan compares two decades of climate policy development in Germany and Japan. It examines whether there is any difference between the types and levels of policy change in the two countries, and, if so, what factors account for the difference. Using a comparison of climate policy changes in Germany and Japan from 1987 to 2005 as a basis, it also discusses the effectiveness and the limits of existing theories of policy change and policy process, most notably the Advocacy Coalition Framework (ACF), Punctuated Equilibrium Approach, Multiple Stream Approach and new institutionalism, and explores the theoretical question as to how long-term, paradigmatic policy change takes place. The book lastly presents a hypothetical model of the mechanisms of paradigmatic policy change.
The two countries form a useful comparative approach to the issue of climate change. They represent the range of types and levels of changes in policies to control CO2 emissions in the industrial and energy sectors (dependent variables), while also demonstrating similarities in a number of independent variables: the size and structure of their economies; their shares in global GHG emissions; their general policy-making styles, including strong administrative systems and close relationships between ministries and industries; and their general environmental policies.

Jeffrey L. Roberg and Penny Seymoure (Ed.). Tourism in Northeastern Argentina: The Intersection of Human and Indigenous Rights with the Environment. Lexington Books, November 2011.
Using the rubrics of individual, indigenous, and environmental rights, Tourism in Northeastern Argentina: The Intersection of Human and Indigenous Rights with the Environment, edited by Penny Seymoure and Jeffrey L. Roberg, utilizes in-depth case studies developed from field work to explore the impact of tourism on local communities, indigenous cultures, and the environment in northeastern Argentina. The case studies demonstrate the effects of tourism on several areas of spectacular beauty, along with the positive and negative consequences of economic and social development in these areas.

Sebastian Oberthür and Olav Schram Stokke, eds. 2011. Managing Institutional Complexity. Regime Interplay and Global Environmental Change, Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
“Institutional Interaction and complexity are crucial to environmental governance and are quickly becoming dominant themes in the international relations and environmental politics literatures. This book examines international institutional interplay and its consequences, focusing on two important issues: how states and other actors, including the EU, can manage institutional interaction to improve synergy and avoid disruption; and what forces drive the emergence and evolution of institutional complexes, sets of institutions that co-govern particular issue areas. The book, a product of the Institutional Dimensions of Global Environmental Change research project (IDGEC), offers both theoretical and empirical perspectives.”


Abbott, Kenneth W., and David Gartner. 2011. The Green Climate Fund and the Future of Environmental Governance. Earth System Governance Working Paper, No.16.

Betsill, Michele M., Philipp Pattberg, and Eleni Dellas. 2011. Special Issue on Agency in Earth System Governance. International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics, 11 (1).

Biermann, Frank, and Aarti Gupta. 2011. Special Issue on Accountability and legitimacy: An analytical challenge for earth system governance. Ecological Economics, 70 (11).

Corbera, Esteve, and Heike Schroeder. Governing and implementing REDD+. Environmental Science & Policy, 14 (2): 89-99. 2011.

Harris, Paul G., ed. Ethics and Global Environmental Policy: Cosmopolitan Conceptions of Climate Change. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2011. Contributors: N. Dower, R. Felli, P.S. Golub, P.G. Harris, M.W. Howard, J. Kent, J.-P. Marechal, R. Paehlke, S. Vanderheiden.

Harris, Paul G., ed. China’s Responsibility for Climate Change: Ethics, Fairness and Environmental Policy. Bristol: Policy Press, 2011. Contributors: D. Bell, O. Bina, C. Ellerman, P.G. Harris, N. Hohne, M.C. MacCracken, F.C. Moore, B. Muller, A. Oberheitmann, E.W. Schienke, P. Schroeder, E. Sternfeld, J. Symons.

Harris, P.G. “Cosmopolitanism and Climate Change Policy.” In Ethics and Global Environmental Policy: Cosmopolitan Conceptions of Climate Change, edited by P.G. Harris. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2011, pp. 1-19. [R]

Harris, P.G. “Cosmopolitan Diplomacy and the Climate Change Regime: Moving beyond International Doctrine.” In Ethics and Global Environmental Policy: Cosmopolitan Conceptions of Climate Change, edited by P.G. Harris. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2011, pp. 175-199.

