1st Edition

Companion to Environmental Studies

Edited By Noel Castree, Mike Hulme, James D. Proctor Copyright 2018
    876 Pages 117 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    876 Pages 117 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Companion to Environmental Studies presents a comprehensive and interdisciplinary overview of the key issues, debates, concepts, approaches and questions that together define environmental studies today. The intellectually wide-ranging volume covers approaches in environmental science all the way through to humanistic and post-natural perspectives on the biophysical world.

    Though many academic disciplines have incorporated studying the environment as part of their curriculum, only in recent years has it become central to the social sciences and humanities rather than mainly the geosciences. ‘The environment’ is now a keyword in everything from fisheries science to international relations to philosophical ethics to cultural studies. The Companion brings these subject areas, and their distinctive perspectives and contributions, together in one accessible volume. Over 150 short chapters written by leading international experts provide concise, authoritative and easy-to-use summaries of all the major and emerging topics dominating the field, while the seven part introductions situate and provide context for section entries. A gateway to deeper understanding is provided via further reading and links to online resources.

    Companion to Environmental Studies offers an essential one-stop reference to university students, academics, policy makers and others keenly interested in ‘the environmental question’, the answer to which will define the coming century.


    List of contributors




    Classic concepts

    Editorial introduction

    1.1 Adaptation Marcus Taylor

    1.2 Bioregionalism Richard Evanoff

    1.3 Conservation Chris Sandbrook

    1.4 Desertification Diana K. Davis

    1.5 Environment Sverker Sörlin

    1.6 Ecosystems Erle C. Ellis

    1.7 Environmental catastrophe Giovanni Bettini

    1.8 Ecological footprint William Rees

    1.9 The environmental Kuznets curve David I. Stern

    1.10 Gaia Karen Litfin

    1.11 The Jevons Paradox John M. Polimeni and Raluca I. Iorgulescu

    1.12 Nature R. Bruce Hull

    1.13 One world Volker M. Welter

    1.14 Overpopulation Eric D. Carter

    1.15 Precaution Tim O’Riordan and Rupert Read

    1.16 Risk Susan L. Cutter

    1.17 Resilience Jeremy Walker and Melinda Cooper

    1.18 The resource curse Michael J. Watts

    1.19 Scarcity and environmental limits Sara Nelson

    1.20 Stewardship Willis Jenkins

    1.21 Sustainable development Mark Whitehead

    1.22 The tragedy of the commons Kevin Ells

    1.23 Uncertainty Andy Stirling

    1.24 Vulnerability Morgan Scoville-Simonds and Karen O’Brien

    1.25 Wilderness Phillip Vannini

    Contemporary concepts

    Editorial introduction

    2.1 The Anthropocene Mark A. Maslin

    2.2 Biopolitics Kevin Grove

    2.3 Biosecurity Steve Hinchliffe

    2.4 Corporate environmental responsibility Christopher Wright

    2.5 The Earth System Clive Hamilton

    2.6 Ecosystem services Daniel Chiu Suarez and Jessica Dempsey

    2.7 Environmental governance Susan Baker

    2.8 Green democracy Amanda Machin

    2.9 Environmental security Jon Barnett

    2.10 Food systems Michael Carolan

    2.11 Green economy Les Levidow

    2.12 Green governmentality Stephanie Rutherford

    2.13 Hybridity Jacques Pollini

    2.14 Land grabbing Ian Scoones

    2.15 Metabolic rift Richard York

    2.16 Offsetting Heather Lovell

    2.17 Peak oil Michael Lynch

    2.18 Planetary boundaries Katherine Richardson

    2.19 Post-environmentalism Christopher Buck

    2.20 The social construction of nature Michael Ekers

    2.21 Symbolic environmental politics Megan Barry and Ingolfur Blühdorn

    2.22 Tipping points Chris Russill

    2.23 Wicked envrionmental problems Michael Thompson

    Classic approaches

    Editorial introduction

    3.1 Cultural theory Åsa Boholm

    3.2 Ecotheology Anne Marie Dalton

    3.3 Environmental anthropology Laura Rival

    3.4 Environmental economics Wim Carton

    3.5 Ecofeminism Greta Gaard

    3.6 Environmental ethics Ben A. Minteer

    3.7 Environmental geography John G. Hintz

    3.8 Environmental health Brian King

    3.9 Environmental history Stephen Mosley

    3.10 Environmental modelling Mark Mulligan

    3.11 Environmental sociology Riley E. Dunlap

    3.12 Environmental politics Shannon O’Lear

    3.13 Design, emotion, sustainability Jonathan Chapman

    3.14 Environmental law David Delaney

    3.15 Environmental management Chris Barrow

    3.16 Environmental philosophy Ned Hettinger

    3.17 Environmental planning Iain White

    3.18 Environmental psychology Patrick Devine-Wright

    3.19 Natural hazards research Greg Bankoff

    3.20 Science and technology studies Sergio Sismondo

    3.21 Social ecology Stephen M. Wheeler

    Contemporary approaches

    Editorial introduction

    4.1 Animal studies Jody Emel and Ilanah Taves

    4.2 Business studies and the environment Martina K. Linnenluecke and Tom Smith

