Andrew Schiffrin

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Andrew
Last Name
Schiffrin
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Adjunct Professor

Andy Schiffrin has been teaching the International Environmental Assessment class at the Monterey Institute since 2007. He has also taught an environmental assessment class at the University of California, Santa Cruz for 15 years and works as an administrative analyst for one of the Santa Cruz County Supervisors.

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Expertise

Land use and environmental planning, environmental assessment and environmental policy, 

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Additional Areas of Focus

Governmental structure and processes

Education

Master in City Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; B.A., Sociology - U.C. Los Angeles

Publications


“Benefits of Redevelopment,” Environmental Council Newsletter. March, 1997

"Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk:  Survival of the Funnest," California Waterfront Age.  Vol. 2, No. 2, Spring 1986

"The Story of Measure J - Santa Cruz County's Growth Management Program," Regional Exchange, February 1984

The Effects of the Federal Air Quality Program on Certain Local Land Use Planning Decisions - A Case Study of Santa Cruz, California (Masters Thesis), 1979

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Adjunct Faculty

Geoffrey Dabelko

First Name
Geoffrey
Last Name
Dabelko
Geoffrey Dabelko, Adjunct Professor, International Environmental Policy, IEP, Image
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Adjunct Professor
Phone
202.691.4178

Geoffrey D. Dabelko is director of the Environmental Change and Security Program (ECSP), a nonpartisan policy forum on environment, population, health, and security issues founded in 1994 at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC.

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Expertise

International environmental politics; international security; global health; development

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IEPG 8576 - Peacemaking & the Environment      

"Humanity has squandered opportunities to manage environmental problems in ways that build trust and peace between parties in conflict. Environmental security has been recognized to have a complementary off-shoot, environmental peacemaking, a diverse set of arguments about the connections among the environment, conflict, and state and human security. Conflict sensitive environmental management can help overcome political tensions by promoting interaction, confidence building, and technical cooperation for mutual benefit; fostering collaborating in place of competition.

This course will focus on environmental peacemaking opportunities as a tool for international diplomacy, cross border conservation and conflict sensitive, community driven sustainable development capitalizing on the dynamics of environmental interdependence.

Using the framework of Transboundary Peace & Conflict Impact Assessments (PCIA) we will discuss environmental pathways to peace at different stages of conflict as: 1) conflict prevention; 2) a lifeline during conflict; 3) part of the solution to end conflict; and 4) a foundation for a long term framework for regional stability and cooperation.

Looking through the PCIA lens at cases drawn from a variety of geographic regions and political, economic and social contexts, we will analyze the strengths and weaknesses of these approaches along the conflict continuum; and work to develop new strategies to apply Environmental Peacebuilding to some of the world's conflict hotspots."

Spring 2013 - MIIS

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IPOL 8576 - Peacemaking & the Environment      

“Environment” and “Peace” are not separate issues: sustainable development is critical to achieving security, and peace is required for effective development. However, we have often failed to leverage opportunities to manage environmental problems in ways that build trust and peace between parties in conflict. Environmental management can help overcome political tensions by promoting interaction, confidence building, and technical cooperation. Environmental peacemaking is an off-shoot of environmental security, a diverse set of arguments about connections among the environment, conflict, and state and human security. This course will focus on environmental peacemaking opportunities to build confidence between and within nations by capitalizing on the dynamics of environmental interdependence. We will discuss environmental pathways to peace at different stages of conflict: 1) environmental peacemaking as conflict prevention; 2) environmental peacemaking as lifeline during conflict; 3) environmental peacemaking as helping end conflict; and 4) environmental peacemaking as making peace sustainable. With a special emphasis on cases drawn from a variety of geographic settings, we will analyze the strengths and weaknesses of these approaches all along the conflict continuum and among different types of environmental issues.

Spring 2011 - MIIS, Spring 2012 - MIIS

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Education

M.A. and Ph.D., Government and Politics, University of Maryland; A.B., Political Science, Duke University

Selected Publications

  • Ken Conca and Geoffrey D. Dabelko, Eds. Forthcoming 2010. Green Planet Blues: Four Decades of Global Environmental Politics. (Boulder, CO: Westview).
  • Geoffrey D. Dabelko. 2009. “Avoid Hyperbole, Oversimplificiation when Climate and Security Meet” Bulletin of Atomic Scientists (August 24).
  • Geoffrey D. Dabelko. 2009. “Planning for Climate Change: The Security Community’s Precautionary PrincipleClimatic Change Vol 96 (1): 13.
  • Kent Hughes Butts and Geoffrey D. Dabelko. 2009. “One Way to Boost US-China Military CooperationChristian Science Monitor (April 21).
  • Geoffrey D. Dabelko. 2008. "An Uncommon Peace: Environment, Development, and the Global Security Agenda." Environment Vol. 50 (3): 32-45.
  • Karin Bencala and Geoffrey D. Dabelko. 2008. "Water Wars: Obscuring Opportunities." Journal of International Affairs Vol. 61 (2): 21-33.
  • Coleen Vogel, Susanne C. Moser, Roger E. Kasperson, and Geoffrey D. Dabelko. 2007. "Linking Vulnerability, Adaptation and Resilience Science to Practice: Players, Pathways and Partnerships." Global Environmental Change (17): 349–364.
  • Geoffrey D. Dabelko. 2005. “Speaking their Language: How to Communicate Better with Policymakers and Opinion Shapers – and Why Academics Should Bother in the First Place” International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law, and Economics 5:4 (December): 381-386.
  • Aaron T. Wolf, Annika Kramer, Alexander Carius and Geoffrey D. Dabelko "Managing Water Conflict and Cooperation", State of the World 2005: Redefining Global Security (Norton, 2005): 80-95.
  • Ken Conca, Alexander Carius, and Geoffrey D. Dabelko. 2005. "Building Peace Through Environmental Cooperation," with Ken Conca and Alexander Carius, State of the World 2005: Redefining Global Security (Norton): 144-155.
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    Jeff Langholz

