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Erika S. Weinthal, Professor of Environmental Sciences and Policy and Sanford School of Public Policy and Co-Chair of the Executive Committee of the Duke Human Rights Center at FHI and Faculty Network Member of The Energy Initiative and Affiliate of the Duke Initiative for Science & Society  

Office Location: 9 Circuit Drive, Environment Hall 4119, Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone: (919) 613-8080
Duke Box: 90328
Email Address: erika.weinthal@duke.edu

Areas of Expertise

  • Environment and Energy, Environmental Law, Regulation and Policy

Ph.D., Columbia University, 1998
M.Phil., Columbia University, 1994
MA Political Science, Columbia University, 1993
B.A., Oberlin College, 1989

Recent Publications   (More Publications)

  1. Bernstein, S; Hoffmann, M; Weinthal, E. "Introduction." Global Environmental Politics 22.1 (February, 2022): 1-3. [doi]
  2. Daoudy, M; Sowers, J; Weinthal, E. "What is climate security? Framing risks around water, food, and migration in the Middle East and North Africa." Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Water (January, 2022). [doi]  [abs]
  3. Sowers, J; Weinthal, E. "Health and environmental tolls of protracted conflicts in the Middle East and North Africa." Current History 120.830 (December, 2021): 339-345. [doi]  [abs]
  4. Bernstein, S; Hoffmann, M; Weinthal, E. "Introduction." Global Environmental Politics 21.3 (August, 2021): 1-3. [doi]
  5. Redmon, JH; Kondash, AJ; Womack, D; Lillys, T; Feinstein, L; Cabrales, L; Weinthal, E; Vengosh, A. "Is Food Irrigated with Oilfield-Produced Water in the California Central Valley Safe to Eat? A Probabilistic Human Health Risk Assessment Evaluating Trace Metals Exposure.." Risk Analysis : an Official Publication of the Society for Risk Analysis 41.8 (August, 2021): 1463-1477. [doi]  [abs]


Dr. Weinthal specializes in global environmental politics and environmental security with a particular emphasis on water and energy. Current areas of research include (1) global environmental politics and governance, (2) environmental conflict and peacebuilding, (3) the political economy of the resource curse, and (4) climate change adaptation. Dr. Weinthal’s research spans multiple geographic regions, including the Soviet successor states, the Middle East, South Asia, East Africa, and North America. Dr. Weinthal is author of State Making and Environmental Cooperation: Linking Domestic Politics and International Politics in Central Asia (MIT Press 2002), which received the 2003 Chadwick Alger Prize and the 2003 Lynton Keith Caldwell Prize. She has co-authored Oil is not a Curse (Cambridge University Press 2010) and co-edited Water and Post-Conflict Peacebuilding (Earthscan Press, 2014) and The Oxford Handbook on Water Politics and Policy (Oxford University Press 2018). She is a member of the UNEP Expert Group on Conflict and Peacebuilding and a co-editor of Global Environmental Politics. In 2017 she was a recipient of the Women Peacebuilders for Water Award under the auspices of “Fondazione Milano per Expo 2015”. 

Dr. Weinthal specializes in global environmental politics and natural resource policies with a particular emphasis on water and energy. The main focus of her research is on the origins and effects of environmental institutions. Her previous research examined the impact of multilateral and bilateral development organizations on water resource management and institution building in the Aral Sea basin in Central Asia. Her research on water politics in conflict regions (e.g. the Gaza Strip in the Middle East) focuses on how the environment might be harnessed for peace building. Her current book project on the resource curse explicates the links between a countrys natural resource base and its institutional capacity through systematically comparing the energy-rich Soviet successor states with other energy-rich developing countries.

Erika S. Weinthal