ESS Newsletter – Spring 2011

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

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

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International Studies Association
53rd Annual Convention

April 1-4, 2012, San Diego, California
Deadline for submissions to the ISA 2012 Annual Convention in San Diego is June 1, 2011
For the full call for papers, see the ISA 2012 page at:


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 2010 or 2011. Books with a 2012 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 award will be presented at the annual meeting of the ISA in San Diego in April 2012, but the committee must complete its review and reach a decision by November 2011. For this reason, we need to receive notice of nominations and copies of nominated books by 1 August 2011.
Publishers wishing to nominate books should send one copy of each book to each member of the Sprout Award Committee:

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

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

Peter Newell
School of International Development
University of East Anglia
Norwich NR4 7TJ

Kate O’Neill
Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management
University of California, Berkeley
129 Giannini Hall
Berkeley, California 94720

Thomas Princen
School of Natural Resources and Environment
440 Church Street, Dana Building, room 2506
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1041



In March and April 2011 the third volume of the peer-reviewed Global Environmental and Human Security Handbook for the Anthropocene (GEHSHA) that was edited by:
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, 2011), 1872 pages.
Launched in Ottawa and Montreal, in New York and in Mexico City

  • on 14 March in Ottawa (Canada) by the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, the Centre for European Studies (European Union Centre of Excellence) at Carleton University, and the British High Commission in Ottawa;
  • on 16 March in Montreal during a session at ISA with Nils-Petter Gleditsch and Thomas homer-dicon as discussants;
  • on 23 March by the New York Office of the United Nations University (UNU-ONY) in the United Nations Headquarters by two coeditors and representatives of the Permanent Missions of Germany, Nigeria and Mexico;
  • on 28 April by the Facultad de Ciencias Politicas of the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico

This event and most speeches of these four events are documented at:

3.1. BOOKS

Dinar, Shlomi (ed.) Beyond Resource Wars: Scarcity, Environmental Degradation, and International Cooperation, (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press).
Common wisdom holds that the earth’s dwindling natural resources and increasing environmental degradation will inevitably lead to inter-state conflict, and possibly even set off “resource wars.” Many scholars and policymakers have considered the environmental roots of violent conflict and instability, but little attention has been paid to the idea that scarcity and degradation may actually play a role in fostering inter-state cooperation. Beyond Resource Wars fills this gap, offering a different perspective on the links between environmental problems and inter-state conflict. Although the contributors do not deny that resource scarcity and environmental degradation may become sources of contention, they argue that these conditions also provide the impetus for cooperation, coordination, and negotiation between states. The book examines aspects of environmental conflict and cooperation in detail, across a number of natural resources and issues including oil, water, climate change, ocean pollution, and biodiversity conservation.
The contributors argue that increasing scarcity and degradation generally induce cooperation across states, but when conditions worsen (and a problem becomes too costly or a resource becomes too scarce), cooperation becomes more difficult. Similarly, low levels of scarcity may discourage cooperation because problems seem less urgent. With contributions from scholars in international relations, economics, and political science, Beyond Resource Wars offers a comprehensive and robust investigation of the links among scarcity, environmental degradation, cooperation, and conflict.

Harris, Paul G., ed. China’s Responsibility for Climate Change: Ethics, Fairness and Environmental Policy. Bristol: Policy Press, 2011.
Along with being an increasingly wealthy country, China is now the largest national source of pollution that causes global warming. This book assesses how China’s longstanding concerns about international fairness and justice can be squared against the pressing need for an effective international regime that limits greenhouse gas emissions, including those from China. From a variety of perspectives and with a ethical focus, the book critically explores China’s contribution to and responsibility for climate change. It describes and analyzes China’s domestic and foreign policy responses to this problem.

