• Michele Betsill •


The Basics

Name: Michele Betsill
  • Political Science
Education: PhD University of Colorado (2000)
Role: Faculty
Position:  Professor
Concentration:  International Relations, Environmental Politics
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Contact Info

Phone: +1-970-491-5270
Office: Clark B350
Email: m.betsill@colostate.edu
Website:  http://egwg.colostate.edu


My research investigates the multiple ways in which global environmental issues are governed from the global to the local level across the public and private spheres, with a particular focus on questions of politics and authority. My current projects explore transnational environmental governance (with a focus on the issues of climate change and natural resource extraction), pathways to low-carbon transitions, and governing the water-energy nexus in dryland regions. My graduate students are doing research on accountability and legitimacy in transnational forest governance, integrating indigenous knowledge for adaptive governance of invasive species, environmental courts and tribunals as an instrument of global environmental governance, and organizational dimensions of transnational democracy. I am the founder and co-leader of the Environmental Governance Working Group at CSU, a multi-disciplinary research community of faculty and graduate students in the College of Liberal Arts and the Warner College of Natural Resources; a member of the Scientific Steering Committee for the Earth System Governance project; and co-editor of Global Environmental Change.

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