Routledge Handbook of Environmental Conflict and Peacebuilding

Routledge Handbook of Environmental Conflict and Peacebuilding

Source: Routledge, 2018

Author(s): Ashok Swain and Joakim Öjendal

Countries: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Burma, Cambodia, Columbia, Ethiopia, Ivory Coast, Nepal, Rwanda

Topics: Conflict Prevention, Governance

Added: 20/04/2017


The past two decades have witnessed the emergence of a large body of research examining the linkage between environmental scarcity, violent conflict and cooperation. However, this environmental security polemic is still trying to deliver a well-defined approach to achieving peace. Studies are being undertaken to find the precise pathways by which cooperative actions are expected not only to pre-empt or moderate resource conflicts but also to help diffuse cooperative behaviour to other disputed issues. The recognition that environmental resources can contribute to violent conflict accentuates their potential significance as pathways for cooperation and the consolidation of peace in post-conflict societies.


Conceived as a single and reliable reference source which will be a vital resource for students, researchers and policy makers alike, the Routledge Handbook of Environmental Conflict and Peacebuilding presents a wide range of chapters written by key thinkers in the field, organised into four key Parts:


  • Part I: Theories of environmental conflict and peacebuilding;


  • Part II: Thematic approaches (scarcity / resource / interventions / resilience / development etc.);


  • Part III: Case studies (Rwanda, Ethiopia, Burma, Nepal, Columbia, Ivory Coast, Bosnia, Cambodia);


  • Part IV: Analytical challenges and future-oriented perspectives.


Enabling the reader to find a concise expert review on topics that are most likely to arise in the course of conducting research or policy making, this volume presents a truly global overview of the key issues and debates in environmental conflict and peacebuilding.


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