    First Name
    Jeff
    Last Name
    Langholz
    Jeff Langholz, Professor, International Environmental Policy, IEP, Image
    Job Title
    Professor
    Location
    214 McCone
    Phone
    831.647.6418
    Language(s)
    Español

    I am passionate about: research and teaching that makes a difference and focuses on the "real world" rather than the "ivory tower"

    What excites me about being a professor at MIIS: Our students and faculty are on fire! People here want to build a better world, and have the skills and knowledge to make it happen.

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    CLPG 8600 - Conservation Leadershp Pract      

    The Monterey Institute Conservation Leadership Practicum's mission is to provide conservation projects world-wide with students and professionals trained in relevant and practical skills for successful environmental project management and leadership. The two weeks are divided into ten key skill areas taught by Monterey Institute professor Jeffrey Langholz and leading local and global conservation practitioners. CLP trainers are qualified professionals in the field from such organizations as Foundations of Success, Pact, Elkhorn Slough Foundation, Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary and Big Sur Land Trust. The first week of the training will cover leadership in project design. The course will cover the Conservation Project Cycle, comprehensive site assessment tools, management plans, and project monitoring and evaluation. The second week of the training will cover how to build project teams, financial management for conservation leaders, leadership ethics, conflict resolution, and effective outreach and media relations. Assignments will include a team conceptual model presentation, team management plan, budgeting exercise, media deliverable, self-assessment, and class participation. Students may elect to complete an additional 2-unit directed study course that expands on a project started during the CLP training under the supervision and guidance of Prof. Langholz.

    Spring 2011 - MIIS

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    CLPG 8698 - DirStudy:ConsLeadershipApps      

    The Conservation Leadership Practicum (CLP) provides professional training that combines readings and hands-on applications, classroom instruction and site visits, and a post-seminar reflection paper. The two-module CLP training occurs over two intensive weeks. An eclectic collection of practitioners teach the modules, bringing a unique mix of insights and experience into the classroom. The practicum concludes with a post-CLP reflection period and the submission of a short written assignment. Participants who successfully complete the practicum will receive a Certificate of Completion from the Monterey Institute. CLP 8698A requires the completion of two 10 page deliverables related to the content and tools provided during CLP. Deliverables are confirmed through a proposal process with the course instructor.

    Spring 2011 - MIIS

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    IEPG 8503 - Resrch Strategies for Env Pol      

    Environmental policy-making requires high quality research at every stage of the process. This course introduces students to the design and implementation of research, with an emphasis on applied research into contemporary environmental policy problems.

    Fall 2013 - MIIS

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    IEPG 8530 - Biodiversity Policy&Management      

    Spring 2014 - MIIS

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    IEPG 8591 - Applied Conservation Science      

    This course is about saving life on earth. It provides the scientific foundation required to formulate sound environmental policies capable of addressing human population growth, habitat destruction, resource overexploitation, and other anthropogenic factors that continue to undermine the earth’s ecological systems. The course focuses on scientific underpinnings of conserving the world’s remaining biological diversity (aka “biodiversity”). It draws from biology, ecology, and other natural sciences to deliver the broad scientific training that future policymakers need. As a short survey course, the goal is not to transform you into a biologist or an ecologist, but rather to equip you with the basic knowledge you need to understand how the natural world works, speak the language with confidence, and use science to develop sound environmental policy.

    Spring 2014 - MIIS

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    IEPG 8616 - Environmntal Conflict Mgmt      

    Environmental conflicts continue to rise in frequency and intensity across much of the world as populations grow and natural resources dwindle. The growing number of "resource wars" has convinced scholars and government leaders alike that environmental factors are critical to international security. Despite increased attention to the role that natural resources play in conflicts, a crippling information gap persists. Scholars know surprisingly little about the conditions under which fisheries, forests, wildlife, water, and other resources lead to (or exacerbate) conflict, let alone the best ways to prevent or resolve such conflicts. Growing demand exists for professionals who can analyze root causes of these conflicts and apply tools for resolving them. This course helps fill that demand. Using lectures, case studies, role plays, and simulations, it trains students in techniques for analyzing and resolving natural resource disputes worldwide.

    Fall 2013 - MIIS, Fall 2014 - MIIS

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    IEPG 8664 - Conservatn Prjct Design & Eval      

    A preponderance of scientific data show that fisheries, forests, freshwater, and other natural resources continue to decline across most of the world, and that conservation projects usually fail to accomplish their goals. This course addresses both of these complex problems. It delivers state of the art techniques for designing conservation projects that have the strongest possible chance of success, and evaluating the extent of that success. Examples include: knowing the conservation project cycle, assessing site conditions, developing management plans, and creating monitoring and evaluation plans. This "learn by doing" course emphasizes practice, especially through learning a conservation project management software program called Miradi. Although the course emphasizes site specific, in situ biodiversity conservation (i.e. protected natural areas), the skills and knowledge can apply to a wide range of environmental projects and programs.