Mittelman, James H. 2011. Contesting Global Order: Development, Global Governance, and Globalization. London and New York: Routledge.
Contesting Global Order traces dominant values and patterns on a world level over the last half century. Including a framing introduction written for the volume, this book presents James H. Mittelman’s most influential essays. It offers cross-regional analysis, drawing on his fieldwork in nine countries in Africa and Asia.
This research explores mechanisms by which prevailing knowledge about global order is implicated in its deep tensions: chiefly, the impetus for development and global governance embodies aspirations for attaining wellbeing and upholding human dignity; yet market- and state-driven globalization embraces basic ideas inscribed in power, thus increasing vulnerability and making the world more insecure. Rather than exalt one element in this quandary over another, Mittelman shows how different aspects of the relationship collide. Examining cases of specific localities, international organizations, and social movements, this grounded study unveils evolving structures that shape our times. It projects scenarios for future global order and how to make it work for the have-nots.


Bauer, Steffen. 2011. Stormy Weather: International Security in the Shadow of Climate Change, in: Brauch, Hans Günter, Oswald Spring, Úrsula, Mesjasz, Czeslaw, Grin, John, Kameri-Mbote, Patricia, Chourou, Béchir, Dunay, Pal, Birkmann, Jörn (Eds.): Coping with Global Environmental Change, Disasters and Security – Threats, Challenges, Vulnerabilities and Risks (Berlin – Heidelberg – New York: Springer-Verlag, 2011): 719-734, doi: <10.1007/978-3-642-17776-7_41>.

Bernstein, Steven. 2011. “Legitimacy in Intergovernmental and Non-state Global Governance.” Review of International Political Economy 18 (1): 17-51.

Brauch, Hans Günter, Oswald Spring, Úrsula. 2011. Introduction: Coping with Global Environmental Change in the Anthropocene, in: Brauch, Hans Günter, et al. (Eds.): Coping with Global Environmental Change, Disasters and Security (Berlin – New York: Springer-Verlag, 2011): 31-60, doi: <10.1007/978-3-642-17776-7_1>.

Brauch, Hans Günter. 2011. Concepts of Security Threats, Challenges, Vulnerabilities and Risks, in: Brauch, Hans Günter, et al. (Eds.): Coping with Global Environmental Change, Disasters and Security (Berlin – New York: Springer-Verlag, 2011): 61-121, doi: <10.1007/978-3-642-17776-7_2>.

Brauch, Hans Günter. 2011. Security Threats, Challenges, Vulnerabilities and Risks in US National Security Documents (1990–2010), in: Brauch, Hans Günter, et al. (Eds.): Coping with Global Environmental Change, Disasters and Security (Berlin – New York: Springer-Verlag, 2011): 249-274, doi: <10.1007/978-3-642-17776-7_12>.

Brauch, Hans Günter. 2011. Global Climate Change Impacts for the Mediterranean in the
21st Century: Challenges for Human and Environmental Security, in: Brauch, Hans Günter, et al. (Eds.): Coping with Global Environmental Change, Disasters and Security (Berlin – New York: Springer-Verlag, 2011): 485-524, doi: <10.1007/978-3-642-17776-7_26>.

Brauch, Hans Günter, Dalby, Simon, Oswald Spring, Úrsula. 2011. Political Geoecology for the Anthropocene, in: Brauch, Hans Günter, et al. (Eds.): Coping with Global Environmental Change, Disasters and Security (Berlin – New York: Springer-Verlag, 2011): 1453-1486, doi: <10.1007/978-3-642-17776-7_94>.

Brauch, Hans Günter, Oswald Spring, Úrsula. 2011. Securitizing Land Degradation and Desertification: A Proactive Soil Security Concept, in: Brauch, Hans Günter, et al. (Eds.): Coping with Global Environmental Change, Disasters and Security (Berlin – New York: Springer-Verlag, 2011): 803-834, doi: <10.1007/978-3-642-17776-7_47>.

Fischhendler, Itay, Shlomi Dinar, and David Katz. 2011. “The Politics of Unilateral Environmentalism: Cooperation and Conflict over Water Management along the Israeli-Palestinian Border,” Global environmental Politics, V 11, N 1, pgs. 36-61.

