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Hardcover | Out of Print | 344 pp. | 6 x 9 in | 3 b&w illus. | September 2009 | ISBN: 9780262013406
Paperback | $35.00 Short | £27.95 | 344 pp. | 6 x 9 in | 3 b&w illus. | October 2009 | ISBN: 9780262513081
eBook | $24.00 Short | October 2009 | ISBN: 9780262259880
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Global Environmental Change and Human Security


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 Hurricane Katrina), 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.

Contributors: W. Neil Adger, Jennifer Bailey, Jon Barnett, 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

About the Editors

Richard A. Matthew is Associate Professor of International and Environmental Politics in the Schools 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 Resource Management and Geography at the University of Melbourne.

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

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


“[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 invaluable resource for undergraduate and graduate courses.”—Jeff Romm, EcoHealth


““By bringing people back into the security discourse, this superb collection of essays provides an important reminder of the centrality of individuals and communities for fostering both security and sustainable development. Through illuminating the ways in which global environmental change affects people's needs, rights, and values, the authors convincingly make the case for states to prioritize human security in responding to the manifold challenges posed by global environmental change.”—Erika Weinthal, Duke University, author of State Making and Environmental Cooperation”