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Geoffrey Dabelko, Ph.D.

Professor and Director, Environmental Studies
Senior Advisor, Environmental Change and Security Program, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

Environmental Studies
Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs


Dr. Dabelko’s current recent research and teaching focuses on climate change and security, environmental peacebuilding, water conflict and cooperation, and global environmental politics.

From 1997-2012, he served as director of the Environmental Change and Security Program, a nonpartisan policy forum on environment, population, and security issues at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. He continues as a senior advisor to the Wilson Center where he works closely with policymakers, practitioners, and scholars grappling with the complex connections that link environment, health, population, conflict, and security.

Dabelko worked previously at Foreign Policy and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and the Council on Foreign Relations. He is an adjunct professor at the Monterey Institute of International Studies and has taught at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service.

Dabelko is co-editor, with Ken Conca of American University, of Green Planet Blues: Four Decades of Global Environmental Politics (5th ed., 2014) and Environmental Peacemaking (2002). He is a lead author for the fifth assessment of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Working Group II Chapter 12 on Human Security. 

Dabelko is a member of the United Nations Environment Programme's Expert Advisory Group on Environment, Conflict, and Peacebuilding and an advisory board member of Screenscope's "Journey to Planet Earth" PBS documentary initiative. He is an editorial board member of Global Environmental Change and a contributing editor of Environment.

Dabelko has a Ph.D. in government and politics from the University of Maryland and an AB in political science from Duke University.

Dabelko's media placements include:

  • New York Times
  • Washington Post
  • Boston Globe
  • Newsweek
  • Wall Street Journal
  • Los Angeles Times
  • Diane Rehm Show
  • National Public Radio (NPR)
  • National Geographic
  • Christian Science Monitor
  • Chronicle of Higher Education
  • ABC News
  • CNN
  • CBC
  • BBC online
  • Climate Wire
  • Al Jazeera
  • The Huffington Post
  • To the Point with Warren Olney
  • WBEZ Chicago

Areas of Expertise

Climate Change, Climate Change Policies, Conflict and Security Studies, Environment and Foreign Policy, Environmental Peacebuilding, Environmental Security, Environmental Studies, International Development, Water

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