Newsletter November 2007

Environmental Studies Section of the International Studies Association, Newsletter, November 2007

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

The ESS Newsletter can also be found at: The next edition will be January 2008. We tend to follow a Winter, Spring and Fall 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 Bryan McDonald. Please send publication information, announcements, calls for papers, job announcements, job and address changes, email information, queries, etc. for inclusion in the next newsletter to cusa [AT]

The editors wish to recognize former Editor David Downie and Associate Editors Liron Kranzler, Jessica Green, and Heather Raven for their work on previous editions of the ESS Newsletter.

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Call for Nominations: Environmental Studies Section Officer Positions

The Nominations Committee (Michele Betsill, Ken Conca, Ronnie Lispschutz, and Dimitris Stevis) invites you to send us your nominations for the following officer positions of the Environmental Studies Section. Self-nominations are welcome, as, of course, are nominations of others (but please confirm that they are willing to stand for election). Please send nominations to Ken Conca at as soon as possible but no later than 31 January 2008.

Vice-Chair: (1 person, 2-year term) One slot open (replacing Miranda Schreurs).

Executive Committee (6 members, rolling 2-year terms) Three slots open (replacing Liliana Andanova, Henrik Selin, and Stacy Vandeveer). Continuing members are Karin Bäckstrand, Pamela Chasek, and Maria Ivanova.

Nominations Committee (4 members, rolling 2-year terms) Two slots open (replacing Michele Betsill and Ken Conca). Continuing members are Ronnie Lipschutz and Dimitris Stevis.

Harold & Margaret Sprout Award Committee (5 members, rolling 2-year terms) Two slots open (replacing Pamela Doughman and Matthias Finger). Continuing members are Allison Chatrchyan, Paul Harris, and Patricia Keilbach.


Chair: Beth DeSombre (2009)

Representative to the Global Environmental Politics editorial board: Tamar Gutner (2009)

Newsletter Editors: Richard Matthew and Bryan McDonald (indefinite term)

Webmaster: Marcus Shaper (indefinite term)

Current ESS Officers (Dates indicate when term expires)

Contact information is available at:

Chair: Beth DeSombre (2009).

Vice-Chair: Miranda Schreurs (2008).

Executive Committee: Liliana B. Andanova (2008), Henrik Selin (2008), Stacy VanDeveer (2008), Karin Bäckstrand (2009), Pamela Chasek (2009), Maria Ivanova (2009).

Nominations Committee: Michele Betsill (2008), Ken Conca (2008), Ronnie Lipschutz (2009), Dimitris Stevis (2009).

Sprout Committee: Pamela Doughman (2008), Matthias Finger (2008), Allison Chatrchyan (2009), Paul Harris (2009), Patricia Keilbach (2009).

Section Representative to Global Environmental Politics Board: Tamar Gutner (2009).

International Human Dimensions Program on Global Environmental Change (IHDP): Oran Young.

Newsletter editor: Richard Matthew (indefinite term).

Webmaster: Marcus Schaper (indefinite term).

ISA Conferences (

International Studies Association, 2008 Annual Convention, March 26-29, 2008, San Francisco.
International Studies Association, 2009 Annual Convention, February 15-18, 2009, New York.
International Studies Association, 2010 Annual Convention, February 17-20, 2010, New Orleans.

ISA Award Nominations Requested

ISA offers several awards given to recognize outstanding scholarly contributions to the field of international studies. These awards have different committees, nominating procedures and application deadlines, and they recognize papers, books, achievement and service to the international studies community. For more information on these awards, please see

2.1. BOOKS

Global Environmental Politics reviews many books relevant to ESS as well as written by ESS members. The newsletter will not necessarily list all books reviewed in GEP.

Walter F. Baber, and Robert V. Bartlett. Deliberative Environmental Politics: Democracy and Ecological Rationality, Cambridge, MA, and London: MIT Press, 2005.

Michele M. Betsill and Elisabeth Corell, eds. NGO Diplomacy: The Influence of Non-governmental Organizations in International Environmental Negotiations. Cambridge: The MIT Press, 2008.