Harris, Paul G. 2011. Coping with Climate Change in East Asia: Vulnerabilities and
Responsibilities, in: Brauch, Hans Günter, et al. (Eds.): Coping with Global Environmental Change, Disasters and Security (Berlin – New York: Springer-Verlag, 2011): 1333-1340, doi: <10.1007/978-3-642-17776-7_84>.

Harris, Paul G. “Reconceptualizing Governance.” In Oxford Handbook of Climate Change and Society, edited by J. Dryzek, R. Norgaard and D. Schlosberg. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011, pp. 639-652.

Harris, Paul G. “Peace, Security and Global Climate Change: The Vital Role of China.” Global Change, Peace & Security 23 (2) (2011): 141-145. (Introduction to special section on China and Global Climate Change.)

Kanie, Norichika, Nishimoto, Hiromi, Hijioka,Yasuaki, Kameyama, Yasuko. 2011. Implications of Equity Considerations and Emission Reduction Targets: Lessons from the Case of Japan’s Mid-Term Target, in: Brauch, Hans Günter, et al. (Eds.): Coping with Global Environmental Change, Disasters and Security (Berlin –New York: Springer-Verlag, 2011): 1393-1400, doi: <10.1007/978-3-642-17776-7_89>.

Mesjasz, Czeslaw. 2011. Economic Vulnerability and Economic Security, in: Brauch, Hans Günter, et al. (Eds.): Coping with Global Environmental Change, Disasters and Security (Berlin –New York: Springer-Verlag, 2011): 123-156, doi: <10.1007/978-3-642-17776-7_3>.

Ohta, Hiroshi. 2011. Japanese Climate Change Policy: Moving Beyond the Kyoto Process, in: Brauch, Hans Günter, et al. (Eds.): Coping with Global Environmental Change, Disasters and Security (Berlin– New York: Springer-Verlag, 2011): 1381-1392, doi: <10.1007/978-3-642-17776-7_88>.

Oswald Spring, Úrsula. 2011. Genetically Modified Organisms: A Threat for Food Security and Risk for Food Sovereignty and Survival, in: Brauch, Hans Günter, et al. (Eds.): Coping with Global Environmental Change, Disasters and Security (Berlin –New York: Springer-Verlag, 2011): 1019-1042, doi: <10.1007/978-3-642-17776-7_62>.

Oswald Spring, Úrsula. 2011. Social Vulnerability, Discrimination, and Resilience-building in Disaster Risk Reduction, in: Brauch, Hans Günter, et al. (Eds.): Coping with Global Environmental Change, Disasters and Security (Berlin– New York: Springer-Verlag, 2011): 1169-1182, doi: <10.1007/978-3-642-17776-7_72>.

Oswald Spring, Úrsula, Brauch, Hans Günter. 2011. Coping with Global Environmental Change – Sustainability Revolution and Sustainable Peace, in: Brauch, Hans Günter, et al. (Eds.): Coping with Global Environmental Change, Disasters and Security (Berlin – New York: Springer-Verlag, 2011): 1487-1504, doi: <10.1007/978-3-642-17776-7_952>.

Scheffran. Jürgen. 2011. Security Risks of Climate Change: Vulnerabilities, Threats, Conflicts
and Strategies, in: Brauch, Hans Günter, et al. (Eds.): Coping with Global Environmental Change, Disasters and Security (Berlin –New York: Springer-Verlag, 2011): 735-756, doi: <10.1007/978-3-642-17776-7_42>.


Interdisciplinary Perspectives, Theoretical Issues, Comparative Designs.

