The Social Dimensions of Environmental Policy (SDEP) strategic initiative improves management of earth's environment through research on social and policy dimensions of sustainability. Programs under this new initiative integrate natural and social science research on society's responses to climate change and the role of democracy in making and implementing sustainable environmental policy.
The Social Dimensions of Environmental Policy (SDEP) strategic initiative aims to understand the social and political-economic forces shaping just and sustainable environmental policy.
SDEP Director: Jesse Ribot
Administrative Support: Marsha Dunlap
James Murombedzi, Visiting SDEP Scholar August 2013 - May 2014
Dr. James Murombedzi, from Zimbabwe, is the Coordinator of RFGI,
based at CODESRIA in
Dakar. Dr. Murombedzi has wide-ranging experience in natural resource
governance and has worked in various capacities and contexts across
sub-Saharan Africa. His academic and professional work has focused on
the political economy of rural development, environmental governance,
and the development of strong and independent civil societies. His
research focus has been on the micro-political dynamics of natural
resource governance. Dr. Murombedzi is researching the impacts of the
global political economy on relationships between the state and
sub-national institutions in forest governance in Africa. He will split
his time between the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and
CODESRIA during this year.
Papa Faye, Visiting SDEP Doctoral Student August 2013 - May 2014
Papa Faye has been working with Jesse Ribot and the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa
(CODESRIA) since 2004. In 2007, he graduated with a PhD in Rural
Sociology from Cheikh Anta Diop University in Dakar. Upon his graduation, he lectured and continued research on forest governance including local democracy, pluralism, and constitutionality. In 2011, he obtained a full scholarship from the Centre for Development and Environment in Bern and enrolled in the PhD program in Social Anthropology at the University of Bern.
Yuxin Yang, Visiting SDEP Doctoral Student August 2013 - May 2014
Yuan Hiahong is a PhD student from the Institute of Geographical Sciences and Natural Resources Research at the Chinese Academy of Sciences. His main research interests have
been the links between social vulnerability and physical vulnerability in urban contexts with a particular emphasis on the impact of disastrous events. While spending the 2013-2014 academic year with SDEP as a visiting scholar, Yuan will be advised by SDEP Director Jesse Ribot and will continue researching urban vulnerability.
April Colette, Beckman Graduate Fellow August 2013 - May 2014
April Colette is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Geography and Geographic Information Science. She is conducting research on vulnerability in the face of flooding in the city of Santa Fe, Argentina. Her research examines how people understand climate-related vulnerability and risk, the factors that influence their understandings, and how their understandings influence the context in which citizens and the state respond to risk.
Diana Liverman, Professor of Geography and Development, University of Arizona: "New narratives of environment and development: imagining and governing carbon offsets and climate adaptation" (Sep 23, 2011)
Paul Robbins, Professor of Geography and Development, University of Arizona: "Producing Wildlife: Informal Management and Undemocratic Sustainability in India's Conservation Lands" (Nov 12, 2010)
Leo Zulu, Assistant Professor of Geography, Michigan State University: "Arrested Democracy: Decentralized Environmental Governance, Sustainable Livelihoods and Environmental Policy in Africa -- the Case of Malawi" (Oct 29, 2010)
SDEP Lecture Series
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