About CJRP

Members of the Climate Justice Research Project (l-r): Dr. Gerardo Gambirazzio, Dr. Jerome Whitington, Lauren Gifford, Dr. Michael K. Dorsey

The Climate Justice Research Project at Dartmouth College looks at the intersection of climate change, economic disparities and development pathways. Our team of researchers, post-docs and undergraduate students is lead by Professor Michael K. Dorsey of Dartmouth College’s Environmental Studies Department.

The project has three primary goals:

– Produce scholarly and critical policy information, as well as comparative data about the impacts of climate change on the livelihoods of low income and marginalized people in the U.S.

– Support post-doctoral and research fellows to undertake active research projects on climate justice policy solutions while working in close collaboration with affected communities.

– Coordinate and facilitate a series of regular strategic policy discussions and seminars among project staff, policymakers and representatives of affected communities. These seminars would become a standing forum to exchange information and develop new policy directions for more equitable climate and energy policy.

Listen in on Professor Dorsey’s recent pod-cast discussing the Ford Foundation supported initiative to deepen and expand the work on emerging carbon markets in the US and abroad. Listen to the podcast via this link:


About the team:

Dr. Michael K. Dorsey is Assistant Professor in Environmental Studies at Dartmouth College (USA). He holds degrees from the University of Michigan, School of Natural Resources and Environment; Yale’s Forestry School & the Anthropology Department at The Johns Hopkins University. Dorsey researches environmental (in)justice at local to global scales; focusing on resource management conflicts. Currently he is writing a volume examining bio-commerce in Ecuador’s Upper Amazon basin. Dorsey teaches courses on the above as well as on global environmental policy issues. Dorsey has also taught at: the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen (Netherlands); Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan (Sweden); and University of Witswaterstrand (South Africa). In 1992, he was a member of the U.S. State Department Delegation to the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development, “The Earth Summit.”


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