School of Global Environmental Sustainability Distinguished Author Reception for two authors: Dimitris Stevis and Michele Betsill.

March 12, 2015 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Advances in International Environmental Politics

2nd edition, July 2014, Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

Edited by: Michele M. Betsill, Kathryn Hochstetler, Dimitris Stevis

Dimitris Stevis is Professor of Political Science at Colorado State University, USA. His research revolves around the social governance of the world political economy in the areas of labor and the environment. His publications include co-editor (with Valerie Assetto) The International Political Economy of the Environment: Critical Perspectives (2001) and (with Terry Boswell) Globalization and Labor: Democratizing Global Governance (2008).



This book introduces readers to the field of international environmental politics (IEP) through authoritative and up-to-date surveys of its major approaches and debates. The book is divided into three parts. The chapters in Part I provide comprehensive and pluralistic reviews stressing the diversity of the field's origins, theories, and methods. The remaining chapters are organized around key research areas and allow readers to become broadly familiar with the theoretical and substantive debates that characterize the field. In Part II, the authors review the theoretical and empirical trajectories of a given research area – international political economy, gender, knowledge, governance, transnational actors, and security – and present a short original case study to illuminate the main debates that emerge. Part III reflects on four distinct frameworks for evaluating IEP: effectiveness, transparency, sustainability, and justice. Collectively, the authors demonstrate how the field of IEP has evolved and identify key questions, topics, and approaches to guide future research.



Transnational Climate Change Governance

July 2014, Cambridge University Press

One of ten authors: Michele M. Betsill

Michele Betsill is a Professor of Political Science and the founder and co-leader of the Environmental Governance Working Group at Colorado State University, Fort Collins. Her research investigates the multiple ways in which climate change is governed from the local to the global level, across both public and private spheres. She is co-author of Cities and Climate Change: Urban Sustainability and Global Environmental Governance (2003, with Harriet Bulkeley) as well as numerous articles and book chapters on climate change governance. Professor Betsill is a member of the editorial boards of the journals Global Environmental Politics and Environment and Planning C: Policy and Government and is on the Scientific Steering Committee for the Earth System Governance Project of the International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change.



It is increasingly clear that the world of climate politics is no longer confined to the activities of national governments and international negotiations. Critical to this transformation of the politics of climate change has been the emergence of new forms of transnational governance that cut across traditional state-based jurisdictions and operate across public and private divides. This book provides the first comprehensive, cutting-edge account of the world of transnational climate change governance. Co-authored by a team of the world's leading experts in the field and based on a survey of sixty case studies, the book traces the emergence, nature and consequences of this phenomenon, and assesses the implications for the field of global environmental politics. It will prove invaluable for researchers, graduate students and policy makers in climate change, political science, international relations, human geography, sociology and ecological economics.


Free and open to the public

Refreshments served. Author remarks at 4:30pm


108 Johnson Hall Montreal Conference Room