JoAnn Carmin and Stacy D. VanDeveer, eds. EU Enlargement and the Environment: Institutional Change and Environmental Policy in Central and Eastern Europe. London, UK: Routledge Press, 2005.

Jennifer Clapp, and Peter Dauvergne. Paths to a Green World: The Political Economy of the Global Environment. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2005.

Ken Conca. Governing Water: Contentious Transnational Politics and Global Institution Building. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2006.

Andrew E. Dessler and Edward A. Parson. The Science and Politics of Global Climate Change: A Guide to the Debate. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2006.

Joseph F.C. DiMento and Pamela Doughman, eds. Climate Change: What It Means for Us, Our Children, and Our Grandchildren. The MIT Press, 2007.

Radoslav S. Dimitrov. Science & International Environmental Policy: Regimes and Nonregimes in Global Governance. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2006.

Andrew Dobson and Derek Bell, eds. Environmental Citizenship. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2006.

James David Fahn. A Land on Fire. The Environmental Consequences of the Southeast Asian Boom. Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 2003.

Robert Falkner. Business Power and Conflict in International Environmental Politics. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008.

Kevin P. Gallagher and Lyuba Zarsky. The Enclave Economy: Foreign Investment and Sustainable Development in Mexico’s Silicon Valley. MIT Press, 214 pages, September 2007: $21.00/£13.95 (PAPER)

Michael Goldman. Imperial Nature: The World Bank and Struggles for Social Justice in the Age of Globalization. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2005.

Paul G. Harris, ed. Europe and Global Climate Change: Politics, Foreign Policy, and Regional Cooperation. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2007.

Paul G. Harris and Patricia D. Siplon, eds. The Global Politics of AIDS. Boulder/London: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2007.

Hidefumi Imura, and Miranda A. Schreurs. Environmental Policy in Japan. Washington, D.C.: Edward Elgar and the World Bank, 2005.

Peter Jacques. Globalization and the World Ocean. Globalization and the Environment Series. Lanham, MD: Alta Mira Press, 2006.

Philipp H. Pattberg. Private Institutions and Global Governance: The New Politics of Environmental Sustainability. Edward Elgar, 2007.

Dennis Pirages, and Ken Cousins, eds. From Resource Scarcity to Ecological Security: Exploring New Limits to Growth. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2005.

Thomas Princen. The Logic of Sufficiency. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, , 2005.

Hakan Seckinelgin. The Environment and International Politics. International Fisheries, Heidegger and Social Method. Abingdon, UK, and New York, NY: Routledge, 2006.


Global Environmental Politics publishes many articles written by ESS members. See The newsletter will not list individual articles unless specifically requested by an ESS member.

Auer, Matthew R. (2007). “More Aid, Better Insitutions, or Both,” Sustainability Science, Vol. 2, No. 2: 189-197.

ECSP Releases 12th Annual Report on Environmental Security. While the world focuses on war, authors in the latest ECSP Report argue that we should not miss the quiet-yet often more lethal-conflicts for shrinking resources, which are increasingly depleted by population growth, environmental degradation, poverty, and over-consumption. Eight African leaders and scholars-including Nobel Peace Prize-winner Wangari Maathai-describe their continent’s struggle with resource conflict. Population and health are also linked to conflict and fragile states, say Report authors. But efforts to promote sustainability-and use natural resources as peacebuilding tools-could help turn deadly environments into safe, sustainable neighborhoods.

Paul G. Harris. “Collective Action on Climate Change: The Logic of Regime Failure.” Natural Resources Journal, vol. 47, no. 1 (Winter 2007): 195-224.

Paul G. Harris. “Hong Kong and Climate Change: A Question of Justice.” Hong Kong Journal, vol. 2, no. 2 (April 2007):

Karlsson, S. I. 2007. Allocating Responsibilities in Multi-level Governance for Sustainable Development. International Journal of Social Economics 34 (1/2): 103-126.

