My research focuses on the environmental dynamics of conflict/peacebuilding and disaster risk reduction. I take a political ecology approach to these topics, focusing, in particular, on how socioeconomic and political inequalities and structures of dominance construct vulnerability. Geographically, my work tends to focus on South Asia, particularly Afghanistan, Bangladesh, and Pakistan. While the conflict and disasters fields tend to remain fairly distinct, they share a number of common themes, including concepts surrounding the vulnerabilities and capacities of populations in harm’s way, as well as a focus on the coping mechanisms that households utilize under stress. All of these components are influenced by and can affect the physical environment; in turn, these environmental changes influence these concepts in an iterative relationship.
- Where DDR Meets DRR: On Pathways Linking Disaster Risk Reduction to Peacebuilding (Master’s Thesis, Spring 2013)
- “Opium Production, Climate Change, and Conflict in Helmand Province“ (Fall 2011)
- “The Politics of Disaster Response: Disaster Diplomacy and the Responsibility to Protect after Cyclone Nargis” (Spring 2013, published at disasterdiplomacy.org)
- “Stop Using the Term “Environmental Refugee“ (2014). In The Ocean Ipswich, MA: H. W. Wilson, 2014. 169-170.
- “Environmental Priorities in Post-Conflict Recovery: Efficacy of the Needs-Assessment Process” (2016). Journal of Peacebuilding and Development Vol. 11, No. 2: 4-24.
I welcome any and all comments on these papers. However, as they are working papers, I would request that you do not attribute them without requesting permission.
- “Going Beyond the Aggregations: A Regional Analysis of the Connection between Climate Change and Conflict“ (Spring 2013)
- “Breaking the Conflict Trap: On the Factors Contributing to Civil War Recurrence“ (Fall 2012/Spring 2013)