Harris, P.G. “Diplomacy, Responsibility and China’s Climate Change Policy” In China’s Responsibility for Climate Change: Ethics, Fairness and Environmental Policy, edited by P.G. Harris. Bristol: Policy Press, 2011, pp. 1-21.

Harris, P.G. “Chinese Responsibility for Climate Change.” In China’s Responsibility for Climate Change: Ethics, Fairness and Environmental Policy, edited by P.G. Harris. Bristol: Policy Press, 2011, pp. 225-235.

Vasileiadou, Eleftheria, Gaston Heimeriks, and Arthur C. Petersen. 2011. Exploring the impact of the IPCC Assessment Reports on science. Environmental Science & Policy, (in press)


International Studies Online
International Studies Online is the most comprehensive reference work ever created for the fields of international studies and international relations. Wiley-Blackwell is pleased to offer members of ISA free access to this resource until October 31, 2011. Please enjoy your free access by logging into International Studies Online through MyISA’s Journal Access page (login required) and click on the Wiley-Blackwell icon.


2011-12 Food Ethics Lecture Series at Penn State – Live Webcasts Available
The Rock Ethics Institute at Penn State – in collaboration with the Bioethics Program and several other units at University Park – invites you to join us for the Food Ethics Lectures Series 2011-12.
The series explores some of the most compelling issues in food ethics today-from the agrarian tradition to industrial farming, from the ethics of nutrigenomics to food safety and food security, from fish in pain to the fish on your plate. This course of eight distinct but interrelated lectures is-like any good meal-designed to leave the audience both satisfied and wanting more. The lectures can be viewed live on the web, and questions can be submitted in real time to the speakers. For a list of all the lectures see:
Viewers are also encouraged to follow and engage in the conversation about food ethics on the Rock Ethics Institute’s Bioethics Blog,, and on the Public Philosophy Network: .
If you would like to receive email reminders about our forthcoming lectures in the Food Ethics Lecture Series, please send an email . For more information about the Rock Ethics Institute at Penn State, please go to .
To learn more about Penn State’s Bioethics Program, and its new interdisciplinary dual-title Ph.D. in bioethics, the only program of its kind, please go to

Transnational Environmental Law (TEL)
Cambridge University Press’ new academic journal, Transnational Environmental Law launches in 2012. Further information can be found at:
Cambridge University Press does also publish other environmental studies journals, a list of which can be found here:

Policy Brief: “Transforming Governance and Institutions for a Planet under Pressure. Revitalizing the Institutional Framework for Global Sustainability”
The Earth System Governance Project has released its new comprehensive Policy Brief “Transforming Governance and Institutions for a Planet under Pressure: Revitalizing the Institutional Framework for Global Sustainability”. The Policy Brief offers a concise, cutting-edge assessment of the state of knowledge on the institutional framework for sustainable development and on possible reform options. It brings together various strands of research and schools of thought and will serve as key input of the scientific community in this field to the current preparations for the 2012 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (“Rio+20”). For more information and download of the Policy Brief see

ISA Call for Nominations for Non-North American Representatives to Governing Council
Each year the International Studies Association is currently soliciting nominations for the Non-North American members-at-large 2012-2014 terms. Nominees must be individual ISA members residing outside of the United States and Canada. Any ISA member may self-nominate or nominate a Non-North American ISA member to serve on the Governing Council. Only Non-North American ISA members may vote in the election. When nominating please determine that the nominee is willing to stand for election and serve if elected.
ISA Headquarters will accept nominations until November 17, 2011.


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

Environmental Policy Analyst Positions:
Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) in Japan

1. Environmental policy analyst: Rio+20 Sustainable Development Governance (1 position)
Analysis sustainable development governance issues related to Rio+20 (UN Conference on Sustainable Development to be held in Brazil in 2012), focusing on the Institutional Framework for Sustainable Development (IFSD), and regional environmental governance in East Asia

2. Environmental policy analyst: Regional air pollution (1 position)
Regional cooperation on air pollution issues in East Asia focusing on domestic aspects in related countries
People with varied backgrounds can be considered, and applicants should explain how their background can enable them to contribute to the topics in the positions.
Applicants should have at least a Masters degree in a relevant field; Ph.D. is preferred.
Any nationality is welcome, but we hope for professional level Japanese writing ability for one of the positions. Professional English writing ability is required for both positions.
Positions are 1 or 3 year contracts renewable depending on performance and funding.
Details are on our website: