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Richard A. Matthew is a Professor of Planning, Policy and Design and Political Science at the University of California at Irvine. He is also the founding Director of the Center for Unconventional Security Affairs (www.cusa.uci.edu) and co-Principal Investigator of the FloodRISE Project (http://floodrise.uci.edu). He studies the environmental dimensions of conflict and peacebuilding and has done extensive field work in conflict zones in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. His research is widely diffused beyond academic outlets to support the efforts of practitioners in the conservation and humanitarian communities.
He is a Senior Fellow at the International Institute for Sustainable Development and a senior member of the UNEP Expert Group on Environment, Conflict and Peacebuilding. He has served on several UN missions, including two that he led to Sierra Leone, and he was the lead author of the UN policy report, From Conflict to Peacebuilding: The Role of Natural resources and the Environment, and the UN technical report, Sierra Leone: Environment, Conflict and Peacebuilding Assessment. He has over 160 publications, including Environmental Security: Approaches and Issues (Routledge 2013) with Rita Floyd, and Global Environmental Change and Human Security (MIT Press 2010) with Jon Barnett, Bryan McDonald and Karen O’Brien. He recently edited a four volume set entitled Environmental Security that will be published by Sage in late 2014.
- Mark Halle reflects on whether the term "sustainable development" still has currencyMark Halle reflects on whether the term "sustainable development," in use for the past 23 years, still has currency, why sustainability...
- Conflict-Sensitive Conservation: Practitioners' ManualThe Albertine Rift is one of the most biodiverse and ecologically unique regions of Africa. Sadly it has also been the site of some of the world's most violent conflicts in recent history. This turbulent context can pose a range of risks and opportunities to conservationists who are managing resources that can be both a seed of conflict and foundation for peace-building.
- From Conflict to Peacebuilding: The role of natural resources and the environmentSince 1990 at least eighteen violent conflicts have been fuelled by the exploitation of natural resources. In fact, recent research suggests that over the last sixty years at least forty per cent of all intrastate conflicts have a link to natural resources.
- Microfinance and Climate Change AdaptationClimate change is understood as a threat to which the poor are acutely vulnerable. Microfinance services (MFS) are recognized as tools for helping...
- Surviving in a Changing World: Environment, Security and Microfinance IISD Environment and Security Team members Richard Matthew and Anne Hammill have written an article for the Spring 2006 issue of Green Cross...
- Conserving the Peace: Resources, Livelihoods and SecurityIn 2000, IISD and IUCN convened an international Task Force of leading experts to assess the linkages between environment and security and to begin converting what has largely been an academic debate into tools for conservation planning. The Task Force subsequently commissioned a number of case studies from around the world that illustrate the linkages between environment and security.