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Geoffrey D. Dabelko is Professor and 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 has directed grants from a range of funders including the National Science Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the UN Environment Programme, and the U.S. Agency for International Development. He was principal investigator for USAID-funded efforts including the “Health, Environment, Livelihoods, Population and Security (HELPS) Project” and the “Resources for Peace Project.” He worked previously at Foreign Policy and the Council on Foreign Relations. He wassan adjunct professor at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey and lecturer at the Georgetown University Walsh School of Foreign Service.
Dabelko is co-editor of Green Planet Blues: Critical Perspectives on Global Environmental Politics (6th ed., forthcoming 2019) 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.