Jäger J.,Kok M.T.J., (Coordinating Lead Authors); Chenje M. Dabelko G. D., de Soysa I., Filcak R., Karlsson S.I., Koshy L., Long Martello M., Lüdeke M.K.B., Mathur V., Mohamed-Katerere J.C.; Ana Rosa Moreno; Narain V., Sietz D., Thomalla.F. (Lead Authors). 2007 (forthcoming). Chapter 7: Vulnerability of People and the Environment: Challenges and Opportunities. In UNEP: Global Environment Outlook 4 (GEO-4) : Environment for Development, United Nations Environment Programme.
Marine Ecosystems And Management [MEAM] is now available. This quarterly newsletter is intended to track development and implementation of marine ecosystem based management to help managers and policy makers stay abreast of the field. MEAM is a companion to the monthly newsletter MPA News [Marine Protected Area News] now in its 9th year of publications. MEAM is available at:

Ragnhild Nordås & Nils Petter Gleditsch, Center for the Study of Civil War, PRIO (guest editors), “Climate Change and Conflict,” a special issue of Political Geography (Vol. 26, no. 6, August 2007). The issue includes: Ragnhild Nordås & Nils Petter Gleditsch, “Climate Change and Conflict;” Jon Barnett & Neil Adger, “Climate Change, Human Security and Violent Conflict;” Rafael Reuveny, “Climate Change-Induced Migration and Violent Conflict;” Clionadh Raleigh & Henrik Urdal, “Climate Change, Environmental Degradation and Armed Conflict;” Cullen S. Hendrix & Sarah M. Glaser, “Trends and Triggers: Climate, Climate Change and Civil Conflict in Sub-Saharan Africa;” and Patrick Meier, Doug Bond & Joe Bond, “Environmental Influences on Pastoral Conflict in the Horn of Africa.”

Water Stories: Expanding Opportunities in Small-Scale Water and Sanitation Projects. The poor performance of many large-scale water and sanitation projects has caused the international community to focus increasingly on small-scale and community-based projects. There remains, however, an urgent need for more research and information on these methods. Water Stories: Expanding Opportunities in Small-Scale Water and Sanitation Projects, a report by the Wilson Center’s Navigating Peace Initiative, examines alternatives to large-scale infrastructure projects in the water and sanitation sectors. Funded by a grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the study explores how lessons learned from small-scale projects can be effectively communicated and replicated worldwide.



Demography and Security. ECSP has established the Demography & Security Listserv as a forum for sharing news, ideas, debates, research, and policy developments on demography and security. To join, send the message “subscribe demosecurity” (without quotes) to

The Human Security Unit at the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs is pleased to announce the launch of its new website, which serves as a platform for the United Nations Trust Fund for Human Security (UNTFHS), the Advisory Board on Human Security (ABHS) and for the work of the Unit as focal point on human security within the UN system. The site has been entirely redesigned in order to enhance the user’s experience, and includes new and upgraded features including a photo gallery, sitemap, as well as a worldwide overview of UNTFHS projects. The address for the site remains the same:

From the MEES (Marine Estuarine Environmental Studies) program at U Maryland
• “NLE Yellow Pages” is a metasite where you can find condensed funding information from Non-profits that support and have reserved grants for environmental research,
• “Professional Resources” link has an “Environmental Awards” link that also has monetary prizes in support of career development AND research development,
• “Environmental Education Resources” is the link for teachers, community outreach, and personal lab development grants (i.e., covers the needs and/or that supports individuals other than the primary PI if its not a traditional instructional setting)
• Another helpful link is:

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.


Call for Papers: Mega-Events and Civil Societies, a two-day international conference held at Queen Mary (University of London), UK, Thursday 26 – Friday 27 June 2008. Keynote speakers so far confirmed: John Horne, University of Edinburgh, UK; Arthur Mol, Wageningen University, Netherlands. Please submit abstracts of up to 300 words to either Graeme Hayes ( or John Karamichas ( by Monday 17 December 2007. Expressions of interest are welcomed, as are proposals for panels (normally, of three papers). More information:

Call for Papers: Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting – Boston April 15-19, 2008
We are looking for one more paper to round out a session on: LAY SCIENCE AND PUBLIC PARTICIPATION IN ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY. Paper Session Abstract: Researchers and activists have argued that data collected by ‘lay scientists’ – individuals neither formally trained in environmental sciences nor employed as ‘experts’ – can play an important role in the identification, recognition, regulation, and amelioration of environmental problems. Such work can be particularly valuable in the current era, as neoliberal reforms increasingly limit regulatory agencies’ funding for such work. Moreover, as regulatory agencies at state and federal levels are charged with implementing environmental justice principles into their regulatory practice, deeper understandings of ‘lay science’ projects may help regulatory agencies more meaningfully attend, in particular, to the task of improving public participation in regulatory process. All interested participants should contact Jill Harrison ( and/or Roopali Phadke ( as soon as possible.

Global EcoLomics is a new Geneva-based NGO specialized in trade and environment affairs: It is the formalized academically-inclined sister NGO of EcoLomics International, an informal Web-based umbrella organization: On November 3rd, 2007, Global EcoLomics held its first semi-annual board meeting in Geneva which focused primarily on revitalizing its publication: EcoLomic Policy and Law – Journal of Trade and Environment Studies:

EcoLomic Policy and Law has been published by EcoLomics International since its inception in early 2004 for the first three years and is presently behind schedule. Starting Volume 2007, it is published by Global Ecolomics. It was decided during this meeting, as part of the journal’s consolidation process, to postpone the originally planned Special Edition on Trade, the Environment and Technology: The cases of WTO/CTESS, Climate Change, and Waste & Chemicals to Volume 2008. This frees up some space for publications in volume 2007. We would particularly welcome original drafts for a Special Edition we now plan for Volume 2007 on exploratory, innovative analyses focusing on upcoming challenges in trade and environment. Original drafts in the wider framework of the previous publications would also be of interest. Please submit drafts (rough first drafts are acceptable in light of the short time line) by December 1st, 2007. The length of the articles is between ten and twenty pages incl. bibliography and annex, Arial 12 pt. single space. Please consult the section “Info for Authors” on the horizontal link bar of the EcoLomics Web site for further details.

5.1. JOBS

Arizona State. The School of Sustainability at Arizona State University builds upon the extensive research portfolio of the Global Institute of Sustainability . The School is educating a new generation of leaders through collaborative learning, transdisciplinary approaches, and problem-oriented training to address the environmental, economic, and social challenges of the 21st Century. The School currently has over 50 faculty members who are either full-time in the School or hold joint appointments with School of Sustainability and several other units on ASU campus. The School of Sustainability is one of two major initiatives on the ASU campus and has garnered substantial endowments and research funding for rapid growth toward preeminence. The School announces two new faculty positions at the assistant or associate professor position. Application deadline is December 1, 2007, or until position is filled. Applicants must send a letter of interest, current curriculum vita, statement of teaching philosophy, and the names, addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses of three references, to Katherine Spielmann, PhD, SOS Faculty Search, Arizona State University, PO Box 872511, Tempe, AZ 85287-2511 or to A background check is required for employment. AA/EOE

Brown University: Senior Search for Director of Center for Environmental Studies. Brown University seeks a distinguished scholar with broad interdisciplinary interests in environmental issues to be the Director of the Center for Environmental Studies (CES). The Director will be responsible for overseeing faculty and programs in the CES, building on the Center’s record of innovative interdisciplinary undergraduate and graduate education, actively promoting interaction between the CES and other environmental programs at Brown University, and enhancing the Center’s presence in the community. CES interests encompass the humanities, natural sciences, public health and social sciences. With Brown University’s investments in the Plan for Academic Enrichment the new CES Director will have unparalleled opportunities for building new initiatives based on the Center’s strong tradition of innovation. For more information about the CES and new environmental research initiatives at Brown visit To apply, please send a letter of interest, a current CV, and names of 5 references to: Search Committee, CES Director, Box 1943, Brown University, Providence, RI 02912-1943. For further inquiries, please contact Applications must be received by December 1, 2007 in order to receive full consideration. Brown University is an EEO/AA employer.

