SDEP Director: Jesse Ribot

SDEP Activities in the 2016-17 Academic Year

SDEP director Jesse Ribot is on sabbatical at the Stanford Center for Advanced Studies in Behavioral Sciences this year. During this time SDEP will not be organizing any major activities. SDEP will nevertheless be co-sponsoring exciting events, see calendar, organized by other campus institutions addressing the complex interface of society and environment. We are looking forward to returning to full swing Fall 2017. Please write to Matt Cohn if you have any questions or would like your environment-society event posted on our calendar.

News and Announcements

Publication of RFGI Working Papers

All 35 RFGI Working Papers are now published! They are available under the RFGI project on this SDEP website. See more about the RFGI program at the SDEP Responsive Forest Governance Initiative (RFGI) page.

The Responsive Forest Governance Initiative (RFGI) is an Africa-wide comparative environmental governance research and training Programme of CODESRIA, IUCN and the University of Illinois. RFGI focuses on enabling responsive and accountable decentralization in forestry to strengthen representation of forest-based rural populations within local-government decision making. RFGI aims to enhance and help institutionalize widespread responsive and accountable local governance processes that reduce vulnerability, enhance local wellbeing, and improve forest management.

ICARUS V Conference in Hyderabad was a great success (30 June-2 July 2016)

The 5th International Conference of The Initiative on Climate Adaptation Research and Understanding through the Social Sciences (ICARUS), in collaboration with the Indian School of Business, took place at the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad, India, from Thursday, June 30 to Saturday, July 2, 2016. The conference focused on: i) diversity in relation to livelihood security; ii) networks of social and political relationships through which citizens gain access to resources and benefits from multiple state agencies; and, iii) the social and institutional dimensions of technology in relation to vulnerability to climate risks. Please check the conference website for postings of the participants list and papers.


Lecture Videos

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)

Yaakov Garb, Senior Lecturer, Department of Man in the Desert, Ben Gurion University: "The Israeli-Palestine e-Waste Commodity Chain: Findings and Reflections" (Aug 28, 2015)

SDEP Lecture Series

Climate and Society Speaker Series (2009-2010)

Democracy and Environment Speaker Series (2010-2011)

Occupy Nature Speaker Series (2012-2013)

Critical Inequalities Seminar Series (2013-2014)

Risk in a Changing World Speaker Series (2014-2015)

The speaker series for 2016-17 will not be ‘thematic’. During this period we will bring in topical speakers co-sponsored with other units on campus. Themes we are currently developing for 2017-19 and 2018-19 include “Climate Stress and the Social Causes of Migration” and “Climate Modeling: The Built-in Ethics of Causality.”