Balsiger, Jörg, and Bernard Debarbieux (Eds). 2011. Regional Environmental Governance: Interdisciplinary Perspectives, Theoretical Issues, Comparative Designs. Procedia – Social and Behavioral Sciences 14. (free online access at
This is the proceedings of the REGov workshop held 16-18 June 2010 at the University of Geneva, Switzerland. Webcasts of all presentations also continue to be available at

On 14 April 2011 the President of the 65th Session of the United Nations General Assembly conducted an Informal Thematic Debate on Human Security based on Resolution 64/291 adopted by the General Assembly on 27 July 2010) as a Follow-up to paragraph 143 on human security of the 2005 World Summit Outcome. To this high-level event four scientists from the US, Australia/Canada, India and Germany were invited to address the delegates and to offer scientific suggestions supporting their effort to define Human Security. One member of the ESS of ISA suggested to introduce the environmental and natural hazard agenda into the human security debate by adding a fourth pillar of human security as „Freedom from Hazard Impacts“. This Event is documented on the website of the UN General Assembly at: and a press release on the debate are at: .


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A Center for Governance and Sustainability has been launched at the
University of Massachusetts Boston.
The new Center seeks to become a leading intellectual hub linking analytical rigor and policy action on issues of environment, development, and sustainability governance globally. Its mission is to provide state-of-the-art research, policy input, fora, and training tools to build a corps of new professionals committed to academic excellence, public service, and innovative leadership in solving complex sustainability challenges from the campus to the global level.
Located under the Department of Conflict Resolution, Human Security and Global Governance (CRHSGG) in the McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies, the Center is co-directed by Dr. Maria Ivanova and Dr. Craig Murphy. The Global Environmental Governance Project is one of the flagship initiatives that will be integrated into the Center along with a range of other research projects on development governance and sustainability.
On the 28 March 2011, the inaugural event for the Center took place with Sudan’s UN Ambassador Lumumba Di-Aping as the honorary speaker, and UMass Boston Provost Winston Langley and Dean Steve Crosby among the 60 people in attendance.
To learn more about the Center or to connect with its initiatives, please visit its website or contact

Andrea K. Gerlak, University of Arizona
Carol Harden, University of Tennessee
Anne Chin, University of Colorado-Denver
Using the language of “systems” is an effective way to build common ground between natural and social scientists interested in the future of human-landscape interactions. Fifty scholars, representing 11 academic disciplines, including geography, anthropology, atmospheric science, decision science, ecology, economics, engineering, geological sciences, hydrologic science, political science, and sociology, arrived at this conclusion last spring after exploring ways to advance understanding of human-landscape interactions at an NSF-sponsored workshop hosted by the University of Oregon’s Geography Department.
The workshop, titled “Landscapes in the Anthropocene: Exploring the Human Connections,” took place soon after the release of Landscapes on the Edge: New Horizons for Research on Earth’s Surface, a National Research Council publication that posed a grand challenge to understand, predict, and respond to rapidly changing human-landscape systems. The report recommended developing new conceptual frameworks, methodologies, and interdisciplinary collaborations across the natural and social sciences to meet this challenge.
Conference participants addressed this challenge by developing several integrative themes that could serve as focal points for building theory for interdisciplinary groups of researchers. These include:
1. Thresholds/tipping points: What are they, and how do they arise from interactions among hydro-geomorphologic, ecologic, and human systems? Are thresholds predictable (are signals of irreversible change identifiable?) especially where the path of response differs from the trajectory of impact?
2. Time scales and time lags: How do the time scales of geomorphological, hydrological, and ecological processes relate to those of behavioral and institutional processes? How do time lags within physical, biological, cultural, political, and economic systems interact to influence observed and predicted system states?
3. Spatial scales and boundaries: How do physical boundaries compare with cultural and political boundaries? Do human-made boundaries produce environmental signals, and vice versa?
4. Feedback loops: In human-landscape systems, how can feedback loops be identified and tightened to slow or reverse degradation, especially when coupling is weak or driven by a threshold response? How can coupling be managed to promote greater resilience and a sustainable Earth?
Participants at the 2010 Oregon workshop highlighted the increasing need to recognize the interdependence of human, hydro-geomorphological, and ecological systems in understanding human-landscape interactions. Widespread agreement was expressed for greater integration across disciplinary boundaries and across space and time. Such efforts are critical for generating the new knowledge urgently needed for theory building and for mitigation, environmental restoration, and social adaptation.
The 2010 NRC report, Understanding the Changing Planet: Strategic Directions for the Geographical Sciences, published after the workshop, calls for large-scale collaborations between researchers from different areas of expertise to increase understanding of the human role in environmental change, among other important challenges of the 21st century. Solidifying interdisciplinary research communities and identifying their potential contributions is therefore, an urgent task, even though further challenges emerge in collaborations across the many disciplines needed to address the complexities of human-landscape systems. Such challenges include the need to reconcile different languages and ways of characterizing natural and social systems. Identifying and developing common metrics and systematic methods for analyzing relationships across disciplines are also critical, including those that incorporate qualitative approaches. Significant advances will require intensified efforts to synthesize across cases and aggregate and scale up from individual studies.
Details regarding conference participants and workshop briefing materials can be found at the conference website at: Please check back at the website for additional materials and future opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration as the project moves forward. The full report from the workshop is available at:
Note: The workshop steering committee included: Anne Chin, Chair (Dept. Geography and Environmental Sciences, University of Colorado Denver); Mary English (Institute for a Secure and Sustainable Environment, University of Tennessee); Carol Harden (Dept. Geography, University of Tennessee); Maria Carmen Lemos (School of Natural Resources and Environment, University of Michigan); Patricia McDowell (Dept. Geography, University of Oregon); Ellen Wohl (Dept. Geosciences, Colorado State University).