Davidson College . Thomson Chair in Environmental Studies, Distinguished Visiting Professor, Social Sciences or Humanities. As part of a newly-formed program in Environmental Studies, Davidson College seeks applications for the position of Distinguished Visiting Professor in Environmental Studies for one semester during 2008-2009 (fall or spring). The teaching load is two courses, one broadly-based for all students and one on a more specialized topic for advanced students; the maximum enrollment for each course is thirty students. A public lecture is also required. Preferred fields include Environmental History, Environmental Philosophy, Environmental Psychology, Demography, Geography, and interdisciplinary Environmental Studies. The ideal candidate will have a proven record of excellence either within or outside the academy. The salary is competitive and housing on campus is provided. Applicants should send a letter and c.v. to Professor Annie Merrill Ingram, Coordinator of Environmental Studies, Davidson College, Box 7056, Davidson NC 28035-7056. Interested candidates wanting additional information about the position may contact Professor Ingram at the address above or via e-mail: Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until February 1, 2008. Davidson College actively seeks to diversify its community and specifically encourages the candidacies of women and minorities for this position.

The Global Health Fellows Program is currently accepting applications for two-year population, health, and environment technical adviser fellowships in Nepal and Rwanda. Deadline: November 30, 2007.

Monterey Institute. Visiting Professor — International Environmental Policy, Monterey Institute. The Monterey Institute of International Studies is seeking a visiting professor in the International Environmental Policy (IEP) program in the Graduate School of International Policy Studies for spring 2008. The professor would be responsible for teaching courses in protected areas policy, natural resource management, and a third course in a related field. The courses would stress policy relevance, the international dimensions and challenges of conservation, and would approach the topics from a multi-disciplinary perspective. For more information, please contact Prof Jason Scorse

Northern Arizona University. Assistant Professor, Comparative Politics/Latin America. The Department of Political Science at Northern Arizona University invites applications for a full-time tenure-track assistant professor position in comparative politics. The position begins in August 2008. Minimum requirements include a Ph.D. in Political Science completed by August 1, 2008, and academic preparation and research interests in comparative politics and Latin America. Candidates must be able to teach courses in these areas at both undergraduate and graduate levels. The Department’s particular strengths and foci are in development, diversity politics, and environmental politics; preference will be given to candidates who can contribute to one or more of these areas. Preference will also be given to candidates with a demonstrated excellence in teaching and a commitment to working effectively within a diverse university community. In addition, we encourage applications from candidates who are willing to incorporate web-based delivery strategies in their teaching. To apply, please send a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, transcripts, three recent and original letters of reference, evidence and a sample of scholarship and publications, and evidence of teaching effectiveness (e.g., teaching evaluations and syllabi). The review of applications will begin on December 1, 2007 and will continue until the position is filled. Please send applications to Chair, Comparative Politics Search Committee, Northern Arizona University, Department of Political Science, P.O. Box 15036, Flagstaff, Arizona 86011-5036.


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The Heinz Center, Environmental Reporting Program, Research Associate. Closing date, October 1st 2006.

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IIASA Research Scholar Job Posting. The Program on Risk and Vulnerability (RAV) at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) conducts conceptual and applied analyses that not only contribute to decreasing the risk and vulnerability of societies and ecosystems but also promote their adaptation and resilience to stresses imposed or aggravated by global-change phenomena such as natural disaster risk and climate change. The RAV Program is looking to fill a position for a post-doctoral or advanced doctoral student researcher in the project ALICE, Agent’s Long-term decision-making In the Context of the Electricity supply sector. Closing date for applications: 16 November 2007.
Review of applications will begin immediately. More information on the ALICE project can be found at For information about this position, please contact Anthony Patt ( ).


The Compton Foundation is offering fellowships through the Population Reference Bureau for graduate students from sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America seeking to examine the links between population issues and environmental and/or human security issues in the developing world. Recipients must be committed to returning to their country or region of origin. Deadline: December 14, 2007.

