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Curriculum Vitae



Jesse Ribot is a Professor of Geography with appointments in the School of Natural Resources and Environmental Studies, the Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory, Women and Gender in Global Perspectives (WGGP), the Beckman Institute, and is Director of the campus-wide Social Dimensions of Environmental Policy Initiative (SDEP). He is also on the faculty of China Agricultural University in Beijing. He is also a co-director and co-founder of the Initiative on Climate Adaptation Research and Understanding through the Social Sciences (ICARUS). Before coming to Illinois Ribot was a Senior Associate in the Institutions and Governance program at the World Resources Institute from 1999-08. He has been a visiting professor in Politics at the New School for Social Research in New York, and a or fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Yale Program in Agrarian Studies, Center for the Critical Analysis of Contemporary Culture at Rutgers, and was a MacArthur Fellow at the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies. From 1991-94 he was a lecturer in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT. He also advises foreign governments and international development agencies.

Research Areas
Paleoclimate, Climate & Climate Change
Environmental Studies & Policy
Urban and Political Geography

Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley
M.S., University of California at Berkeley

Selected Publications
  • "Participation Without Representation: Chiefs, Councils and Forestry Law in the West African Sahel." The Participation Reader. . London: Zed Books, 2011.
  • "Access over Authority: Recentralizing Benefits in Senegal’s Forestry Decentralization." Politics of Possession. Property, Authority, and Access to Natural Resources. . London: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010.
  • "Climate Variation, Vulnerability and Sustainable Development in the Semi-Arid Tropics." The Earthscan Reader on Adaptation to Climate Change. . London: 2009.
  • "Access Matters: The Little Man with the Big Stone – A commodity chain analysis on the case of Chinese fir in P County, Hunan Province, China." Discussion Paper 62. 2010.
  • GEOG 466: Environmental Policy