The ESS Reception 2018

The ESS reception of the ISA 2018 in San Fransisco was a great success this year as well, as we welcomed old and new members, students, sponsors and senior scentists to this informal gathering where awards were given, food and drinks were consumed while people network. Here are some photos from todays event – follow us on Twitter for more updates.

Winner of the 2018 Sprout award is

The green state in AfricaCarl Death, Green State in Africa. Yale University Press, 2016.

Beautifully written, Carl Death’s book Green State in Africa is theoretically rich and empirically

Sprout leader Fengshi Wo presenting 2o18 winner of the Sprout Award
Sprout leader Fengshi Wo presenting 2o18 winner of the Sprout Award

engaging. Based on decades’ or fieldwork in Africa, the book examines questions about states in Africa, the African unity, environmental awareness and governance in Africa, and the power of international environmental agencies in Africa. At the heart of this study, Death shows that “the most vulnerable in society are able to exercise agency,” and “there are sites of resistance everywhere.” The Sprout Committee considers the book “an instant classic.”

Winter 2018 Newsletter ESS of ISA

ESS Newsletter—Winter 2018

Environmental Studies Section of the International Studies Association Newsletter, March 2018


Editors: Richard Matthew, Evgenia Nizkorodov, Bemmy Maharramli, Maureen J. Purcell, Paroma Wagle, Kristen A. Goodrich, Sifat Reazi, and Connor Harron

University of California, Irvine


The next edition will be in June 2018. We follow a fall, winter, spring and summer schedule.

The ESS newsletter is based at the Center for Unconventional Security Affairs (CUSA) and the Blum Center at the University of California, Irvine ( and is co-edited by Richard Matthew et al.

Submissions to the ESS Newsletter due December 8th!

This is a reminder that the next ESS Newsletter will be released in mid-December. To appear in the Fall Newsletter, please submit announcements by December 8th to Genia Nizkorodov at

Possible submissions include:
• recent book publications by ESS members, in APA format- please include a brief abstract/synopsis
• recent article publications by ESS members, in APA format
• career resources such as fellowship, grants, job placement opportunities, teaching resources, and career development programs/workshops
• calls for paper submissions to journals and conferences
• upcoming events (conferences and workshops)
• prestigious awards received by ESS members


Nominate to the ESS Graduate Student Paper Award

  •  ess_Graduate_student_awardCurrently, nominations are being requested for papers that were presented at the 2017 ISA annual convention in Baltimore. Panel chairs and discussant and paper presenters please make nominations!
  • Graduate students may nominate their own papers as well.
  • Graduate student papers that have been co‐authored with professors are not eligible for nomination for the best graduate student paper.
  • Eligible papers must have been presented at the ISA conference in Baltimore, but not necessarily in a panel sponsored by the ESS.
  • Authors do not have to be ESS members – while, of course, we encourage authors to join our section.

UNAI-ISA meeting on Biodiversity in Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction

ISA members Dr. Rachel Tiller (SINTEF Ocean), Assistant Professor Elizabeth Nyman (Texas A&M at Galveston) and Professor Aslaug Asgeirsdottir (Bates College) were invited to participate at a UNAI-ISA Forum to discuss the ongoing process towards a new Treaty under UNCLOS, looking at Biodiversity in Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (BBNJ).

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