Global Environmental Change and Human Security

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Overview

In recent years, scholars in international relations and other fields have begun to conceive of security more broadly, moving away from a state-centered concept of national security toward the idea of human security, which emphasizes the individual and human well-being. Viewing global environmental change through the lens of human security connects such problems as melting ice caps and carbon emissions to poverty, vulnerability, equity, and conflict. This book examines the complex social, health, and economic consequences of environmental change across the globe. In chapters that are both academically rigorous and policy relevant, the book discusses the connections of global environmental change to urban poverty, natural disasters (with a case study of HurricaneKatrina), violent conflict (with a study of the decade-long Nepalese civil war), population, gender,and development. The book makes clear the inadequacy of traditional understandings of security and shows how global environmental change is raising new, unavoidable questions of human insecurity,conflict, cooperation, and sustainable development. ContributorsW. Neil Adger, Jennifer Bailey, JonBarnett, Victoria Basolo, Hans Georg Bohle, Mike Brklacich, May Chazan, Chris Cocklin, Geoffrey D.

Dabelko, Indra de Soysa, Heather Goldsworthy, Betsy Hartmann, Robin M. Leichenko, Laura Little,Alexander López, Richard A. Matthew, Bryan McDonald, Eric Neumayer, Kwasi Nsiah-Gyabaah, Karen L.

O'Brien, Marvin S. Soroos, Bishnu Raj Upreti

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"[A] remarkable example of what a network of researchers can accomplish with a shared vision and the freedom to explore it through diverse lenses in a wide range of real situations...an invaluable resource for undergraduate and graduatecourses." — Jeff Romm,EcoHealth
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262513081
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 10/9/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 344
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard A. Matthew is Associate Professor of International and Environmental Politics in theSchools of Social Ecology and Social Science at the University of California, Irvine.

Jon Barnett is Reader and Australian Research Council Fellow in the Department of ResourceManagement and Geography at the University of Melbourne.

Bryan McDonald is Assistant Director of the Center for Unconventional Security at theUniversity of California, Irvine.

Karen L. O'Brien is Professor in the Department of Sociology and Human Geography at theUniversity of Oslo.

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