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Erika S. Weinthal, Associate Professor of Environmental Policy and Sanford School of Public Policy  

Office Location: A136 LSRC
Office Phone: (919) 613-8080
Duke Box: 90328
Email Address: weinthal@duke.edu

Areas of Expertise

  • Environment and Energy, Environmental Law, Regulation and Policy

PhD Political Science, Columbia University, 1998
MPhil Political Science, Columbia University, 1994
MA Political Science, Columbia University, 1993
BA Government and Environmental Studies, Oberlin College, 1989

Research Categories: environmental policy, international environmental institutions, the political-economy of the resource curse, water cooperation and conflict, and environmental security.

Teaching (Fall 2015):

  • Energy 395.09, Connections in energy: project Synopsis
    Tba, -
  • Energy 795.09, Connections in energy: project Synopsis
    Tba, -
  • Environ 826.01, Global environmental politics Synopsis
    Lsrc a312, W 11:45 AM-02:15 PM

Recent Publications   (More Publications)

  1. K. O’Neill, E. Weinthal, K. Marion Suiseeya, S. Bernstein, A. Cohen, M. Stone, and B. Cashore. "Methods and Global Environmental Governance." Annual Review of Environment & Resources 38 (2013): 441-471.
  2. P. Faeth and E.S. Weinthal. "How Access to Clean Water Prevents Conflict." Solutions 3.1 (2012): 70-76. [1037]
  3. D. Gallagher and E.S. Weinthal. "Corporate Social Responsibility: Out of the Shadows of Environmental Regulation." Paul Steinberg and Stacy Vandeveer, eds, Comparative Environmental Politics (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press) 2012.
  4. J. Sowers, A. Vengosh and E. Weinthal. "Climate Change, Water Resources, and the Politics of Adaptation in the Middle East and North Africa." Climatic Change 104.3-4 (2011): 599-627. [available here]
  5. N. Zawahri, J. Sowers, and E. Weinthal. "The Politics of Assessment: Water and Sanitation MDGs in the Middle East." Development & Change 42.5 (2011): 1153–1178.

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.

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