    4.3 Environmentalism and creative writing Richard Kerridge

    4.4 Ecocriticism Greg Garrard

    4.5 Ecological Marxism Alf Hornborg

    4.6 Ecopoetry Samantha Walton

    4.7 Earth System Science Noel Castree

    4.8 Energy studies Benjamin K. Sovacool and Michael Jefferson

    4.9 Environmental discourse analysis Adrian Peace

    4.10 Environmental humanities Thom van Dooren

    4.11 Environmental image analysis Sidney I. Dobrin

    4.12 Environmental political economy Jennifer Clapp

    4.13 Environmental political theory John M. Meyer

    4.14 Political ecology Simon Batterbury

    4.15 Post-normal science Silvio Funtowitz and Jerome Ravetz

    4.16 Queer ecology Nicole Seymour

    4.17 Resilience science Manjana Milkoreit

    4.18 Sustainability science Thaddeus R. Miller

    4.19 Vulnerability science Thomas Webler

    4.20 Urban ecology Robert A. Francis

    Key topics: environmental challenges and changes

    Editorial introduction

    5.1 Anthropogenic climate change Alice Larkin

    5.2 Agro-food systems Colin Sage

    5.3 Biofuels Vaclav Smil

    5.4 Carbon budgets Róisín Moriarty

    5.5 Fire Joshua Whittaker

    5.6 Fisheries Charles Mather

    5.7 Forest resources William Nikolakis and Harry W. Nelson

    5.8 Floods Gemma Carr, Alberto Viglione and Magdalena Rogger

    5.9 Glaciers Jorge Daniel Taillant

    5.10 Land degradation and restoration Ilan Chabay

    5.11 Mining and the environment R. Anthony Hodge

    5.12 Oceans: climate change, marine ecosystems and fisheries Yoshitaka Ota and William W. L. Cheung

    5.13 The commons Fikret Berkes

    5.14 Transportation systems Tim Schwanen

    5.15 Volcanoes Susanna F. Jenkins and Sarah K. Brown

    5.16 Water resources Joseph Holden

    Key topics: human responses to environmental change

    Editorial introduction

    6.1 Corporate environmental responsibility Tomas Frederiksen

    6.2 Ecological modernisation Giorel Curran

    6.3 Ecotourism Robert Fletcher

    6.4 Ecological restoration Matthias Gross

    6.5 Environmentalism Marco Armiero

    6.6 Environmental art Harriet Hawkins and Anja Kanngieser

    6.7 Environmental fiction Joni Adamson

    6.8 Environmental celebrity Mike Goodman

    6.9 Environmental certification and standards Brooke Lahneman

    6.10 Environmental insecurity Peter Hough

    6.11 Environmental (in)justice David Schlosberg

    6.12 Environmental education Sarah Burch

    6.13 Environmental markets John O’Neill

    6.14 Environmental metaphor Brendon M.H. Larson

    6.15 Environmental migrants and refugees Romain Felli

    6.16 Environment and the news media Anders Hansen

    6.17 Environment and popular culture Alison Anderson

    6.18 Environmental policy James Palmer

    6.29 Environmental values Alan Holland

    6.20 Environmental science and public policy Maria Carmen Lemos and Katherine Browne

    6.21 Geoengineering Jack Stilgoe

    6.22 Green consumption Ivan R. Scales

    6.23 Greenwashing Frances Bowen

    6.24 Green technology James Meadowcroft

    6.25 Indigenous territorial rights Philippe Hanna and Frank Vanclay

    6.26 Indigenous knowledge systems Deborah MacGregor

    6.27 Institutions and natural resource management Tim Forsyth

    6.28 Privatizing environmental assets Wim Carton

    6.29 Sustainability transitions Frank W. Geels

    6.30 The Sustainable Development Goals David Griggs

    Key debates

    Editorial introduction

    7.1 Anthropocentrism Eileen Crist

    7.2 Biology and culture Maurizio Meloni

    7.3 Environmental science and politics Tim Forsyth

    7.4 Environmental behaviour change Stewart Barr

    7.5 Environmental citizenship Bronwyn Hayward

    7.6 Environmental conservation and restoration Jamie Lorimer

    7.7 Environment and economy Richard B. Norgaard

    7.8 Expert and lay environmental knowledges Carol Morris

    7.9 Gender and environment Sherilyn MacGregor

    7.10 Interdisciplinary environmental inquiry Lauren Rickards

    7.11 Multi-level environmental governance Andrew Jordan and David Benson

    7.12 International environmental institutions Frank Biermann

    7.13 Markets and governments in environmental policy Edward B. Barbier

    7.14 Nature and nurture Peter J. Taylor

    7.15 Population numbers and global demography Stephen G Warren

    7.16 Public engagement with environmental science Helen Pallett

    7.17 Race, nature and society Peter Wade

    7.18 Representation and reality Zoë Sofoulis

    7.19 Rewilding Steve Carver



    Noel Castree is Professor of Geography at the University of Manchester, UK.

    Mike Hulme is a Professor of Human Geography at the University of Cambridge, UK.

    James D. Proctor is Professor of Environmental Studies at Lewis & Clark College, USA.



    "Assembling the vast range of issues and approaches that encompass Environmental Studies, while uniting some of the finest thinkers in the field, all with original and fresh essays, is an extraordinary contribution. In an urgent moment, Castree, Hulme and Proctor have provided an unprecedented resource for students, scholars, and the interested public." - Paul Robbins, Director, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, University of Wisconsin - Madison, US