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Routledge Handbook of Environmental Conflict and Peacebuilding

ISBN 9780367521523
Published June 30, 2020 by Routledge
362 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations

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The past two decades have witnessed the emergence of a large body of research examining the linkage between environmental scarcity, violent conflict, and cooperation. However, this environmental security polemic is still trying to deliver a well-defined approach to achieving peace. Studies are being undertaken to find the precise pathways by which cooperative actions are expected not only to pre-empt or moderate resource conflicts but also to help diffuse cooperative behaviour to other disputed issues. The recognition that environmental resources can contribute to violent conflict accentuates their potential significance as pathways for cooperation and the consolidation of peace in post-conflict societies.

Conceived as a single and reliable reference source which will be a vital resource for students, researchers, and policy makers alike, the Routledge Handbook of Environmental Conflict and Peacebuilding presents a wide range of chapters written by key thinkers in the field, organised into four key parts:

  • Part I: Review of the concept and theories;
  • Part II: Review of thematic approaches (resources, scarcity, intervention, adaptation, and peacebuilding);

  • Part III: Case studies (Middle East, Iraq, Jordan, Liberia, Nepal, Colombia, Philippines);
  • Part IV: Analytical challenges and future-oriented perspectives.

Enabling the reader to find a concise expert review on topics that are most likely to arise in the course of conducting research or policy making, this volume presents a truly global overview of the key issues and debates in environmental conflict and peacebuilding.

Table of Contents

1. Environmental Conflict and peacebuilding: An Introduction
Ashok Swain & Joakim Öjendal

Part I Review of the Concept and Theories

2. Environment and Conflict
James R. Lee
3. Transnational Environmental Crime
Peter Stoett
4. Climate Change and Environmental Conflicts
Simon Dalby
5. Environmental Pathways to Peace
Ken Conca and Michael D. Beevers
6. Environment, Climate Change, and Peace
Randall Amster

Part II Review of Thematic Approaches

7. Post-War Environmental Peacebuilding: Navigating Renewable and Non-Renewable Resources
Erika Weinthal and McKenzie Johnson
8. Depoliticisation, Water, and Environmental Peacebuilding
Karin Aggestam
9. Climate Change Adaptation and Peacebuilding
Richard A. Matthew
10. Environmental Peacebuilding and the United Nations
David Jensen and Amanda Kron
11. Revisiting Securitization: An Empirical Analysis Of Environment and Natural Resource Provisions in United Nations Security Council Resolutions, 1946–2016
Peter Aldinger, Carl Bruch, and Sofia Yazykova

Part III Case Studies

12. Environmental Peacebuilding in the Middle East
Tobias Ide, Vakur Sümer, and Larissa M. Aldehoff
13. Environmental Peacebuilding in Iraq: Restoring the Iraqi Marshes and the Ancient Kahrez Systems in the Northern Governorates
Hannah Moosa
14. Are there limits to environmental peacebuilding? A critical reflection on water cooperation in the Jordan Basin
Anders Jägerskog
15. Environmental Peacebuilding in Liberia
Michael D. Beevers
16. Environmental Peacebuilding in Nepal: Lessons From Nepal’s Micro-Hydropower Projects
Florian Krampe
17. Environmental Peacebuilding in Post-Conflict Colombia
Pedro Valenzuela and Servio Caicedo
18. From curse to blessing – How natural resources affect peace and conflict in the Philippines
Colin Walch

Part IV Analytical Challenges and Future-oriented Perspectives

19. Environmental Conflict and Peacebuilding in Africa: Connecting Resources, Issues, and Ongoing Governance Initiatives
Timothy Adivilah Balag'kutu, Jeremiah O. Asaka, Linda Holcombe, Jason J. McSparren, and Stacy D. VanDeveer
20. The role of water diplomacy in peace building
Maria Vink
21. Climate Diplomacy and Peace
Dennis Tänzler
22. The Role of the Military in Environmental Peace-building
Saleem H. Ali and Rebecca Pincus
23. Environmental Resource Governance and Peace: A Critical Review
Larry Swatuk


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Ashok Swain is a Professor of Peace and Conflict Research, UNESCO Chair of International Water Cooperation, and Director of the Research School of International Water Cooperation at Uppsala University, Sweden. He has written extensively on new security challenges and democratic development issues. 

Joakim Öjendal is Professor of Peace and Development Research at the School of Global Studies, University of Gothenburg, Sweden. He has been researching water management for twenty years and has published widely within water management as well as within regionalisation in East and Southeast Asia, and has been specialising in Cambodia studies.


"Professor Swain and Professor Öjendal have assembled the essential reader on environmental security with its leading contributors and accessible presentation. The handbook weaves together the distinct components of this complex topic in ways that are analytically sound and practically useful." Geoff Dabelko, Professor, Ohio University; and Senior Advisor, Environmental Change and Security Program, Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington, DC, USA

"The relationships between environment and conflict, both interstate and intra-state, have become crucial topics of scholarly analysis in recent years. Ashok Swain and Joakim Öjendal, through this valuable handbook, offer one of the best compendiums for anyone interested in this crucial subject matter. The scholars and topics they have assembled will make this a great resource for years to come." T.V. Paul, James McGill Professor of international Relations, McGill University, Canada