In June 2011, we will start a joint course on Global Environmental Politics that will involve students and professors from both universities. The course will start in Brasilia, and end in Upsylant, Michigan. It will include lectures, speeches from governmental and non-governmental officers, and field trips to the cerrado (Brazilian savanna), to the Brazilian Amazon, and to the US Great Lakes. The initiative is under the project GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE AND GLOBAL LEARNING: LINKING THE LOCAL AND THE GLOBAL DIMENSIONS IN THE BRAZILIAN RAIN FOREST AND THE U.S .GREAT LAKES between the two universities, and next year it will hopefully involve Michigan University, and the Federal University of Roraima, Brazil. It is a innovative, interdisciplinary, and multicultural way of teaching, learning and researching about the environment.

Robert V. Bartlett, Gund Professor of Liberal Arts in the UVM Political Science Department, and Walter F. Baber, California State University Long Beach, were awarded the 2011 International Studies Association International Ethics Book Prize at the ISA conference in Montreal, March 16-19, 2011, for their book, Global Democracy and Sustainable Jurisprudence: Deliberative Environmental Law (MIT Press).
In announcing the award, Professor Anthony F. Lang, Jr., wrote, “As the chair of the committee, I found your book to be an outstanding example of cross disciplinary normative theorizing. You do an excellent job of both addressing the ‘democracy gap’ in international law and also focusing on global environmental issues in an insightful and interesting way. I learned a great deal from it, and, in light of my own research on global constitutionalism, it was an excellent example of how to see an evolving global legal and political structure that is both ideal and yet grounded in current political realities.”


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

We have a new opening for a Lectureship in Economics and the Environment in the Centre for Environmental Policy at Imperial College London. This is a fixed-term position for the duration of 18 months that will require knowledge of, and experience in, the field of economics and the environment or a closely related area. Naturally, we are hoping to extend the said appointment subject to the approval of the College. We would be grateful if you would pass this email on to any persons that you think might be interested in this opportunity. For more informationvisit:
Contact Zen Makuch with questions at:


The Center for Dialogue and Analysis on North America, ITESM, Mexico City Campus
and The National Institute of Ecology invite you to register for the online course: (in Spanish)
An on-line distance learning course, developed with the National Institute of Ecology, with flexible hours and a duration of 60 hours, which aims to strengthen the capabilities of anyone interested in giving timely responses to local challenges imposed by global warming.
From basic science to the development of greenhouse gas inventories…
The next course starts June 27, 2011
Registration deadline: June 10, 2011
Cost: MXN $ 6,250 plus VAT
Discount if paid before June 3: MXN $ 5,000 plus VAT
For more information:
Email: or directly with Johanna Koolemans-Beynen by phone:
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