    Fall 2013 - MIIS, Fall 2014 - MIIS

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    IPOL 8503 - Resrch Strategies for Env Pol      

    Environmental policy-making requires high quality research at every stage of the process. This course introduces students to the design and implementation of research, with an emphasis on applied research into contemporary environmental policy problems.

    Fall 2010 - MIIS, Fall 2011 - MIIS, Fall 2012 - MIIS

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    IPOL 8591 - Natural Sci Foundtns 4 Env Pol      

    This course is about saving life on earth. It provides the scientific foundation required to formulate sound environmental policies capable of addressing human population growth, habitat destruction, resource overexploitation, and other anthropogenic factors that continue to undermine the earth’s ecological systems. The course focuses on scientific underpinnings of conserving the world’s remaining biological diversity (aka “biodiversity”). It draws from biology, ecology, and other natural sciences to deliver the broad scientific training that future policymakers need. As a short survey course, the goal is not to transform you into a biologist or an ecologist, but rather to equip you with the basic knowledge you need to understand how the natural world works, speak the language with confidence, and use science to develop sound environmental policy.

    Fall 2010 - MIIS, Spring 2011 - MIIS, Fall 2011 - MIIS, Spring 2012 - MIIS

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    IPOL 8616 - Environmntal Conflict Mgmt      

    Environmental conflicts continue to rise in frequency and intensity across much of the world as populations grow and natural resources dwindle. The growing number of "resource wars" has convinced scholars and government leaders alike that environmental factors are critical to international security. Despite increased attention to the role that natural resources play in conflicts, a crippling information gap persists. Scholars know surprisingly little about the conditions under which fisheries, forests, wildlife, water, and other resources lead to (or exacerbate) conflict, let alone the best ways to prevent or resolve such conflicts. Growing demand exists for professionals who can analyze root causes of these conflicts and apply tools for resolving them. This course helps fill that demand. Using lectures, case studies, role plays, and simulations, it trains students in techniques for analyzing and resolving natural resource disputes worldwide.

    Fall 2010 - MIIS, Fall 2011 - MIIS, Fall 2012 - MIIS

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    IPOL 8645 - Protected Areas Policy      

    National parks and other protected areas form the cornerstone of global biodiversity policy. Despite tremendous popularity and importance, these bastions of biodiversity face conflicting mandates and escalating threats. This course examines protected area policies in an international context, emphasizing key policy issues that transcend national borders. We will analyze several case studies from Asia, Africa, Latin America, and North America, seeking to isolate factors of apparent success, failure, and institutional learning. Key questions include: How have protected area paradigms changed over time? Can parks be financially self‐sustaining? How can protected areas balance conservation with local economic development? What role can and should local and indigenous communities play in protected areas? What is an appropriate role for the private sector in establishing and operating parks? How can we evaluate the effectiveness of protected areas? To what extent can transboundary protected areas (aka “peace parks”) foster international peace, security, and conservation? The course includes field trips to local protected areas representing different management regimes and challenges. It also includes an overview of career opportunities with a wide variety of international conservation organizations such as The Nature Conservancy, Conservation International, World Wildlife Fund, The World Conservation Union (IUCN), the U.S. Agency for International Development, and The World Bank.

    Spring 2011 - MIIS, Fall 2012 - MIIS

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    IPOL 8664 - ConservationProjectDesign&Eval      

    Spring 2012 - MIIS

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    WKSH 8541 - Conservation Mgmt & Leadership      

    Spring 2012 - MIIS

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    Expertise

    Biodiversity conservation, environmental conflict management, international environmental policy, protected natural areas, research methods, project design, program evaluation, social entrepreneurship, adaptive management, conservation leadership, sustainable development

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    Education

    PhD, Natural Resource Policy and Management, Cornell University; BA, History, Dana College; MS, Sustainable Development and Conservation Biology University of Maryland

    Selected Publications

    Langholz, J. (forthcoming in 2014). Private Protected Areas: A Global Movement for Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Development. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

    Langholz, J. and A. Abeles. 2014. Rethinking postgraduate education for marine conservation. Marine Policy 43(1):372–375.

    Langholz, J., Sand, K., Raak, L., Berner, A., Anderson, H., Geels, B., McKeehan, A., and A. Nelsen. 2013. Strategies and tactics for managing environmental conflicts: Insights from Goldman Environmental Prize recipients. Journal of Natural Resources Policy Research, 5(1): 1-17.

    Langholz, J. and M. Jay-Russell. 2013. The potential role of wildlife in pathogenic contamination of fresh produce. Human-Wildlife Interactions 7(1):140–157.

    Gennet S., Howard J., Langholz J., Andrews K., Reynolds M., and S. Morrison. 2013. Farm practices for food safety: An emerging threat to floodplain and riparian ecosystems. Frontiers in Ecology & Environment; doi:10.1890/120243.

    Langholz, J. and F. DePaolis. 2013. Economic Contributions of Santa Cruz County Agriculture. Office of the Agricultural Commissioner, Santa Cruzy County, CA.

    Langholz, J. and F. DePaolis. 2013. Economic Contributions of San Luis Obispo County Agriculture. Office of the Agricultural Commissioner, San Luis Obispo County, CA.

