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

2016-2017 Academic Year

Fall 2016

INST 290 Environment, Conflict & Peace
Cross-listed with ENST 311-01. What are the links between the environment, violent conflict and peace? This class examine the relationship between the environment and security. As such, the course examines four interrelated themes. First, we will discuss the emergence of the concept of environmental security and whether conventional notions of security are equipped to deal with environmental issues. Second, we will explore violent conflict -- a powerful driver of insecurity for nations, communities and individuals. We will examine and critique environmentally-induced conflicts which have been the subject of much interest and speculation in recent years. Specifically, we will scrutinize resource scarcity, resource abundance and political ecology approaches for explaining these events. Third, we will ask whether the environment and natural resources may actually be a catalyst for peace and peacebuilding. And fourth, we will examine the connection between climatic changes, security and violent conflict.

ENST 311 Environment, Conflict & Peace
Cross-listed with INST 290-05. What are the links between the environment, violent conflict and peace? This class examine the relationship between the environment and security. As such, the course examines four interrelated themes. First, we will discuss the emergence of the concept of environmental security and whether conventional notions of security are equipped to deal with environmental issues. Second, we will explore violent conflict -- a powerful driver of insecurity for nations, communities and individuals. We will examine and critique environmentally-induced conflicts which have been the subject of much interest and speculation in recent years. Specifically, we will scrutinize resource scarcity, resource abundance and political ecology approaches for explaining these events. Third, we will ask whether the environment and natural resources may actually be a catalyst for peace and peacebuilding. And fourth, we will examine the connection between climatic changes, security and violent conflict.

ENST 330 Environmental Policy
This course examines the effect of environmental policies on environmental quality, human health and/or the use of natural resources at local, national and international levels. It considers the ways scientific knowledge, economic incentives and social values merge to determine how environmental problems and solutions are defined, how risks are assessed and how and why decisions are made. The course examines a range of tools, processes and patterns inherent in public policy responses and covers issues ranging from air and water pollution and toxic and solid waste management to energy use, climate change and biodiversity protection. A combination of lectures, case studies, and field trips will be used. Prerequisite: 131 and 132 or 130, or permission of instructor.