History Session

History of Environmental Security 

Session 14, Thursday, 27 January 2022 @ 10:45 AM

(Joint between the Presidential Sessions and the 20th History Symposium)

The discipline of environmental security has a rich and diverse history that spans more than a half century. Evolving from early work on sub-Saharan drought and its human impacts, environmental security today encompasses a breadth of topics, ranging from national security, to food security, to climate change. In this Presidential Session, Keynote Speaker Professor Geoffrey D. Dabelko will deliver an overview of the evolution of the history of environmental security.

Professor Dabelko is Associate Dean at the George V. Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs at Ohio University in Athens, OH. He teaches and conducts research on environment, peacebuilding, and security; global environmental politics; climate change and security; and environmental leadership. He is currently focusing on the conflict and peacebuilding potential of climate change responses and environmental peacebuilding. He co-directs the Ohio University National Capital Internship Program and the annual Environmental Peacebuilding and Sustainability study abroad program in the Balkans. From 2012-2018, he served as Director of the Environmental Studies Program. Dabelko serves as a senior advisor to the Environmental Change and Security Program (ECSP), a nonpartisan policy forum on environment, population, and security issues at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. From 1997-2012, he served as director of ECSP, working with policymakers, practitioners, and scholars grappling with the complex connections that link environment, health, population, conflict, and security. Dabelko is co-editor of Green Planet Blues: Critical Perspectives on Global Environmental Politics (6th ed.) and Environmental Peacemaking (2002). He was a lead author for the 5th assessment of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Working Group II Chapter 12 on Human Security released in 2014. Other publications have appeared in Global Environmental Change, Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, Climatic Change, Global Governance, Security Dialogue, Environment, Grist and Ensia. Dabelko is a member of the United Nations Environment Programme's Expert Advisory Group on Environment, Conflict, and Peacebuilding, a board member of the Environmental Peacebuilding Association, a board member of Population Reference Bureau, and an advisory board member of Screenscope's "Journey to Planet Earth" PBS documentary initiative. In 2018, Dabelko was the co-recipient with Ken Conca of the Fifth Al-Moumin Award and Distinguished Lecture on Environmental Peacebuilding. Dabelko has a Ph.D. in government and politics from the University of Maryland, College Park and an AB in political science from Duke University.


Keynote Speaker:

Geoff Dabelko Headshot

Geoffrey Debelko ([email protected])