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Ken Conca is a professor of International Relations in the School of International Service at American University. His research focuses on environment, conflict, and peacebuilding; water politics and governance; the political economy of climate adaptation; and the UN system. Dr. Conca is a two-time recipient of the International Studies Association’s Harold and Margaret Sprout Award for best book on international environmental affairs and a recipient of the Chadwick Alger Prize for best book in the field of International Organization.

He is also the 2017 recipient of the Al-Moumin Environmental Peacebuilding Award, which recognizes thought leaders on the links between environmental change, conflict, and peace.

He is a member of UN Environment’s Expert Advisory Group on Conflict and Peacebuilding, and served previously on the Scientific Steering Committee on Global Environmental Change and Human Security for the International Human Dimensions Program on Global Environmental Change.

His most recent books are An Unfinished Foundation: The United Nations and Global Environmental Governance (Oxford University Press) and The Oxford Handbook of Water Politics and Policy (editor, with Erika Weinthal). Dr. Conca earned his Ph.D. from the Energy and Resources Group at the University of California, Berkeley.


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