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Erika S. Weinthal, Lee Hill Snowdon Professor of Environmental Policy and Professor of International Comparative Studies and Sanford School of Public Policy and Coordinator for International Program of Nicholas School of the Environment and Professor of Environmental Policy at Duke Kunshan University and Faculty Network Member of The Energy Initiative and Affiliate of the Duke Initiative for Science & Society

Erika S. Weinthal

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”. 

Contact Info:
Office Location:  9 Circuit Drive, Environment Hall 4119, Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone:  (919) 613-8080
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Ph.D.Columbia University1998
M.Phil.Columbia University1994
MA Political ScienceColumbia University1993
B.A.Oberlin College1989

environmental policy
water quality
environmental values

Recent Publications   (More Publications)

  1. Paul, CJ; Weinthal, E, The development of Ethiopia's Climate Resilient Green Economy 2011–2014: implications for rural adaptation, Climate and Development, vol. 11 no. 3 (March, 2019), pp. 193-202, Informa UK Limited [doi]  [abs]
  2. Weinthal, E; Sowers, J, Targeting infrastructure and livelihoods in the West Bank and Gaza, International Affairs, vol. 95 no. 2 (March, 2019), pp. 319-340 [doi]  [abs]
  3. Bernstein, S; Hoffmann, M; Weinthal, E, Introduction, Global Environmental Politics, vol. 19 no. 1 (February, 2019), pp. 1-3 [doi]
  4. Neville, KJ; Cook, J; Baka, J; Bakker, K; Weinthal, ES, Can shareholder advocacy shape energy governance? The case of the US antifracking movement, Review of International Political Economy, vol. 26 no. 1 (January, 2019), pp. 104-133, Informa UK Limited [doi]  [abs]
  5. Baka, J; Hesse, A; Weinthal, E; Bakker, K, Environmental Knowledge Cartographies: Evaluating Competing Discourses in U.S. Hydraulic Fracturing Rule-Making, Annals of the American Association of Geographers (January, 2019) [doi]  [abs]

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