Geoffrey D. Dabelko is Professor and Associate Dean at the George V. Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs at Ohio University in Athens, OH. He teaches and conducts research on environment, peacebuilding, and security; global environmental politics; climate change and security; and environmental leadership. He is currently focusing on the conflict and peacebuilding potential of climate change responses and environmental peacebuilding. He co-directs the Ohio University National Capital Internship Program and the annual Environmental Peacebuilding and Sustainability study abroad program in the Balkans. From 2012-2018, he served as Director of the Environmental Studies Program.
Dabelko serves as a senior advisor to the Environmental Change and Security Program (ECSP), a nonpartisan policy forum on environment, population, and security issues at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. From 1997-2012, he served as director of ECSP, working with policymakers, practitioners, and scholars grappling with the complex connections that link environment, health, population, conflict, and security.
Dabelko has directed grants from a range of funders including the National Science Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the UN Environment Programme, and the U.S. Agency for International Development. He was principal investigator for USAID-funded efforts including the "Health, Environment, Livelihoods, Population and Security (HELPS) Project” and the "Resources for Peace Project.” He worked previously at Foreign Policy and the Council on Foreign Relations. He wassan adjunct professor at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey and lecturer at the Georgetown University Walsh School of Foreign Service.
Dabelko is co-editor of Green Planet Blues: Critical Perspectives on Global Environmental Politics (6th ed., forthcoming 2019) and Environmental Peacemaking (2002). He was a lead author for the 5th assessment of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Working Group II Chapter 12 on Human Security released in 2014. Other publications have appeared in Global Environmental Change, Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, Climatic Change, Global Governance, Security Dialogue, Environment, Grist and Ensia.
Dabelko is a member of the United Nations Environment Programme's Expert Advisory Group on Environment, Conflict, and Peacebuilding, a board member of the Environmental Peacebuilding Association, a board member of Population Reference Bureau, and an advisory board member of Screenscope's "Journey to Planet Earth" PBS documentary initiative. In 2018, Dabelko was the co-recipient with Ken Conca of the Fifth Al-Moumin Award and Distinguished Lecture on Environmental Peacebuilding.
Dabelko has a Ph.D. in government and politics from the University of Maryland, College Park and an AB in political science from Duke University.
- "G7: Climate Change, Security and Fragility as a Foreign Policy Priority" on The Center for Climate & Security
- Hear more from Dr. Geoffrey Dabelko in an interview on WOUB Conversations from Studio B with Tom Hodson by clicking here
- "New Report From Military Leaders Calls Climate Change 'Catalyst for Conflict'" on New Security Beat from the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
- "World Economic Forum Ranks Water Crises as Top Long-term Risk" on Circle of Blue
- "Trudeau’s White House Visit Sets Stage for U.S.-Canada Climate Cooperation" on New Security Beat from the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Ken Conca and Geoffrey D. Dabelko. 2018. "On Being a Trigger for Peace [PDF]" The Environmental Forum (July-August): 52-55.
Lukas Rüttinger, Dan Smith, Gerald Stang, Dennis Tänzler, Janani Vivekananda, Oli Brown, Alexander Carius, Geoff Dabelko, Roger-Mark De Souza, Shreya Mitra, Katharina Nett, Meaghan Parker, Benjamin Pohl. 2015. A New Climate for Peace: Taking Action on Climate and Fragility Risks. Berlin: adelphi, International Alert, Wilson Center, European Institute for Security Studies.
W.N. Adger, J.M. Pulhin, J. Barnett, G.D. Dabelko, G.K. Hovelsrud, M. Levy, Ú. Oswald Spring, and C.H. Vogel, 2014: Human security [PDF]. In: Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability. Part A: Global and Sectoral Aspects. Contribution of Working Group II to the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change [Field, C.B., V.R. Barros, D.J. Dokken, K.J. Mach, M.D. Mastrandrea, T.E. Bilir, M. Chatterjee, K.L. Ebi, Y.O. Estrada, R.C. Genova, B. Girma, E.S. Kissel, A.N. Levy, S. MacCracken, P.R. Mastrandrea, and L.L. White (eds.)]. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, United Kingdom and New York, NY, USA, pp. 755-791.
