Erika Weinthal

Erika Weinthal

Lee Hill Snowdon Professor of Environmental Policy

Coordinator for International Programs in the Nicholas School

Dr. Weinthal specializes in global environmental politics and environmental security with a particular emphasis on water and energy. Current areas of research include (1) global environmental politics and governance, (2) environmental conflict and peacebuilding, (3) the political economy of the resource curse, and (4) climate change adaptation. Dr. Weinthal’s research spans multiple geographic regions, including the Soviet successor states, the Middle East, South Asia, East Africa, and North America. Dr. Weinthal is author of State Making and Environmental Cooperation: Linking Domestic Politics and International Politics in Central Asia (MIT Press 2002), which received the 2003 Chadwick Alger Prize and the 2003 Lynton Keith Caldwell Prize. She has co-authored Oil is not a Curse (Cambridge University Press 2010) and co-edited Water and Post-Conflict Peacebuilding (Earthscan Press, 2014) and The Oxford Handbook on Water Politics and Policy (Oxford University Press 2018). She is a member of the UNEP Expert Group on Conflict and Peacebuilding and a co-editor of Global Environmental Politics. In 2017 she was a recipient of the Women Peacebuilders for Water Award under the auspices of “Fondazione Milano per Expo 2015”. 

In The News


Paul, C. J., and E. Weinthal. “The development of Ethiopia's Climate Resilient Green Economy 2011–2014: implications for rural adaptation.” Climate and Development 11, no. 3 (March 16, 2019): 193–202.
Weinthal, E., and J. Sowers. “Targeting infrastructure and livelihoods in the West Bank and Gaza.” International Affairs 95, no. 2 (March 1, 2019): 319–40.
Bernstein, S., M. Hoffmann, and E. Weinthal. “Introduction.” Global Environmental Politics 19, no. 1 (February 1, 2019): 1–3.
Neville, K. J., J. Cook, J. Baka, K. Bakker, and E. S. Weinthal. “Can shareholder advocacy shape energy governance? The case of the US antifracking movement.” Review of International Political Economy 26, no. 1 (January 2, 2019): 104–33.
Baka, J., A. Hesse, E. Weinthal, and K. Bakker. “Environmental Knowledge Cartographies: Evaluating Competing Discourses in U.S. Hydraulic Fracturing Rule-Making.” Annals of the American Association of Geographers, January 1, 2019.

Recent Grants


HISTORY 488S: Capstone: Research in Human Rights (HISTORY 488S: Capstone: Research in Human Rights)
ENVIRON 600K: Key Areas in International Environmental Policy (ENVIRON 600K: Key Areas in International Environmental Policy)
ENERGY 795: Connections in Energy: Interdisciplinary Team Projects (ENERGY 795: Connections in Energy: Interdisciplinary Team Projects)
ICS 229S: Environment and Conflict: The Role of the Environment in Conflict and Peacebuilding (ICS 229S: Environment and Conflict: The Role of the Environment in Conflict and Peacebuilding)
ENVIRON 593: Independent Studies and Projects (ENVIRON 593: Independent Studies and Projects)

Contact Information

Box 90328
Durham, NC 27708-0328
9 Circuit Drive, Environment Hall 4119
Durham, NC 27708


Ph.D., Columbia University (1998)
M.Phil., Columbia University (1994)
B.A., Oberlin College (1989)