SEI and Key Researcher Publications: The Oxford Handbook of Environmental Political Theory

Prof David Schlosberg’s (ed.) latest book on the intersection of political theory and environmental politics has been published.


Professor David Schlosberg, Co-Director of the Sydney Environment Institute, is one of four editors alongside Teena Gabrielson, Associate Professor, University of Wyoming, Cheryl Hall, Associate Professor, University of South Florida and John M. Meyer, Professor, Humboldt State University in Arcata, California to have recently published The Oxford Handbook of Environmental Political Theory. With more than 40 contributors – distinguished political scientists from across the globe – this publication “defines, illustrates, and challenges the field of environmental political theory (EPT)”.


Featuring contributions from distinguished political scientists working in this field, this volume addresses canonical theorists and contemporary environmental problems with a diversity of theoretical approaches. The initial volume focuses on EPT as a field of inquiry, engaging both traditions of political thought and the academy. In the second section, the handbook explores conceptualizations of nature and the environment, as well as the nature of political subjects, communities, and boundaries within our environments. A third section addresses the values that motivate environmental theorists — including justice, responsibility, rights, limits, and flourishing — and the potential conflicts that can emerge within, between, and against these ideals. The final section examines the primary structures that constrain or enable the achievement of environmental ends, as well as theorizations of environmental movements, citizenship, and the potential for on-going environmental action and change.

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