Francois Gemenne, Jon Barnett, Neil Adger, & Geoffrey D. Dabelko. 2014. “Climate and Security: Evidence, Emerging Risks, and a New Agenda” Climatic Change 123 (1): 1-9. [Guest co-editor of the special issue that this article opens.]
Benjamin Pohl, Alexander Carius, Ken Conca, Geoffrey Dabelko, Annika Kramer, David Michel, Sussane Schmeier, Ashok Swain, & Aaron Wolf. 2014. The Rise of Hydro-Diplomacy: Strengthening Foreign Policy for Transboundary Waters. Berlin: Adelphi.
Geoffrey D. Dabelko and Will Rogers. 2014. “Military-to-Military Cooperation on Environment and Natural Disasters: Engagement for Peacebuilding.” Governance, Natural Resources, and Post-Conflict Peacebuilding. Carl Bruch, Carroll Muffett, & Sandra S. Nichols, Eds. (London: Earthscan).
Neil Adger, Jon Barnett, & Geoffrey D. Dabelko. 2013. “Climate and War: A Call for More Research” Nature 498 (171).
Geoffrey D. Dabelko. 2013 “The Periphery Isn’t Peripheral: Addressing Future Trends through Integrated Analysis and Development.” In The Future Can’t Wait [PDF]: Over-the-Horizon Views on Development. Steve Gale and Sarah Jackson, Eds. (Washington, DC: Department of State, U.S. Agency for International Development, National Defense University, Woodrow Wilson Center): 88-93.
- Ken Conca and Geoffrey D. Dabelko, Eds. 2010. Green Planet Blues: Four Decades of Global Environmental Politics. (Boulder, CO: Westview).
- Geoffrey D. Dabelko. 2009. "Avoid Hyperbole, Oversimplificiation when Climate and Security Meet" Bulletin of Atomic Scientists (August 24).
- Geoffrey D. Dabelko. 2009. "Planning for Climate Change: The Security Community's Precautionary Principle" Climatic Change Vol 96 (1): 13.
- Kent Hughes Butts and Geoffrey D. Dabelko. 2009. "One Way to Boost US-China Military Cooperation" Christian Science Monitor (April 21).
- Geoffrey D. Dabelko. 2008. "An Uncommon Peace: Environment, Development, and the Global Security Agenda." Environment Vol. 50 (3): 32-45.
- Karin Bencala and Geoffrey D. Dabelko. 2008. "Water Wars: Obscuring Opportunities. [PDF]" Journal of International Affairs Vol. 61 (2): 21-33.
- Coleen Vogel, Susanne C. Moser, Roger E. Kasperson, and Geoffrey D. Dabelko. 2007. "Linking Vulnerability, Adaptation and Resilience Science to Practice: Players, Pathways and Partnerships." Global Environmental Change (17): 349–364.
- Geoffrey D. Dabelko. 2005. "Speaking their Language: How to Communicate Better with Policymakers and Opinion Shapers – and Why Academics Should Bother in the First Place" International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law, and Economics 5:4 (December): 381-386.
- Aaron T. Wolf, Annika Kramer, Alexander Carius and Geoffrey D. Dabelko "Managing Water Conflict and Cooperation", State of the World 2005: Redefining Global Security (Norton, 2005): 80-95.
- Ken Conca, Alexander Carius, and Geoffrey D. Dabelko. 2005. "Building Peace Through Environmental Cooperation," with Ken Conca and Alexander Carius, State of the World 2005: Redefining Global Security (Norton): 144-155.
- Alexander Carius and Geoffrey D. Dabelko. 2004. "Institutionalizing Responses to Environment, Conflict, and Cooperation," Understanding Environment, Conflict, and Cooperation [PDF] (Nairobi: United Nations Environment Programme): 21-33.
- Ken Conca and Geoffrey D. Dabelko, Eds. 2004. Green Planet Blues: Global Environmental Politics From Stockholm to Johannesburg, 3rd Ed, (Boulder, CO: Westview Press).
- Geoffrey D. Dabelko, Ed. Environmental Change and Security Program Report (annual journal).
- Ken Conca and Geoffrey D. Dabelko. 2002. "Environmental Peacemaking"(Washington and Baltimore: Woodrow Wilson Center Press and Johns Hopkins University Press).
- Geoffrey D. Dabelko. 1999. "The Environmental Factor," The Wilson Quarterly, 23:4 (Autumn,): 14-19.