1st Edition

Routledge Handbook of Environmental Security

    362 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    362 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The Routledge Handbook on Environmental Security provides a comprehensive, accessible, and sophisticated overview of the field of environmental security.

    The volume outlines the defining theories, major policy and programming interventions, and applied research surrounding the relationship between the natural environment and human and national security. Through the use of large-scale research and ground-level case analyses from across the globe, it details how environmental factors affect human security and contribute to the onset and continuation of violent conflict. It also examines the effects of violent conflict on the social and natural environment and the importance of environmental factors in conflict resolution and peacebuilding.

    Organized around the conflict cycle, the handbook is split into four thematic sections:

    • Section I: Environmental factors contributing to conflict;

    • Section II: The environment during conflict;

    • Section III: The role of the environment in post-conflict peacebuilding; and

    • Section IV: Cross-cutting themes and critical perspectives.

    This handbook will be essential reading for students of environmental studies, human security, global governance, development studies, and international relations in general.

    1. Introduction

    Richard A. Matthew and Evgenia Nizkorodov

    2. Defining Environmental Peacebuilding

    Carl Bruch, David Jensen, and Monica Emma

    Section I: Environmental Factors Contributing to Conflict

    3. The Geography(ies) of Resource Wars

    Michael T. Klare

    4. Extractives as a Contributor to Conflict

    Philippe Le Billon

    5. Land Rights and Land Use as a Contributor to Conflict

    Jon D. Unruh

    6. Unpacking the Complexity of Water, War and Conflict

    Vandana Asthana

    7. Climate Change as a Contributor to Conflict

    Alec Crawford and Clare Church

    Section II: The Environment during Conflict

    8. Environmental Destruction during War

    Charles Closmann

    9. The Toxic Legacy of War: Landmines and Explosive Remnants of War

    Kenneth R. Rutherford and Paige Ober

    10. The Environmental Spoils of War

    Paivi Lujala, Ashley Hooper, and Maureen J. Purcell

    11. Population Displacement and the Environment during War

    Evgenia Nizkorodov and Paroma Wagle

    12. Natural Disasters and Armed Conflict

    Colin Walch

    13. Climate Change, Public Health and the Conflict Cycle

    James Orbinski, Richard A. Matthew, Evgenia Nizkorodov, and Sifat Reazi

    Section III: The Role of the Environment in Post-Conflict Peacebuilding

    14. Natural Resource Governance Reform and Environmental Peacebuilding

    Michael D. Beevers

    15. Urban Dimensions of Peacebuilding: Green Infrastructure in Kigali, Rwanda and Freetown, Sierra Leone as a Means for More Resilient Peace

    Bemmy Maharramli

    16. Peace Parks in Theory and Practice: Confronting the Elephant in the Room

    Larry A. Swatuk

    17. Integrating Climate Change Adaptation into Peacebuilding

    Richard A. Matthew

    18. A Paradigm for Actionable and Accessible Local Flood Hazard Information

    Brett F. Sanders, Richard A. Matthew, Adam Luke, Kristen Goodrich, Victoria Basolo, Ana Eguiarte, Danielle Boudreau, and David L. Feldman

    Section IV: Cross-Cutting Themes and Critical Perspectives

    19. Securitizing the Environment

    Rita Floyd

    20. Environmental Security Discourse in the Anthropocene

    Simon Dalby

    21. The Environment and Human Security: a Water-Food-Energy Nexus Approach

    Florian Krampe, Anders Jägerskog, and Ashok Swain

    22. The Environmental Security Debate in Nepal: A Perspective from the South

    Bishnu Raj Upreti and Evgenia Nizkorodov

    23. Environmental Peacebuilding at the Tijuana-San Diego Border

    Kristen A. Goodrich and Kyle Haines

    24. Gender and Environmental Security

    Silja Halle

    25. UN Environment’s Contribution to the Emerging Field of Environmental Peacebuilding: Key Policy Milestones and Lessons Learned

    David Jensen and Amanda Kron

    26. Conclusion

    Evgenia Nizkorodov and Richard Matthew


    Richard Matthew is Professor of Urban Planning, Public Policy, and Political Science and Associate Dean of Research and International Programs at the University of California, Irvine, USA.

    Evgenia Nizkorodov is a research fellow at the University of California, Irvine Blum Center for Poverty Alleviation, USA.

    Crystal Murphy is Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the MA International Studies program at Chapman University, USA.