Environmental Policy & Politics


Involved Faculty

  • Poonam Arora: PhD, Assistant Professor of Management/Marketing-Expertise in Leadership and Organizational Behavior, Strategic Management and Management Independent Study
  • Pamela Chasek: PhD, Professor of Government-Research in international environmental policy, international organizations, multilateral diplomacy, bargaining and negotiation and US foreign policy
  • Mehnaz Afridi: PhD, Professor of Religious Studies-Research in Interreligious Identity, Diaspora and Transnational Studies, Post-genocide Identity and Feminist post-colonial theory
  • Cory Blad: PhD, Assistant Professor of Sociology-Research in Global Political Economy, State Theory, Nationalism and Culture, and Social Movements

Books/Book Chapters

  • Chasek, Pamela S. and Lynn M. Wagner. The Road to Rio: Lessons Learned from Twenty Years of Multilateral Environmental Negotiations. New York: Routledge, 2012. (CHASEK, PAMELA)
  • Chasek, Pamela S., David L. Downie and Janet Welsh Brown. Global Environmental Politics, fifth edition. Boulder: Westview Press, 2010. (CHASEK, PAMELA)
  • Chasek, Pamela S. and Richard Sherman. Ten Days in Johannesburg: A Negotiation of Hope. Cape Town: Struik Publishers, 2004.(CHASEK, PAMELA)
  • Chasek, Pamela S. Earth Negotiations: Analyzing thirty years of environmental diplomacy. Tokyo: UNU Press, 2001. (CHASEK, PAMELA)
  • Chasek, Pamela S., ed. The Global Environment in the 21st Century: Prospects for International Cooperation. Tokyo: UNU Press, 2000. (CHASEK, PAMELA)
  • Chasek, Pamela S. “Sustainable Development in the 21st Century” in Michael Snarr and D. Neil Snarr, eds Introducing Global Issues, fourth edition. Boulder: Lynne Rienner, 2008. (CHASEK, PAMELA)
  • Chasek, Pamela S. “International Climate Change Politics: Looking Beyond 2012” in Jonathan Boston, ed. Towards a New Global Climate Treaty: Looking Beyond 2012. Wellington, New Zealand: Institute of Policy Studies, 2007. (CHASEK, PAMELA)
  • Chasek, Pamela S. “The Negotiating System of Environment and Development: A ten-year review” in Gunnar Sjöstedt, Elisabeth Corell and Angela Churie Kallhauge, eds.Global Challenges: Furthering the multilateral policy process, Sheffield, UK: Greenleaf Publishing, 2005. (CHASEK, PAMELA)
  • Chasek, Pamela S. “Environmental Organizations and Multilateral Diplomacy: A Case Study of the Earth Negotiations Bulletin” in James P. Muldoon, Jr., et al, eds.Multilateral Diplomacy and the United Nations Today, third edition. Boulder: Westview, 2005.(CHASEK, PAMELA)
  • Chasek, Pamela S. “The Ozone Depletion Regime,” in Bertram Specter and I. William Zartman, ed. Getting it Done: Post Agreement Negotiations and International Regimes. Washington, DC: United States Institute of Peace Press, 2003. (CHASEK, PAMELA)
  • Chasek, Pamela S. “Negotiations on the Convention to Combat Desertification,” in Gunnar Sjöstedt, ed. Professional Cultures in International Negotiation: Bridge or Rift?Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2003. (CHASEK, PAMELA)
  • Chasek, Pamela S. “Steps Toward Enhanced Parity: Negotiating Capacity and Strategies of Developing Countries,” in Inge Kaul, ed.Providing Global Public Goods: Making Globalization Work for All. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002 (with Lavanya Rajamani).
  • Chasek, Pamela S. “Scientific Uncertainty in Environmental Negotiations” in Ho-Won Jeong, ed. Global Environmental Policies. London: Palgrave, 2001. (CHASEK, PAMELA)
  • Chasek, Pamela S. “The Story of the UNCED Process” and “The Negotiating System of Environment and Development.” in Gunnar Sjöstedt, Bertram Spector and I. William Zartman, eds. Negotiating International Regimes: Lessons Learned from the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development. London: Graham and Trotman, 1994.(CHASEK, PAMELA)


