Prakash Kashwan is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and Co-Director of the Economic and Social Rights Research Group at the Human Rights Institute, at the University of Connecticut, Storrs.
He was awarded a Ph.D. in Public Policy (2011) from the School of Public & Environmental Affairs, Indiana University, Bloomington with specializations in International Environmental Policy and Research Methods.
Dr. Kashwan’s research, scholarship, and teaching focuses on climate justice, global climate governance, international and environmental policy & politics, and political economy of development. In these endeavors he build on his over two-decade-long engagements with questions of global and international environmental governance, including a first career in international development (1999-2005). He was among the winners of 2009 Young Scientist Research Award from the International Foundation for Science (IFS), Stockholm.
He is the author of Democracy in the Woods: Environmental Conservation and Social Justice in India, Tanzania, and Mexico (Oxford University Press, 2017) and of various articles published in Ecological Economics, Regional Environmental Change, Land Use Policy, Journal of Environmental Management, International Journal of the Commons, Journal of Theoretical Politics, Global Environmental Politics, Global Transitions, Sustainability, and World Development, among others. He has also contributed popular commentaries to The Conversation, the Washington Post, and the Guardian, among others. He is now working on his second book-length project on global and international policy responses to climate justice.
A major new research project entitled, “Institutions and Policy Networks for Climate Justice Amidst Rapid Urbanization in the Global South” aims to develop a theoretically grounded and policy-relevant approach for researching institutional development for climate-resilient and socially just urbanization in the global South. Additionally, it seeks to develop methodological tools to integrate institutional analysis and Social Network Analysis (SNA) for an analysis of urban climate justice. This research project is supported by a Research Excellence Program award from the Office of the Vice President for Research, University of Connecticut.
Dr. Kashwan co-convenes the Climate Justice Network (with Professor Lauren MacLean of Indiana University, Bloomington ). He is an Associate Editor of the journal Progress in Development Studies (Sage Publishing), a Senior Research Fellow of the Earth System Governance Project’s and a member of its newly formed Task Force on Planetary Justice. He was also a member of the Academic Working Group on International Governance of Climate Engineering convened by the Forum for Climate Engineering Assessment, Washington D.C.
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