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Geoffrey D. Dabelko

Senior Advisor, Environmental Change and Security Program
Environmental Change and Security Program

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Expertise:
Environment
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Biodiversity
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Climate
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Environmental Peacebuilding
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Environmental Security
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Forests
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Water
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Global Health
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Environmental Health
;
Population
Affiliation:
Director of Environmental Studies, Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs, Ohio University

Geoffrey D. Dabelko is director of environmental studies at Ohio University’s Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs. He joined the School in August 2012 and was previously director of the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Environmental Change and Security Program. He remains a senior advisor to the Environmental Change and Security Program and is also an adjunct professor at the Monterey Institute of International Studies.

For more than 20 years, he has brought together policymakers, practitioners, journalists, and scholars grappling with complex links among environment, population, development, conflict, and security. His current research focuses on climate change, natural resources, and security as well as environmental pathways to confidence- and peace-building, with a special emphasis on water resources.

Geoff has held prior positions with the Council on Foreign Relations, Foreign Policy, and Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. He currently works on two Wilson Center efforts supported by USAID: the Health, Environment, Livelihoods, Population, and Security (HELPS) Project and the Resources for Peace Project. Geoff is co-editor with Ken Conca of Environmental Peacemaking and Green Planet Blues: Four Decades of Global Environmental Politics (4th edition). He is an IPCC lead author for the 5th assessment (Working Group II, Chapter 12), and member of the UN Environment Programme’s Expert Advisory Group on Environment, Conflict, and Peacebuilding. He holds an AB in political science from Duke University and a Ph.D. in government and politics from the University of Maryland.

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