Faculty Profile

Michael Beevers

Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies (2011)

Contact Information

beeversm@dickinson.edu

Kaufman Building Room 106
717.254.8036

Bio

His interests include environmental policy, global environmental politics, environmental security, development, globalization, peacebuilding and African Politics. His current research examines environmental and natural resource governance in war-torn societies - with a particular focus on forests, diamonds and minerals in Liberia and Sierra Leone. He has worked as a research associate at Princeton University and as a consultant for the United Nations Environment Programme and World Resources Institute. He was also a Peace Corps volunteer in Niger.

Education

  • B.S., Western Illinois University, 1993
  • M.S., M.P.A., University of Washington, 2004
  • Ph.D., University of Maryland, 2011

2017-2018 Academic Year

Fall 2017

ENST 311 Global Env Chg & Hum Sec
Permission of Instructor Required.Part of the Climate Change and Human Security Mosaic. Despite the fact that most of the world’s seven billion people are living longer, consuming more and getting better educated, many people on the planet have paradoxically become much less secure due to the scale of consumption and pollution in today’s carbon-based societies. Global environmental changes – deforestation, losses of biodiversity, land degradation, the depletion of fish stocks, water pollution and scarcity, toxic contamination and climate change -- are felt worldwide and the sites of resource consumption are located a world away the sites of resource extraction. This course examines the two most prominent ways in which global environmental change undermines human security. First, we will focus on how environmental change may induce conflict because violent conflict is a powerful source of human insecurity. Second, we will examine the ways in which environmental change undermines human security by putting at risk people’s basic needs, human rights and the things they value in order to lead dignified lives. Examining the links between environmental change and human security allows us to examine questions of human vulnerability, the dynamics of conflict, cooperation and peace, equity and justice and sustainable development. The class will engage with academic debates in the field along with practical, policy relevant information.

SUST 550 Sustainability Independent Res
Permission of Instructor RequiredPart of the Climate Change and Human Security Mosaic.

ENST 550 Independent Research
Permission of Instructor RequiredPart of the Climate Change and Human Security Mosaic.

SOCI 550 Independent Research
Permission of Instructor RequiredPart of the Climate Change and Human Security Mosaic.

INST 550 Independent Research
Permission of Instructor RequiredPart of the Climate Change and Human Security Mosaic.