The Harold and Margaret Sprout Award

The Harold and Margaret Sprout Award was established in 1972 and named in honor of two pioneers in the study of international environmental problems. The award is given annually 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 the two years prior to the year they are nominated for. Books with a copyright date of the award year are welcome provided that they are released by the previous year’s end. Each publisher may nominate more than one book, and books nominated for the prior 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 by the beginning of the award year in time for presentation of the award at the annual meeting of the ISA in February or March. Therefore, we need to receive notice of nominations and receive copies of nominated books by 1 August.

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 on the “officers” page of this site:


Rob Nixon, Department of English, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of the Poor
Harvard University Press

Matthew J. Hoffmann, Department of Political Science, University of Toronto
Climate Governance at the Crossroads: Experimenting with a Global Response after Kyoto . Oxford University Press


Daniel Bodansky, Arizona State University
The Art and Craft of International Environmental Law
Harvard University Press
Henrik Selin: Global Governance of Hazardous Chemicals – Challenges of Multilevel Management. MIT Press
Peter Newell and Matthew Paterson: Climate Capitalism: Global Warming and the Transformation of the Global Economy. Cambridge University Press


D.G Webster, University of Southern California
Adaptive Governance: The Dynamics of Atlantic Fisheries Management
MIT Press


Steve Vanderheiden, University of Colorado
Atmospheric Justice: A Political Theory of Climate Change
Oxford University Press
Charlotte Epstein, University of Sydney: The Power of Words in International Relations: Birth of an Anti-Whaling Discourse. MIT Press
Matthew Paterson, University of Ottawa: Automobile Politics: Ecology and Cultural Political Economy. Cambridge University Press


David Humphreys, The Open University
Logjam: Deforestation and the Crisis of Global Governance
Andrew Szasz, University of California, Santa Cruz: Shopping our Way to Safety: How we Changed from Protecting the Environment to Protecting Ourselves. University of Minnesota Press


Thomas Princen, University of Michigan
The logic of Sufficiency
MIT Press


Ken Conca, University of Maryland
Governing Water: Contentious Transnational Politics and Global Institution Building
MIT Press


Benjamin Cashore, Graeme Auld, and Deanna Newsom, Yale University
Governing Through Markets – Forest Certification and the Emergence of Non-State Authority
Yale University Press
Sanjeev Khagram, University of Washington: Dams and Development. Cornell University Press
Robyn Eckersley: The Green State. MIT Press


Edward A. Parson, University of Michigan
Protecting the Ozone Layer
Oxford University Press
Honorable Mention:
Miranda A. Schreurs, University of Maryland: Environmental Politics in Japan, Germany and the United States. Cambridge University Press


Thomas Princen, Michael Maniates and Ken Conca, eds.
Confronting Consumption
The MIT Press


Paul F. Steinberg, Duke University
Environmental Leadership in Developing Countries: Transnational Relations and Biodiversity Policy in Costa Rica and Bolivia.
The MIT Press
Runner Up: Steven Bernstein, The Compromise of Liberal Environmentalism., Columbia


Roni Garcia-Johnson, Duke University
Exporting Environmentalism: U.S. Multinational Chemical Corporations in Brazil and Mexico
The MIT Press
Runner Up: Kate O’Neill, University of California, Berkeley
Waste Trading Among Rich Nations, The MIT Press


Yok-shiu F. Lee and Alvin Y. So
Asia’s Environmental Movements: Comparative Perspectives
M.E. Sharp


Nicholas Low and Brendan Gleeson
Justice, Society, and Nature: An Exploration of Political Ecology
Karen Litfin, ed., The Greening of Sovereignty in World Politics, The MIT Press.
Edith Brown Weiss and Harold K. Jacobson, eds., Engaging countries: strengthening compliance with international environmental accords, The MIT Press.


Peter Dauvergne, Australia National University
Shadows in the Forest: Japan and the Politics of Timber in Southeast Asia
The MIT Press


Paul Kevin Wapner, American University
Environmental Activism and World Civic Politics
State University of New York Press


Marian A. L. Miller, University of Akron
The Third World in Global Environmental Politics
Lynne Rienner Publishers


Ronald B. Mitchell, University of Oregon
Intentional Oil Pollution at Sea: Environmental Policy and Treaty Compliance
The MIT Press


Oran R. Young and Gail Osherenko, Dartmouth College
Polar Politics: Creating International Environmental Regimes
Cornell University Press
Jon M. Van Dyke, Durwood Zaelke, and Grant Hewison, eds.
Freedom for the Seas in the 21st Century: Ocean Governance and Environmental Harmony
Island Press


William R. Cline, Institute for International Economics
The Economics of Global Warming
Institute for International Economics


Elinor Ostrom, Indiana University
Governing the Commons: The Evolution of Institutions for Collective Action
Cambridge University Press


World Resources Institute and International Institute for Environment and Development
World Resources 1990-91: A Guide to the Global Environment
Oxford Press


H. Jeffrey Leonard, Duke University
Pollution and the Struggle for the World Product: Multinational Corporations, Environment, and International Comparative Advantage
Cambridge University Press


Barbara Jancar-Webster, SUNY-Brockport
Environmental Management in the Soviet Union and Yugoslavia: Structure and Regulation in Federal Communist States
Duke University Press


James K. Sebenius, Harvard Univeristy
Negotiating the Law of the Sea: Lessons in the Art and Science of Reaching Agreement
Harvard University Press


Lynton Caldwell, Indiana University
International Environmental Policy: Emergence and Dimensions
Duke University Press


R. Michael McGonigle and Mark Zacher, University of British Columbia
Pollution, Politics, and International Law: Tankers at Sea
University of California Press

Kenneth Dahlberg
Beyond the Green Revolution
Plenum Press


Amory Lovins
Energy Strategy: The Road Not Taken
Article in Foreign Affairs