    Langholz, J. and F. DePaolis. 2012. Economic Contributions of Monterey County Agriculture. Office of the Agricultural Commissioner, Monterey County, CA.

    Langholz, J. 2010. Global Trends in Private Protected Areas and Their Implications for the Northern Great Plains. Great Plains Research 20(1): 9-16.

    Lowell, K., Langholz, J. and D. Stuart. 2010. Safe and Sustainable: Co-Managing for Food Safety and Ecological Health in California’s Central Coast Region. Georgetown University and The Nature Conservancy. 131 pp.

    Langholz, J. 2009. Saving Species, Privately. World Watch Magazine 22(5):7-11.

    Langholz, J. and K.Turner. 2008. You Can Prevent Global Warming (and Save Money!): 51 Easy Ways (2nd Edition). Kansas City: Andrews McMeel Publishing.

    Sims-Castley, R., G.Kerley, B.Geach, and J.Langholz. 2006.  Socio-economic significance of ecotourism-based private game reserves in South Africa’s Eastern Cape Province. PARKS 15:2, 6-15.

    Langholz, J. and Krug, W.  2004.  New Forms of Biodiversity Governance: Non-State Actors and the Private Protected Area Action Plan.  Journal of International Wildlife Law & Policy 7:9-29.

    Langholz, J. 2004.  Forest Recreation on Private Lands. In:  Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems.  New York: United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

    Langholz, J. 2004.  Lessons from Global Climate Change: A Proposed Kyoto Protocol for the World’s Oceans.  Pages 43-58, In:  S. Uno, T. Katsumura, and H. Imaoka (editors), Development of Marine Resources and Ocean Governance: The Environment of Coastal Regions along the Sea of Japan. Hamada, Japan: University of Shimane Press.

    Langholz, J. and K.Turner. 2003. You Can Prevent Global Warming (and Save Money!): 51 Easy Ways. Kansas City: Andrews McMeel Publishing.

    Langholz, J. 2003.  Privatizing Conservation.  Pages 117-135, In: S. Brechin, P. Wilshusen,  P. West, and C. Fortwangler (editors), Contested Nature: Promoting International Biodiversity with Social Justice in the 21st Century.  New York: State University of New York Press.

    Langholz, J. 2002. Privately Owned Parks. Pages 172-188,  In: J. Terborgh, C. van Schaik, L. Davenport, and M. Rao (editors), Making Parks Work: Strategies for Preserving Tropical Forests.  Covelo, CA: Island Press.

    Langholz, J.  2002.  External Partnering for the Triple Bottom Line: People, Profits, and the Protection of Biodiversity. Corporate Environmental Strategy 9(1):1-10.

    Kramer, R., Langholz, J. and N. Salafsky. 2002. The Role of the Private Sector in Protected Area Establishment and Management: A Conceptual Framework for Analyzing Effectiveness. Pages 335-351, In: J. Terborgh, C. van Schaik, L. Davenport, and M. Rao (editors), Making Parks Work: Strategies for Preserving Tropical Forests. Covelo, CA: Island Press.

    Langholz, J., and J. Lassoie. 2002. Combining Conservation and Development on Private Lands: Lessons from Costa Rica. Environment, Development, and Sustainability.

    Langholz, J. and K. Brandon. 2001.  Ecotourism and Privately Owned Protected Areas.  Pages 303-314, In: D.Weaver (editor), The Encyclopedia of Ecotourism. Oxon, United Kingdom: CAB International.

    Langholz, J., and  J. Lassoie. 2001. Perils and Promise of Privately Owned Protected Areas. BioScience 51(12):1079-1085.

    Langholz, J., J.Lassoie, and J. Schelhas. 2000.  Incentives for Biodiversity Conservation: Lessons from Costa Rica’s Private Wildlife Refuge Program. Conservation Biology 14(6): 1735-1743.

    Langholz, J., J.Lassoie, D.Lee, and D.Chapman. 2000. Economic Considerations of Privately Owned Parks. Ecological Economics 33(2):173-183.

    Langholz, J. 1999. Exploring the Effects of Alternative Income Opportunities on Rainforest Use: Insights from Guatemala’s Maya Biosphere Reserve. Society and Natural Resources 12:139-149.

    Uphoff, N., and J. Langholz. 1998. Incentives for Avoiding the Tragedy of the Commons.  Environmental Conservation 25(3): 251-261.

    Langholz, J. 1996.  Economics, Objectives, and Success of Private Nature Reserves in Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America. Conservation Biology 10(1):271-280.

    Langholz, J. 1996.  Ecotourism Impact at Independently Owned Nature Reserves in Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa.  In:  Miller, Joseph and E.Malek-Zadeh (editors), The Ecotourism Equation: Measuring the Impacts.  New Haven, CT: Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies Bulletin Series, No.99

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    Lyuba Zarsky

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    Lyuba
    Last Name
    Zarsky
    Lyuba Zarsky, Professor, International Environmental Policy, IEP, Image
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    Associate Professor
    Location
    McGowan 320B
    Phone
    831.647.6436
    Language(s)
    Español

    Professor Zarsky has a PhD in Economics and has a distinguished record of professional experience and publication in the fields of sustainable development and business and sustainability.

