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: Ownership Structure and Institutions in Soviet Successor States (Cambridge University Press 2010) and has co-edited, Water and Post-conflict Peacebuilding: Shoring Up Peace (Routledge/Earthscan Press, 2014). She is a member of the UNEP Expert Group on Conflict and Peacebuilding. Dr. Weinthal is also an Editor at 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


O’Neill, K, Weinthal, E, and Hunnicutt, P. "Seeing complexity: visualization tools in global environmental politics and governance." Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences 7, no. 4 (December 2017): 490-506.

Neville, KJ, Baka, J, Gamper-Rabindran, S, Bakker, K, Andreasson, S, Vengosh, A, Lin, A, Singh, JN, and Weinthal, E. "Debating Unconventional Energy: Social, Political, and Economic Implications." Annual Review of Environment and Resources 42, no. 1 (October 17, 2017): 241-266.

Sowers, JL, Weinthal, E, and Zawahri, N. "Targeting environmental infrastructures, international law, and civilians in the new Middle Eastern wars." Security Dialogue 48, no. 5 (October 2017): 410-430.

Neville, KJ, and Weinthal, E. "Mitigating Mistrust? Participation and Expertise in Hydraulic Fracturing Governance." Review of Policy Research 33, no. 6 (November 2016): 578-602.

Neville, KJ, and Weinthal, E. "Scaling up site disputes: strategies to redefine ‘local’ in the fight against fracking." Environmental Politics 25, no. 4 (July 3, 2016): 569-592.

Recent Grants


HISTORY 488S: Capstone: Research in Human Rights (HISTORY 488S: Capstone: Research in Human Rights)
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)
PUBPOL 178: Israel/Palestine: Comparative Perspectives (PUBPOL 178: Israel/Palestine: Comparative Perspectives)

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)