Social Theory and the Environment in the New World (dis)Order
Special issue of Global Environmental Change

David A. Sonnenfeld and Arthur P.J. Mol, eds.

Vol. 21, No. 3, August 2011, Elsevier

Natan Dotan is a doctoral student in sociology at Columbia University, New York, USA. He holds a B.A. in biology and an M.A. in sociology, both from the University of Chicago. His dissertation research, tentatively entitled "Imaged Cities", is a quantitative network analysis of the role of global imaginaries in shaping urban development.

Philip McMichael is a Professor of Development Sociology at Cornell University. He has authored Settlers and the Agrarian Question (1984), and Development and Social Change: A Global Perspective (2008); and edited The Global Restructuring of Agro-Food Systems (1994); New Directions in the Sociology of Global Development (2005), and Contesting Development: Critical Struggles for Social Change (2010). Current research is on the global agrarian question, focusing on the land grab and food sovereignty movements.

Arthur P. J. Mol is Chair and Professor in Environmental Policy in the Department of Social Sciences at Wageningen University, the Netherlands. He is also Director of the Wageningen School of Social Sciences, the Netherlands; Professor in Environmental Policy at the School of Environment and Natural Resources, Renmin University, China; and joint editor of Environmental Politics. He has worked extensively on social theory and the environment, globalization, ecological modernization, sustainable production, and in regions as diverse as the EU, Southeast and East Asia and East Africa. His latest books are Environmental Reform in the Information Age (2008, CUP), and The Ecological Modernisation Reader (with David Sonnenfeld and Gert Spaargaren, Routledge, 2009).

Luigi Pellizzoni is Professor of Sociology of the Environment in the Department of Political and Social Sciences, at the University of Trieste, Italy; and teaches as well at the Venice University for Architecture and Planning (IUAV). His research focuses on risk, environment, sustainability and technoscience; participation, deliberative democracy and institutional change. He is experienced on environmental and technological issues such as GMOs, electromagnetic fields, food risk, and chemical and natural hazards. Among his many publications are a number of books, including: Conflitti ambientali. Esperti, politica, istituzioni nelle controversie ecologiche (ed.), Il Mulino, 2011; Sociologia dell’ambiente (with G. Osti), Il Mulino, 2008 (second edition); La deliberazione pubblica, (ed.), Meltemi, 2005; and Il rischio ambientale (with B. De Marchi and D. Ungaro), Il Mulino, 2001.

J. Timmons Roberts is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Center for Environmental Studies at Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, USA.  His research focuses on international justice issues raised by climate change, and especially the role of foreign assistance in addressing them.  He is part of the compilation project on foreign assistance, of, a new consortium of NGOs focused on the issue, and of, a web portal of information about Latin America and climate change.  He is co-author of six books including A Climate of Injustice: Global Inequality, North-South Politics, and Climate Policy (2007, MIT Press), and 70 articles and book chapters.  

Saskia Sassen is Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology, and co-chair of the Committee on Global Thought, at Columbia University, New York, NY, USA. She is a Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and of the National Academy of Sciences Panel on Cities. Among her most notable publications are Territory, Authority, Rights: From Medieval to Global Assemblages (2008), Cities in a World Economy (2003), and The Global City: New York, London, Tokyo (2001). She has written for The Guardian, The New York Times, Le Monde Diplomatique, the International Herald Tribune, Newsweek International, Vanguardia, Clarin, and the Financial Times, among others.

David A. Sonnenfeld is Professor of Sociology and Environmental Policy in the Dept. of Environmental Studies at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, in Syracuse, New York, USA; and Research Associate, Environmental Policy Group, Wageningen University, the Netherlands. Among his more recent publications are a Symposium on "Globalisation and Environmental Governance: Is Another World Possible?" Global Environmental Change 18 (3); and Challenging the Chip: Labor Rights and Environmental Justice in the Global Electronics Industry (with Ted Smith and David Naguib Pellow, eds., Temple Univ. Press, 2006).

Gert Spaargaren is a Senior Researcher and Professor of Environmental Policy for Sustainable Lifestyles and Consumption at Wageningen University. His main research interests and publications are in the field of environmental sociology, sustainable consumption and behaviour, and the globalisation of environmental reform. His latest books are The Ecological Modernisation Reader (with Arthur Mol and David Sonnenfeld, eds., Routledge, 2009) and Food in a Sustainable World: Transitions in the Consumption, Retail and Production of Food (with Peter Oosterveer and Anne Loeber, eds., Routledge, 2011).

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