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    IEPG 8507 - Governing the Global Commons      

    Earth’s life-supporting eco-systems are in crisis due to unsustainable human practices, especially economic production and consumption. At the same time, deep global economic inequities leave more than half of the world’s people living in poverty. The overarching aim of international environmental cooperation is to point human societies towards patterns of ecologically sustainable and equitable development.

    This course provides an introduction to the political dynamics, legal structure, and institutions of international cooperation aimed at sustainable governance of the earth’s eco-systems. The course is in three parts.

    Part One first examines global environmental problems and politics. After a brief look at the current state of global eco-system services, we examine the logic of global collective action via classical and cosmopolitan concepts of “the commons”. We then explore North-South conflicts based on perceived trade-offs between “environment” and “development” and evaluate current paradigms of economic and population growth.

    Part Two examines the key principles, institutions, and treaties of international environmental law. We first examine the foundations of international environmental law, including legal principles, customary norms, and the treaty making process. We then explore treaties covering the atmosphere, viz, the Montreal Protocol and the climate regime, as well as the ocean and bio-diversity. We also consider the role of climate-geo-engineering in mitigating climate change and evaluate the technological, governance and ethical dilemmas it poses. Part Two concludes by examining the effectiveness of international environmental law to date in increasing the resilience of global eco-systems.

    Part Three examines global collective action from the perspective of “global environmental governance” (GEG). We explore the role of non-state actors, especially business, scientists, and NGOs, and the efficacy of “soft law” and voluntary standards in changing global business practice. We examine the theory of network analysis and consider how networked governance is evident in multi-level approaches to GEG, including city actions on climate change and regional approaches to trans-boundary resource management.

    Spring 2013 - MIIS, Fall 2013 - MIIS

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    IEPG 8598 - Business,Sustainablity&Society      

    This course provides a foundation in the core concepts and strategic management tools in the dynamic field of global business sustainability. The central aim of the course is to prepare students to design and lead sustainability innovations in or in partnership with global business organizations. Students will work in teams to produce a sustainability strategy for a global corporation.

    The course covers six key topics:

    • Global sustainability challenges and the role of business in responding to them;

    • New social expectations of business and the promise and limitations of corporate social responsibility;

    • Sustainability as global business strategy and opportunity;

    • Business opportunity and challenges in promoting development in poor markets;

    • Managing sustainability, including performance metrics, partnerships, and financing

    • Public policy innovations that support business sustainability.

    Fall 2013 - MIIS, Fall 2014 - MIIS

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    IEPG 8611 - Sustainable Coastal Management      

    The coast is the most dynamic landscape on earth. It changes every time a wave breaks, a tide changes, or streams flow. About seventy percent of the world’s population lives within 100 km of the coast. This course provides a foundation in the core scientific principles, governance frameworks, and economic challenges and opportunities related to the quest for sustainable coastal management and adaptation. A central theme of the course is the need to assess and respond to coastal climate vulnerability, including via adaptive policy and planning at diverse scales of coastal governance. The case studies in the course encompass both developed and less developed countries, and an emphasis on management of large coastal cities, coastal ecosystems, and other coastal land-uses.

    Spring 2013 - MIIS, Fall 2014 - MIIS

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    IEPG 8623 - Sem:Bus Models for Sustain Dev      

    This seminar explores the growing role of the private sector in promoting sustainable development goals in low and middle income countries through core business activities. The overarching aim of such business models is to reduce poverty and promote sustainability by: 1) stimulating access to global markets and supply chains; 2) delivering affordable and sustainable goods and services; 3) responding to the demands of climate change mitigation and adaptation; and/or 4) promoting local capacities for sustainable production. The seminar will examine case studies of five business models, ranging from small-scale, for-profit and non-profit enterprises to partnerships between multinational corporations and NGOs and/or development agencies. Students will work in teams to undertake their own case studies. Together, we will seek to draw lessons for scalability.

    Spring 2013 - MIIS

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    IEPG 9530 - Business and Global Issues      

    Whether in business, government, or NGOs, leadership requires honing the ability to make strategic decisions in a complex, dynamic and high-risk global context -- and often in high-pressure, short-deadline work environments. This Workshop will provide students a rich and realistic opportunity to work in just such an environment.

    The Workshop will provide participants with a wealth of complicated material in a variety of formats related to our case: Goldcorp’s highly conflicted Marlin gold mine in Guatemala. Students will be familiar with the case materials prior to the first meeting of the Workshop; the initial class will, through a series of group exercises, provide a platform for addressing issues of economic development, environmental risk, human rights, government policy, global business norms, chronic violence, and international trade and investment rules. How those dimensions are prioritized, conceptualized and understood will largely be student-driven, with the instructors playing a supportive role. Students will then be encouraged to explore, adapt and apply “solution” methodologies, which could include cost-benefit, risk assessment, and risk-performance analyses, scenario creation, deliberative stakeholder engagement, and supply chain reconfiguration.

    Students will work in groups to combine issue knowledge and problem-solving methods to define and evaluate strategic options for different players—the company, the government, and the local communities and their NGO allies. This group work will largely be carried out in the lapse between the two class meetings; students will draw upon the expertise of GSIPM faculty (and possibly others) as needed. The second class meeting will end with a series of group presentations of their proposed solutions to the case problem, and a comparative assessment of the proposals by students and faculty.

