2015-2016 Colloquia

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The Center for Environmental Politics organizes a monthly colloquium series on environmental politics, policy, and governance. This series is made possible by the generous support of Gary and Susan Duck, UW alumni and long-standing benefactors of the department. Susan passed away in December 2015 after a prolonged illness. We miss her a lot.

The Duck Family Colloquium Series is managed by graduate students. For 2015-2016, Elizabeth Chrun (Political Science Ph.D. Candidate) will serve as the Richard B. Wesley Fellow in Environmental Politics and Governance and the chair of the Duck Family Colloquium series. The Center will host the following seminars, as described below.

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Past Events

Prof. Krister Andersson

Krister Andersson, University of Colorado at Boulder

Friday, May 13, 2016

“Decentralization and Deforestation”

Krister Andersson is Professor of Political Science and director of the Center for the Governance of Natural Resources at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He studies the politics of environmental governance and is particularly interested in local institutional arrangements and the role they play in explaining policy outcomes. Most of his recent work seeks to explain subnational variation in local governance outcomes in Latin America. This is also the theme of his most recent book, Local Governments and Rural Development (University of Arizona Press, 2009), which is co-authored with Gustavo Gordillo and Frank van Laerhoven. In it they conduct a comparative analysis of the institutional conditions for public service performance in 390 local governments in the rural areas of Brazil, Chile, Mexico and Peru.


Prof. David Victor

David G. Victor, University of California, San Diego

April 15, 2016

“After Paris: Will Nations Actually Do Something about Global Climate Change?”

David G. Victor is Professor of international relations and director of the Laboratory on International Law and Regulation at the University of California, San Diego. His research focuses on highly regulated industries, such as electric power, and how regulation affects the operation of major energy markets. He is author of Global Warming Gridlock, which explains why the world hasn’t made much diplomatic progress on the problem of climate change while also exploring new strategies that would be more effective. The book was recognized by The Economist as one of the best books of 2011. Prior to joining the faculty at UC San Diego, Victor served as director of the Program on Energy and Sustainable Development at Stanford University where he was also a Professor at Stanford Law School and taught energy and environmental law.

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Prof. Michael D. McGinnis

Michael D. McGinnis, Indiana University, Bloomington

March 4, 2016

“Polycentricity in Global Governance: A Question of Constitutional Fit?”

Michael D. McGinnis is Professor and Chair of Political Science Department at Indiana University, Bloomington. He is a Senior Research Fellow (and former Director) of The Vincent and Elinor Ostrom Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis, an inter-disciplinary research and teaching center focused on the study of institutions, development policy, resource management, and governance. His current research focuses on the ways in which health care policy in the U.S. can be improved through increased collaboration among stakeholders at the community or regional level. He was Principal Investigator of the Managing the Health Commons research project, which applied principles of commons governance identified by Elinor Ostrom to the study of regional health and health care systems. He is a core faculty member of the ReThink Health Alliance, which was initially established and funded by The Fannie E. Rippel Foundation.

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Prof. Carolyn Finney

Carolyn Finney, University of Kentucky

February 19, 2016

“Radical Presence: Black Faces, White Spaces & Other Stories of Possibility”

Carolyn Finney is Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography at University of Kentucky. Her research explores how issues of difference impact participation in decision-making processes designed to address environmental issues. She first conducted research in Nepal, speaking with women about their experiences collecting fuel wood, fodder, and water, and the challenges of balancing traditional gender roles with immediate economic needs. In her first book, she explores the role of memory and identity in influencing African American environmental participation, and the general disconnect between African American environmental professionals and their white counterparts regarding the perception of exclusion and racism within an environmental context. Black Faces, White Spaces was published in May 2014 by UNC Press.


Prof. Debra Javeline

Debra Javeline, University of Notre Dame

January 22, 2016

“What Will Homeowners Do? Responses to Tropical Cyclones, Rising Seas, and Other Climate Risks”

Debra Javeline is Associate Professor at University of Notre Dame. Her research interests include mass political behavior, survey research, the politics of post-Soviet and other post-communist regimes and the politics of climate change adaptation. Her publications include Protest and the Politics of Blame: The Russian Response to Unpaid Wages and articles in the American Political Science Review and Comparative Political Studies. Her two current book projects are After Violence: Participation over Retaliation in Beslan and The Politics of Adapting to Climate Change. Javeline is also collaborating with Notre Dame biologists, computer scientists, and other faculty on an interdisciplinary project on adaptation to climate change that has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Provost’s Strategic Academic Planning Committee, the Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts, and the College of Science.


Prof. Kate O'Neill

Kate O’Neill, University of California, Berkeley

December 4, 2015

“Seeing Across Scales: The New Role of Visualization Tools in Environmental Politics and Governance”

Kate O’Neill is Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management at the University of California at Berkeley. She is co-editor of Global Environmental Politics. She writes and teaches on matters of global environmental politics and governance. Her first book, Waste Trading Among Rich Nations: Building a New Theory of Environmental Regulation addressed why some wealthy countries still imported hazardous wastes, despite the risks. Her second book, The Environment and International Relations, is an examination of the theory and practice of global environmental governance. Her talk is based on a paper co-authored with Dr. Erika Weinthal and Patrick Hunnicutt, both from Duke University.


Prof. Cary Coglianese

Cary Coglianese, University of Pennsylvania

November 6, 2015

“The Voluntary Partnership Model: Reflections on EPA’s Performance Track and OSHA’s VPP”

Cary Coglianese is the Edward B. Shils Professor of Law and Professor of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania, where he currently serves as the director of the Penn Program on Regulation. Previously, he served as the law school’s Deputy Dean for Academic Affairs. He specializes in the study of regulation and regulatory processes, with an emphasis on the empirical evaluation of alternative regulatory strategies and the role of public participation, negotiation, and business-government relations in policy making. His most recent books include Does Regulation Kill Jobs? and Regulatory Breakdown: The Crisis of Confidence in U.S. Regulation. He has served as a consultant to Environment Canada, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.


Prof. Arun Agrawal

Arun Agrawal, University of Michigan

October 9, 2015

“Governing Natural Resources: Incentives, Information, Institutions”

Arun Agrawal (Ph.D. Duke, 1992) is a Professor at the School of Natural Resources & Environment at the University of Michigan. He is the editor-in-chief of World Development. His research and teaching emphasize the politics of international development, institutional change, and environmental conservation. He has written critically on indigenous knowledge, community-based conservation, common property, population and resources, and environmental identities. His recent interests include adaptation to climate change, urban adaptation, REDD+, and the decentralization of environmental governance. He coordinates the International Forestry Resources and Institutions network, and is currently carrying out research in central and east Africa and South Asia.


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