Vulnerability and Climate Change

In 1991 I was invited by the Brazilian activist Antonio Rocha Magalhāes to help synthesize the findings presented at a preparatory conference for the 1992 Rio UN Conference on Environment and Development. The aim of the conference was to raise the profile of drylands at the Rio conference – since most focus was on tropical forests and coasts. The preparatory meeting generated a declaration to influence the Rio deliberations, and my work on the synthesis generated a 1996 Cambridge University Press volume on Climate and Social Vulnerability (the first on volume on social vulnerability in the IPCC series). It also launched my interest in climate and vulnerability studies. This is an ongoing area of my research. It is closely related to the Migration (Local Democracy and Migration Risk in Africa) project – which is also on vulnerability.

Status: Ongoing

1991-present

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Ribot, Jesse. 2018. “Ontologies of Occlusion in the Anthropocene.” This is a response to: Bauer, A. M. and Ellis, E. C. 2018. "The Anthropocene divide: obscuring understanding of social-environmental change." Current Anthropology 59(2). Go to the link for this article and scroll down to read my 'response'

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Ece, Melis, James Murombedzi and Jesse Ribot (eds.). 2017. “Disempowering Democracy: Local Representation in Community and Carbon Forestry in Africa,” Conservation and Society. 15(4): 357-370. Special Issue on Rights, Representation and REDD+. This is a collection of seven articles from seven researchers in the five-year thirteen-country thirty-five case study comparative research program the Responsive Forest Governance Initiative (RFGI). More details under RESEARCH/RFGI tabs.

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Faye, Papa and Jesse Ribot. 2017. “Causes for Adaptation: Access to Forests, Markets and Representation in Eastern Senegal” Sustainability. Vol. 9, No. 311. Pp. 20.

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Ramprasad, Vijay, Jesse Ribot and Ashwini Chhatre. 2017. Pertinent Issue, Flawed Methods. 9 December 2017 vol. LII no. 49 Economic & Political Weekly.

BOOK CHAPTERS

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Ribot, Jesse. 2017. “Vulnerability does not Fall from the Sky: Addressing a Risk Conundrum,” in R. Kasperson, K. Dow, and N. Pidgeon (eds.), Risk Conundrums: Solving Unsolvable Problems. London: Earthscan.

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Ribot, Jesse. 2017. “Causa y responsabilidad: vulnerabilidad y clima en el Antropoceno” Acta Sociológica. No. 73, pp. 13-81. Spanish translation of Ribot 2014.

BOOK REVIEWS, FORWARDS, AND NON-REVIEWED ARTICLES

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Ribot, Jesse. 1997. ‘An Ode to the Lorax: The Business of Sustainable Development, An African Forest Tale’, Africa Today, Vol. 44, No. 2. Reprinted in Lokayan Bulletin (New Delhi), Vol. 13, No. 3, 1997. Reprinted in Medicine and Global Survival, Vol. 5, No. 2, 1998

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Wisner, Ben, Mark Pelling, Adolfo Mascarenhas, Ailsa Holloway, Babacar Ndong, Papa Faye, Jesse Ribot and David Simon. 2015. “Small Cities and Towns in Africa: The Challenge and Opportunity of Climate Change” Ch. 5 in Pauleit, S., Jorgensen, G., Kabisch, S., Gasparini, P., Fohlmeister, S., Simonis, I.,Yeshitela, K., Coly, A., Lindley, S., Kombe, W.J. (Eds.) Urban Vulnerability and Climate Change in Africa. New York: Springer.

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Ribot, Jesse. 2014. “Politics of Misrecognition – Framing out Liability under a Changing Sky” Response to Ben Orlove,
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Ribot, Jesse. 2014. “Cause and Response: Climate Vulnerability in the Anthropocene” Journal of Peasant Studies. Vol. 41, No. 5, pp. 667-705.

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van Ruijven, Bas J. ; Marc Levy; Arun Agrawal; Frank Biermann; Joern Birkmann; Timothy R. Carter; Kristie L. Ebi; Matthias Garschagen; Bryan Jones; Roger Jones; Eric Kemp-Benedict; Marcel Kok; Kasper Kok; Maria Carmen Lemos; Paul L. Lucas; Ben Orlove; Shonali Pachauri; Tom Parris; Anand Patwardhan; Arthur Petersen; Benjamin L. Preston; Jesse Ribot; Dale S. Rothman; and Vanessa J. Schweizer. 2014. “Enhancing the relevance of new scenarios for climate change impacts, adaptation and vulnerability research” Climate Change. Vol. 122, pp. 481-94.

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Ribot, Jesse. 2013. “Vulnerability does not just fall from the Sky: Toward Multi-scale Pro- poor Climate Policy” in M.R. Redclift & M. Grasso, eds., Handbook on Climate Change and Human Security. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar. With preface titled “Cause and Blame in the Anthropocene – Vulnerability still does not just fall from the sky” [Reprint of Ribot 2010 with new forward and minor updates.] Pp. 164-199.