    The Workshop pilots an innovative “raw” case-study pedagogical approach to understand urgent global issues and build competencies to frame and address them. Our hope is to incorporate the lessons of this workshop to scale this approach up to a regular 2-credit course in the Fall, 2014 semester.

    Spring 2014 - MIIS

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    IMGT 8614 - Business,Sustainablity&Society      

    Fall 2012 - MIIS

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    IPMG 8530 - Business and Global Issues      

    Whether in business, government, or NGOs, leadership requires honing the ability to make strategic decisions in a complex, dynamic and high-risk global context -- and often in high-pressure, short-deadline work environments. This Workshop will provide students a rich and realistic opportunity to work in just such an environment.

    The Workshop will provide participants with a wealth of complicated material in a variety of formats related to our case: Goldcorp’s highly conflicted Marlin gold mine in Guatemala. Students will be familiar with the case materials prior to the first meeting of the Workshop; the initial class will, through a series of group exercises, provide a platform for addressing issues of economic development, environmental risk, human rights, government policy, global business norms, chronic violence, and international trade and investment rules. How those dimensions are prioritized, conceptualized and understood will largely be student-driven, with the instructors playing a supportive role. Students will then be encouraged to explore, adapt and apply “solution” methodologies, which could include cost-benefit, risk assessment, and risk-performance analyses, scenario creation, deliberative stakeholder engagement, and supply chain reconfiguration.

    Students will work in groups to combine issue knowledge and problem-solving methods to define and evaluate strategic options for different players—the company, the government, and the local communities and their NGO allies. This group work will largely be carried out in the lapse between the two class meetings; students will draw upon the expertise of GSIPM faculty (and possibly others) as needed. The second class meeting will end with a series of group presentations of their proposed solutions to the case problem, and a comparative assessment of the proposals by students and faculty.

    The Workshop pilots an innovative “raw” case-study pedagogical approach to understand urgent global issues and build competencies to frame and address them. Our hope is to incorporate the lessons of this workshop to scale this approach up to a regular 2-credit course in the Fall, 2014 semester.

    Spring 2014 - MIIS

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    IPOL 8506 - Public Policy & the Environmnt      

    This two-unit course provides a foundation in the paradigms, principles, and tools that shape public policy in the service of environmental protection and sustainable development. We will first explore the sources and dynamics of public policymaking and the fundamental principles of environmental policy, including sustainability, precaution and cost internalization. We will then examine three policy paradigms: 1) regulatory (command and control); 2) collaborative (stakeholder based); and 3) market-based. For each paradigm, we will consider case studies of global and national policy options for particular environmental problems, including forest degradation and carbon emissions. Examples of policy options include substantive and process standards; taxes; eco-system service payments; public investment; etc. Students will work in a team to produce a policy analysis of a major environmental problem.

    Fall 2010 - MIIS, Fall 2011 - MIIS, Fall 2012 - MIIS

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    IPOL 8507 - Intl Environmental Law&Politcs      

    This course provides a foundation in the core concepts, actors, drivers and institutions of global environmental politics and governance. The first half of the class focuses on global environmental politics and the second on international environmental law and more broadly, global environmental governance (GEG). The first half of the class is divided into two parts. Part One explores the state of the global environment, the nature of global environmental problems and the key actors in global environmental politics. Part Two examines seven underlying drivers of global environmental degradation: 1) technology, especially energy; 2) consumption; 3) values/cultural norms; 4) globalization; 5) capitalism and the growth imperative; 6) poverty and inequality; and 7 population growth. For each driver, we will explore a core conceptual framework and then consider and critically evaluate how it relates to global environmental problems, especially climate change. The second half of the class will examine international environmental regimes, including legal treaties and “soft law”. It will evaluate the overall effectiveness of global environmental governance (GEG) in addressing the underlying drivers of global environmental degradation and solving global environmental problems, especially climate change and biodiversity loss. The course will analyze and debate proposals to improve GEG, including the creation of a World Environment Organization, an increased role for regional governance, and a “multi-level” approach centered on a greater role for cities.

    Fall 2010 - MIIS, Spring 2011 - MIIS, Fall 2011 - MIIS, Spring 2012 - MIIS

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    IPOL 8598 - Business,Sustainablity&Society      

    Fall 2012 - MIIS

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    IPOL 8617 - Sem:Partner w/Bus.for Sust.Dev      

    Business is increasingly partnering with governments and NGOs to deliver a wide variety of global sustainable development goals, including poverty reduction, carbon mitigation, clean energy, access to clean water, and eco-resilience and climate adaptation. While there have some high-profile success stories, business partnerships have also suffered from "culture clashes", lack of clarity about goals, poor performance measurement, and lack of accountability mechanisms.

    This course examines and critically evaluates four types of emerging global business partnerships: 1) business-government “private-public” partnerships in the provision of public infrastructure, especially water; 2) multi-stakeholder “collaborative governance” of global markets (e.g. forests, sea food, bio-fuels); 3) capacity-building business-NGO partnerships involving business philanthropy; and 4) “investment” partnerships aimed at increasing finance for sustainable development.

    We will first explore the context for the emergence of business partnerships, examine the meaning and measurement of "sustainable development", and consider obstacles in both business and NGO culture to effective partnering. We will then examine case studies of the four types of partnerships in developing countries and conclude by considering what innovations in business, NGO and government practice would make partnerships more effective, scale-able and accountable. Students will work in teams to produce and orally present a collaborative case study.

    Spring 2012 - MIIS

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    IPOL 8623 - Sem:Bus Models for Sustain Dev      

    This seminar explores the growing role of the private sector in promoting sustainable development goals in low and middle income countries through core business activities. The overarching aim of such business models is to reduce poverty and promote sustainability by: 1) stimulating access to global markets and supply chains; 2) delivering affordable and sustainable goods and services; 3) responding to the demands of climate change mitigation and adaptation; and/or 4) promoting local capacities for sustainable production. The seminar will examine case studies of five business models, ranging from small-scale, for-profit and non-profit enterprises to partnerships between multinational corporations and NGOs and/or development agencies. Students will work in teams to undertake their own case studies. Together, we will seek to draw lessons for scalability.

    Fall 2010 - MIIS, Fall 2011 - MIIS

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    IPOL 8665 - Sem: Climate & Development      

    This seminar explores emerging thinking and practice about climate resilient, low carbon development paths. The course is in three parts. After examining the economic challenges posed by climate change, Part I defines “climate resilient development” and probes design principles and alternative models. Part II examines the challenge of financing transitions to climate resilient, low-carbon development and considers public, private, and public-private initiatives at multiple scales (from global adaptation funds to micro-asset investors). Part III explores methodologies for selecting climate resilience among alternative investment options and examines case studies of climate resilient development at the project, city, sector, and national levels. The case studies highlight the roles of public policy and multi-stakeholder collaborative governance. The course consists of one third professor lecture, one third guest speakers, and one third student-led discussions and exercises. Students will produce a case study of climate resilient development and participate in a class debate.

    Spring 2011 - MIIS

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    IPSG 9530 - Business and Global Issues      

    Whether in business, government, or NGOs, leadership requires honing the ability to make strategic decisions in a complex, dynamic and high-risk global context -- and often in high-pressure, short-deadline work environments. This Workshop will provide students a rich and realistic opportunity to work in just such an environment.

    The Workshop will provide participants with a wealth of complicated material in a variety of formats related to our case: Goldcorp’s highly conflicted Marlin gold mine in Guatemala. Students will be familiar with the case materials prior to the first meeting of the Workshop; the initial class will, through a series of group exercises, provide a platform for addressing issues of economic development, environmental risk, human rights, government policy, global business norms, chronic violence, and international trade and investment rules. How those dimensions are prioritized, conceptualized and understood will largely be student-driven, with the instructors playing a supportive role. Students will then be encouraged to explore, adapt and apply “solution” methodologies, which could include cost-benefit, risk assessment, and risk-performance analyses, scenario creation, deliberative stakeholder engagement, and supply chain reconfiguration.

    Students will work in groups to combine issue knowledge and problem-solving methods to define and evaluate strategic options for different players—the company, the government, and the local communities and their NGO allies. This group work will largely be carried out in the lapse between the two class meetings; students will draw upon the expertise of GSIPM faculty (and possibly others) as needed. The second class meeting will end with a series of group presentations of their proposed solutions to the case problem, and a comparative assessment of the proposals by students and faculty.

    The Workshop pilots an innovative “raw” case-study pedagogical approach to understand urgent global issues and build competencies to frame and address them. Our hope is to incorporate the lessons of this workshop to scale this approach up to a regular 2-credit course in the Fall, 2014 semester.

    Spring 2014 - MIIS

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    MBAG 9530 - Business and Global Issues      

    Whether in business, government, or NGOs, leadership requires honing the ability to make strategic decisions in a complex, dynamic and high-risk global context -- and often in high-pressure, short-deadline work environments. This Workshop will provide students a rich and realistic opportunity to work in just such an environment.

    The Workshop will provide participants with a wealth of complicated material in a variety of formats related to our case: Goldcorp’s highly conflicted Marlin gold mine in Guatemala. Students will be familiar with the case materials prior to the first meeting of the Workshop; the initial class will, through a series of group exercises, provide a platform for addressing issues of economic development, environmental risk, human rights, government policy, global business norms, chronic violence, and international trade and investment rules. How those dimensions are prioritized, conceptualized and understood will largely be student-driven, with the instructors playing a supportive role. Students will then be encouraged to explore, adapt and apply “solution” methodologies, which could include cost-benefit, risk assessment, and risk-performance analyses, scenario creation, deliberative stakeholder engagement, and supply chain reconfiguration.

    Students will work in groups to combine issue knowledge and problem-solving methods to define and evaluate strategic options for different players—the company, the government, and the local communities and their NGO allies. This group work will largely be carried out in the lapse between the two class meetings; students will draw upon the expertise of GSIPM faculty (and possibly others) as needed. The second class meeting will end with a series of group presentations of their proposed solutions to the case problem, and a comparative assessment of the proposals by students and faculty.

    The Workshop pilots an innovative “raw” case-study pedagogical approach to understand urgent global issues and build competencies to frame and address them. Our hope is to incorporate the lessons of this workshop to scale this approach up to a regular 2-credit course in the Fall, 2014 semester.

    Spring 2014 - MIIS

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    MBAG 9614 - Business,Sustainablity&Society      

    This course provides a foundation in the core concepts and strategic management tools in the dynamic field of global business sustainability. The central aim of the course is to prepare students to design and lead sustainability innovations in or in partnership with global business organizations. Students will work in teams to produce a sustainability strategy for a global corporation.

    The course covers six key topics:

    • Global sustainability challenges and the role of business in responding to them;

    • New social expectations of business and the promise and limitations of corporate social responsibility;

    • Sustainability as global business strategy and opportunity;

    • Business opportunity and challenges in promoting development in poor markets;

    • Managing sustainability, including performance metrics, partnerships, and financing

    • Public policy innovations that support business sustainability.

    Fall 2013 - MIIS, Fall 2014 - MIIS

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    MBAG 9623 - Sem:Bus Models for Sustain Dev      

    This seminar explores the growing role of the private sector in promoting sustainable development goals in low and middle income countries through core business activities. The overarching aim of such business models is to reduce poverty and promote sustainability by: 1) stimulating access to global markets and supply chains; 2) delivering affordable and sustainable goods and services; 3) responding to the demands of climate change mitigation and adaptation; and/or 4) promoting local capacities for sustainable production. The seminar will examine case studies of five business models, ranging from small-scale, for-profit and non-profit enterprises to partnerships between multinational corporations and NGOs and/or development agencies. Students will work in teams to undertake their own case studies. Together, we will seek to draw lessons for scalability.

    Spring 2013 - MIIS

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    Sustainable development, business and sustainability, foreign direct investment and the environment, collaborative governance, development economics, global environmental governance. 

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    Education

    Ph.D. Department of Economics, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 2006; M.A. Economics, Department of Economics and Political Economy, New School for Social Research, New York 1986.

    Publications

    Can extractive industries promote sustainable development? A net benefits framework and a case study of the Marlin Mine in Guatemala, (co-author), Journal of Environment and Development, 20(2), 131-154, April, 2013.

    Extractive industries and local communities: the elusive search for sustainable development, World Policy Review, July, 2013, available at http://www.worldpoliticsreview.com.

    Searching for Gold in the Highlands of Guatemala: Economic Benefits and Environmental Risks of the Marlin Mine, (co-author), Global Development and Environment Institute, September, 2011.

    "Climate Resilient Industrial Development: Design Principles and Alternative Models", in S.R. Khan and J. Christiansen, ed., Towards New Developmentalism: Market as Means Rather than Master, Routledge Economics, 2010.

    Enclave Economy: Foreign Investment and Sustainable Development in Mexico’s Silicon Valley (co-author), Boston: MIT Press, 2007.

    “No Miracle Drug: Foreign Direct Investment and Sustainable Development” (co-author), in L. Zarsky (ed.), International Investment for Sustainable Development: Balancing Rights and Rewards, London: Earthscan Press, 2005.

    International Investment for Sustainable Development: Balancing Rights and Rewards (contributing editor), London: Earthscan Press, 2005.

    “Stuck in the Mud? Nation-States, Globalisation and the Environment," in OECD, Globalisation and the Environment, Paris: OECD, 1997. Reprinted in K. Gallagher and J. Werksman (eds.), Earthscan Reader on International Trade and Sustainable Development, London:  Earthscan Press, 2002, pp. 19-44; and in  K. Conca and G. Dabelko, Green Planet Blues, Environmental Politics from Stockholm to Johannesberg, Westview Press, 2004.

    Human Rights and the Environment: Conflicts and Norms in a Globalizing World (contributing editor) London: Earthscan Press, 2002.

    Beyond Good Deeds: Case Studies and A New Policy Agenda for Corporate Accountability (co-author), Berkeley: Natural Heritage Institute, July 2002.

    “APEC and the ‘Sustainable Development’ Agenda,’ in R. Steinberg (ed.), The Greening of Trade Law, Rowman and Littlefield, 2002.

    “Global Reach: Human Rights and Environment in the Framework of Corporate Accountability,” in L. Zarsky (ed.), Human Rights and Environment: Conflicts and Norms in a Globalizing World, London: Earthscan Press, 2002, pp. 31-56.

    “Civil Society and the Future of Environmental Governance in Asia,” (co-author), in D. Angel and M. Rock, (eds.), Asia's Clean Revolution: Industry, Growth and the Environment, Greenleaf Publishing, 2001, pp.128-154.

    “From Bystanders to Collaborators, New Roles for Civil Society in Urban-Industrial Environmental Governance,” in Asian Development Bank, Asian Environment Outlook, Manila:  ADB, 2001.

    “Environmental Norms in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum,” in D. Shelton (ed.), Commitment and Compliance, The Role of Non-Binding Norms in the International Legal System, New York: Oxford University Press, 2000, pp. 303-329.

    “Havens, Halos, and Spaghetti: Untangling the Evidence About FDI and the Environment,” in OECD, Foreign Direct Investment and the Environment, Paris: OECD,  1999, pp. 47-74.

    "Energy and the Environment in Asia-Pacific,” in P. Chasek, (ed.), The Global Environment in the 21st Century, Tokyo: United Nations University Press, 1999.

    "Lessons of Liberalization in Asia: From Structural Adjustment to Sustainable Development," in Financing for Environmentally Sustainable Development,  Asian Development Bank: Manila, 1994.

    “Towards an International Eco-Labeling Framework,” in OECD, Life Cycle Management and Trade, Paris: OECD, 1994, pp. 194-204.

    “Sustainable Development: Challenges for Australia,” in Our Common Future, Australian Edition, Melbourne: Oxford University Press, 1990. Also published as a monograph by the Commission for the Future, Melbourne, February, 1990.

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