Summer Fellowship in Austria for Graduate Students in Natural and Social Sciences, Math, Policy and Engineering. Each summer, the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), located in Schloss Laxenburg near Vienna, Austria, hosts a selected group of graduate students, primarily doctoral, from around the world in its Young Scientists Summer Program (YSSP). These students work closely with IIASA’s senior scientists on projects within the Institute’s 3 theme areas. Funding is available to cover travel to IIASA and a modest living allowance. Detailed information about each program is on the IIASA Website:

University of Southampton, School of Social Sciences, Division of Politics and International Relations. In the context of growing concerns about climate change and the security of energy supplies, Politics and International Relations at Southampton is expanding its interests in the area of energy policy and security and the politics of energy supply. We have two posts available. The first is a prestigious RCUK Fellowship for outstanding early career researchers that carries a reduced teaching load. The Fellowship lasts for five years and will transform into a permanent Lectureship. Informal enquiries may be addressed to either Professor Graham Smith ( or Professor Andrew Mason ( The second position is a Research Fellowship allied to a specific research project on “A Sustainability Assessment of Nuclear Power: An Integrated Approach (SPRing)”. The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council are funding this three year project through a consortium made up of researchers from the University of Southampton, the University of Manchester, and City University. The Southampton contribution will focus on the domestic and international political aspects of sustainability. Informal inquiries can be addressed to either of the two Southampton based principal investigators, Professor John Simpson ( or Professor Gerry Stoker ( Visit our website at: Closing date for applications is 23 November 2007, please quote job reference 1612-07-L or 1613-07-L respectively.

The Udall Foundation is accepting applications for the 2008 Environmental Public Policy & Conflict Resolution Dissertation Fellowship. The Udall Foundation awards two one-year fellowships of up to $24,000 to doctoral candidates whose research concerns U.S. environmental public policy and/or environmental conflict resolution, and who are entering their final year of writing the dissertation. Dissertation Fellowships are intended to cover both academic and living expenses from July 1, 2008 through June 30, 2009. Please see the brochure for program details. Applications are
available at .

Spring and Summer internships with the Wilson Center’s Environmental Change and Security Program–Now Accepting Applications. ECSP offers internships for students with an interest in, coursework related to, and/or experience working on topics of environmental and human security.



On October 25, 2007 The Center for Unconventional Security Affairs at the University of California, Irvine convened a workshop on “Social Entrepreneurship, Sustainability and Security: Mitigating and Adapting to Climate Change.” This workshop examined the potential of social entrepreneurship to serve as a vehicle for helping vulnerable communities-that is communities already compromised by resource scarcity, failing governments, widespread and chronic poverty, and various health and education challenges-mitigate and adapt to climate change. Read more about this workshop in an entry on The Green Skeptic:

IHDP Strategic Plan 2007-2015 Released. We are happy to present the IHDP Strategic Plan 2007-2015. It has entered into force as a plan to guide for the work of IHDP’s second decade. The Strategic Plan inserts will be released periodically and will outline the most current activities of IHDP. The Strategic Plan can be downloaded from: Hard copies are available upon request from secretariat [AT]


10th International Wildlife Law Conference, which will take place on March 6-7, 2008 in Granada, Spain. If anyone has any questions, they can contact Wil Burns, the conference coordinator, at: The agenda for the conference and further details are available at:

GECHS and the Columbia University Center for Hazards and Risk Research (CHRR) are co-sponsoring a cyberseminar on Population and Natural Hazards. This will be the Population-Environment Research Network’s (PERN) 13th cyberseminar, and it runs from November 6th – November 19th. A number of issues that are important to GECHS will be addressed during this seminar, and the background paper on “Vulnerability to Natural Hazards in Population-Environment Studies” by Daniel Hogan and Eduardo Marandola is likely to be of interest to many of you. Alex de Sherbinin (the PERN coordinator) and I encourage you to participate in this seminar! You can subscribe by visiting:, or by sending an email to

“Social Challenges of Global Change” – The Open Meeting 2008 IHDP’s 7 th International Science Conference on the Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change. New Delhi, India, October 15– 19 2008. Co-organizer: TERI (The Energy and Resources Institute). Call for Contributions opened on August 31st, 2007. For more information, visit or contact Lis Mullin, at mullin [AT]