EDITORIALS AND COMMENTS

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Agrawal, Arun, Maria Carmen Lemos, Ben Orlove and Jesse Ribot. 2012. ‘Cool Heads for a Hot World – Social Sciences under a Changing Sky’ Global Environmental Change. Vol. 22, No. 2.

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Marino, Elizabeth and Jesse Ribot (special issue editors). 2012. Special issue introduction “Adding Insult to Injury: Climate Change, Social Stratification, and the Inequities of Intervention” Global Environmental Change. Vol. 22, No. 2.

BOOKS & SPECIAL ISSUES

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Marino, Elizabeth and Jesse Ribot (eds). 2012. Special issue on Adding Insult to Injury: Climate Change, Social Stratification, and the Inequities of Intervention. Global Environmental Change. Vol. 22, No. 2. The URL here is just the introduction. See link for rest of volume.

PROFESSIONAL REPORT

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Ribot, Jesse. 2011. Keynote Address “From Impacts to Vulnerability,” pp 87-96 in A Drylands Call for Action – Declaration of Fortaleza, Proceedings of ICID2010. Center for Strategic Studies and Management, Brasilia, Brazil.

EDITORIALS AND COMMENTS

EDITORIALS AND COMMENTS

Ribot, Jesse. 2011. ‘Vulnerability before Adaptation: Toward Transformative Climate Action’ From Affirmative to Transformative Climate Action’ Global Environmental Change, Vol. 21, No. 4.

PROFESSIONAL REPORT

PROFESSIONAL REPORT

Ribot, Jesse. 2010. ‘Building Climate Resilience: Local Governments on the Frontline’ [a title that the publisher invented]. Pp. 28-32 in Pursuing the MDGs through Local Government, preparatory notes for the Global Forum on Local Development, Kampala, Uganda, 4-6

BOOK CHAPTERS

BOOK CHAPTERS

Ribot, Jesse. 2010. “Vulnerability does not fall from the sky: Toward multi-scale pro-poor climate policy,” in Robin Mearns and Andrew Norton (eds.), Social Dimensions of Climate Change: Equity and Vulnerability in a Warming World. Washington, DC: The World Bank.

EDITORIALS AND COMMENTS

EDITORIALS AND COMMENTS

Sikor, Thomas, Johannes Stahl, Thomas Enters, Jesse Ribot, Neera Singh, William D. 2010. "REDD-plus, forest people’s rights and nested climate governance," Global Environmental Change 20 (2010) 423–5.

BOOK CHAPTERS

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Ribot, Jesse, Adil Najam and Gabrielle Watson. 2009. “Climate Variation, Vulnerability and Sustainable Development in the Semi-Arid Tropics,” Ch. 8, pp. 117-160 in E. Lisa F. Schipper and Ian Burton, eds., The Earthscan Reader on Adaptation to Climate Change. London: Earthscan. [Reprint of Ribot, Najam and Waston 1996.].

BOOK CHAPTERS

BOOK CHAPTERS

Suarez, Pablo, Jesse Ribot and Anthony G. Patt. 2009. ‘Climate Information, Equity and Vulnerability Reduction’ in Matthias Ruth and Maria E. Ibarraran (Eds.) The Distributional Effects of Climate Change: Social and Economic Implications. Submitted to: Edward Elgar Publishing.

WORKING PAPERS

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Clark, William C., Jill Jäger, Robert Corell, Roger Kasperson, James J. McCarthy, David Cash, Stewart J. Cohen, Nancy Dickson, Paul Epstein, David H. Guston, Carlo Jaeger, Anthony Janetos, Neil Leary, Marc A. Levy, Amy Luers, Michael McCracken, Jerry Melillo, Richard Moss, Edward AA. Parson, Jesse Ribot, Hans-Joachim Schellnhuber, George A. Seielstad, Eileen Shea, Coleen Vogel, Thomas J. Wilbanks. 2001. ‘Assessing Vulnerability to Global Environmental Risks’, Working Paper of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

BOOK CHAPTERS

BOOK CHAPTERS

Ribot, Jesse. 1996. ‘Climate Variability, Climate Change and Vulnerability: Moving Forward by Looking Back’, Introduction to Ribot, Magalhães and Panagides, eds., Climate Change and Variation in Semi-Arid Lands: Social Vulnerability and Policy Response. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

BOOK CHAPTERS

BOOK CHAPTERS

Ribot, Jesse, Adil Najam and Gabrielle Watson. 1996. ‘Vulnerability, Climatic Variability and Sustainable Development in Semi-Arid Regions’, in Ribot, Magalhães and Panagides, eds., Climate Change and Variation in Semi-Arid Lands: Social Vulnerability and Policy Response. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

BOOKS & SPECIAL ISSUES

BOOKS & SPECIAL ISSUES

Ribot, Jesse, Antonio Rocha Magalhães and Stahis Panagides (eds.). 1996. Climate Change, Climate Variability and Social Vulnerability in the Semi-Arid Tropics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

JOURNAL ARTICLES

JOURNAL ARTICLES

Ribot, Jesse. 1995. ‘The Causal Structure of Vulnerability: Its Application to Climate Impact Analysis’, GeoJournal, Vol. 35, No. 2.