ESS Newsletter—Winter 2013

Environmental Studies Section of the International Studies Association, Newsletter, March 2013

Editors: Richard Matthew, University of California, Irvine and Crystal Murphy, Chapman University

The next edition will be May 2013. We follow a Fall, Winter, Spring schedule.

The ESS newsletter is based at the Center for Unconventional Security Affairs at the University of California, Irvine ( and co-edited by Richard Matthew and Crystal Murphy. Please send publication information, announcements, calls for papers, job announcements, etc. for inclusion in the next issue to and include “ESS Newsletter” in the subject line.





1.1. BOOKS

J. Samuel Barkin and Elizabeth R. DeSombre, Saving Global Fisheries:  Reducing Fishing Capacity to Promote Sustainability (Cambridge, MA:  The MIT Press, 2013).

Sofie Bouteligier, Cities, Networks, and Global Environmental Governance Spaces of Innovation, Places of Leadership (London: Routledge 2012)

Elizabeth Chalecki, Environmental Security: A Guide to the Issues (Santa Barbara: Praeger 2013)

Paul Wapner, Living through the End of Nature: The Future of American Environmentalism (MIT 2010) is now available in paperback.




Biedenkopf, Katja. 2012. Hazardous Substances in Electronics: The Effects of European Union Risk Regulation on China. European Journal of Risk Regulation 3(4): 477-487.

Bulkeley, Harriet, and Michele M. Betsill. “Revisiting the urban politics of climate change.” Environmental Politics 22.1 (2013): 136-154.

Kauneckis, Derek L. and Auer, Matthew R. 2013. “A simulation of international climate regime formation,” Simulation and Gaming (Vol. 44, forthcoming in print).

Mikler, John and Neil E. Harrison, “Varieties of Capitalism and Technological Innovation for Climate Change Mitigation,” New Political Economy, 17(2) (2012): 179-208



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


The Department of Public Administration at CIDE (Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas) solicits applicants for a faculty position in our Aguascalientes Campus (Región Centro).


CIDE is a public research center specialized in the social sciences, offering high‐quality undergraduate and graduate programs. Salaries are competitive nationally and internationally. The usual teaching load is one course per semester. Applicants must be fluent in Spanish as it is the working language at CIDE. The selected candidate should be able to teach courses on the areas of Public Policy, Federalism and Local Government, and Public management.

We welcome candidates from public administration, public policy, law, political science, or other related fields. Candidates are required to have a doctorate degree, a solid background in theory and research methods, and an interest in studying public affairs. Applications from candidates without the degree will only be considered if they include a letter from the chair of the committee stating a date for the defense of the doctoral dissertation. The latter should occur before the end of 2013.

Applicants should send the following documents in PDF format to before April 14, 2013:

  • Research and teaching plan for the next three years (no longer than three pages.)
  • Currículum Vitae.
  • Writing sample (the candidate should be the first author of the text, preferably a refereed journal article or two chapters of the doctoral dissertation.)
  • Three letters of recommendation.

CIDE is an equal opportunity employer committed to the promotion of diversity.

For further information please visit CIDE’s webpage at



PhD Scholarship in International Relations: “Policy learning in climate finance”

The Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) is advertising for a PhD studentship on policy learning in global climate finance. This is in collaboration with the Department of International Relations under the supervision of Dr Robert Falkner. This project will study the emergence of global climate finance and the role that policy learning is playing in international institutional design.

As the international community begins to implement pledges on climate finance, politically fraught questions about the Green Climate Fund’s institutional design, operational policies and governance arrangements need to be resolved. Existing international aid mechanisms (eg Global Environment Facility, Ozone Fund) provide important lessons, and there is much to be learnt from early experiences amongst the front runners, but how will we learn about the arrangements that work best and can good practice be transferred from setting to setting?

This project will investigate the extent to which processes of policy learning and institutional diffusion are at work in this emerging area. It will evaluate the drivers (e.g. functional logics; path dependency; power asymmetries), as well as barriers that shape such international learning and diffusion processes. The project requires a candidate with a solid grounding in international relations, political science or other related social sciences. Experience with qualitative research methods will be of benefit. For further details, click here. Deadline: 10 March 2013



Summer Workshop: “Contemplative Environmental Studies: Pedagogy for Self and Planet,” July 28-August 3, 2013


How can higher education best address global environmental challenges? How can we face the sober realities and still inspire engagement in our students and ourselves?   This workshop explores the role of contemplative practices in environmental pedagogy.  It provides a chance for scholars from various disciplines to share their experiences in wrestling with and teaching environmental problems, and to see how practices such as art, yoga, meditation, and nature walks can deepen our pedagogical experience.

Part workshop and part retreat, this 6-day summer institute in the mountains of New Mexico provides an opportunity to live close to the land, and nurture inner resources for our environmental efforts.  For more information visit: