Distinguished Professor of Energy and the Environment, University of Delaware (USA); Professorial Research Fellow, The University of Queensland

My research focuses on the causes and consequences of environmental conflicts, particularly concerning the extractive industries and how ecological factors can promote peace. I have degrees in the natural sciences (B.Sc. in Chemistry from Tufts and M.E.S from Yale) and a doctorate from MIT in environmental planning. My most recent book co-authored with Lawrence Susskind is titled "Environmental Diplomacy: Negotiating More Effective Global Agreements" (Oxford University Press, 2014). Earlier books include "Treasures of the Earth: Need, Greed and a Sustainable Future" (Yale University Press, 2010) and "Mining, the Environment and Indigenous Development Conflicts" (University of Arizona Press, 2009).

Experience

  • 2015–present
    Senior Fellow , Columbia University
  • 2016–present
    Professorial Research Fellow , University of Queensland
  • 2016–present
    Distinguished Professor of Energy and the Environment, University of Delaware
  • 2012–2016
    Director Center for Social Responsibility in Mining , University of Queensland

Education

  • 2000 
    MIT, Ph.D.
  • 1996 
    Yale University, Masters in Environmental Studies

Honours

Member of Global Future Council on Advanced Materials; Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum (2011); National Geographic Emerging Explorer (2010)