  • Arora, P., Peterson, N., Krantz D.H., Harsity, D.J., Reddy, K., (Accepted Manuscript) “To Cooperate or Not to Cooperate: Using New Methodologies and Frameworks to Understand How Affiliation Influences Cooperation in the Present and Future” (ARORA, POONAM)
  • Krantz, D., Peterson, N., Arora, P., Milch, K., Orlove, B. (2008) “Individual Values and Social Goals in Environmental Decision Making,” Decision Modeling and Behavior in Uncertain and Complex Environments, Eds. Kugler, T. Smith, J.C., Connolly, T., Son, Y. J., Springer Press (ARORA, POONAM)
  • Alamgir, M., and Arora, P., (1991) Providing Food Security for All, New York University Press, NY (ARORA, POONAM)
  • Arora, P., Logg, J., Larrick, R., “I’ll Let You Walk All Over Me If It Makes Me Look Good: Role of Identity in Overcompensation and Disengagement in Environmental Social Dilemmas”.  Presented at the International Conference on Social Dilemmas, July 2011, and currently under review at a journal. (ARORA, POONAM)
  • Authors: Arora, P., Podesta, G.P., Ruiz Toranzo, F., Bert, F., Mendendez, A., & Jobaggy, E. Role Effects in Environmental Coordination: Teammates and Competitors Vary in Focal Points Selected and Outcomes Obtained in Environmental Coordination Dilemmas (under review but with a slightly different title) (ARORA, POONAM)
  • Chasek, Pamela S. “Confronting Environmental Treaty Implementation Challenges in the Pacific Islands.” Pacific Islands Policy 6.Honolulu: East-West Center, 2010.(CHASEK, PAMELA)
  • Chasek, Pamela. S., “Rethinking the Law and Policy of Protected Areas in a Warming World: Evolving Approaches of American Conservation Organizations” Journal of International Wildlife Law & Policy 15(1) 2012. (CHASEK, PAMELA)
  • Chasek, Pamela S., Wafa Essahili, Mariam Akhtar-Schuster, Lindsay C. Stringer and Richard Thomas “Integrated Land Degradation Monitoring and Assessment: Horizontal Knowledge Management at the National and International Levels.” Land Degradation and Development 22(2) 2011: 272-284. (CHASEK, PAMELA)
  • Akhtar-Schuster, Mariam, Pamela S. Chsaek, Mary Seely, Lindsay C. Stringer and Richard Thomas. “Improving the Enabling Environment to Combat Land Degradation: Institutional, Financial, Legal and Science-Policy Challenges and Solutions.” Land Degradation and Development 22(2) 2011: 299-312 (with). (CHASEK, PAMELA)
  • Chasek, Pamela S. “Creating Space for Consensus: High-Level Globe Trotting into the Bali Climate Change Conference.”International Negotiation 16(1) 2011: 87–108.(CHASEK, PAMELA)
  • Chasek, Pamela S. “U.S. Policy in the UN Environmental Arena: Powerful Laggard or Constructive Leader.” International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics 7(4). 2007: 363-387. (CHASEK, PAMELA)
  • Chasek, Pamela S. “A Comparative Analysis of Multilateral Environmental Negotiations.” Group Decision and Negotiation, 6(5) September 1997.  (CHASEK, PAMELA)
  • Chasek, Pamela S. “The Convention to Combat Desertification: Lessons Learned for Sustainable Development.” Journal of Environment and Development, 6(2) June 1997.(CHASEK, PAMELA)


  • Logg, J. L., Arora, P., “Through the green looking glass: Attention and attitude influence environmental behaviors”.  Presented as posters at SJDM Conference, November 2010, and SPSP Conference, January 2011. (ARORA, POONAM)
  • Integration of decadal climate predictions, ecological models and human decision-making models to support climate-resilient agriculture in the Argentine Pampas. Poster presented at World Climate Research Program, Denver, October 2011 (ARORA, POONAM)
  • Authors: Podestá, G., P. Arora, W. Baethgen, F. Bert, V. Brescia, L. Goddard, R. Katz, B. Kirtman, D. Krantz, D. Lema, C. Macal, M. Marino, L. Mearns, M. North, B. Rajagopalan, F. Ruiz Toranzo, C. Saulo, M. Skansi, P. Sydelko, and C. Vera (ARORA, POONAM)
  • Arora, P., “Using Behavioral Decision Making as a Tool for Environmental Policy”, Invited Speaker, NY State Agency NYSERDA, Albany, NY, December 2007 (ARORA, POONAM)


  • A parlor meeting in June in the city with Arava Institute representatives, which focused on water and self-sustainability in Bedouin life in Israel, as well as education at the institute. (AFRIDI, MEHNAZ)


  • GOVT 223 – Environmental Politics
  • GOVT 325 – Special Topic: Environmental Law
  • ENVL 517 and 417 – Environmental Law
  • Principles in Public Health