Dr Michael  Mason

Dr Michael Mason

Associate Professor of Environmental Geography

Department of Geography and Environment

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Key Expertise
global environmental governance, environmental security

About me

Dr Michael Mason is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography and Environment and an Associate of the Grantham Research Institute for Climate Change and the Environment. His research interests encompass environmental politics and governance, notably issues of accountability, transparency and security.

Alongside articles in a wide range of academic journals, he is the author of Environmental Democracy (1999) and The New Accountability: Environmental Responsibility across Borders (2005). He is also co-editor of (with Amit Mor) Renewable Energy in the Middle East (2009) and (with Aarti Gupta) Transparency in Global Environmental Governance (2014).

Expertise Details

environmental policy; environmental security; sustainable development; environmental politics/security in the Middle East

Countries and regions

Europe; Middle East

Sectors and industries


Selected publications

‘Climate change, environmental degradation and renewable energy’, in R. Gillespie and F. Volpi (eds.) Routledge Handbook of Mediterranean Politics, Routledge, Abingdon, UK, 268-278, ISBN 9781138903982, 2017, pp. 268-278

[with Mohamad Khawlie], Fluid sovereignty: State-nature relations in the Hasbani Basin, Southern Lebanon Annals of the American Association of Geographers, Vol. 106, No. 6, pp. 1344-59, 2016.

‘Disclosing or obscuring? The politics of transparency in global climate governance’, (with Aarti Gupta), Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, Vol. 18, pp. 82-90, 2016

[with Aarti Gupta] ‘Transparency’, in K. Bäckstrand and E. Lövbrand (eds.) Handbook on Climate Governance, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, ISBN: 978-1-78347-060-0, 2015, pp. 446-457

Climate insecurity in (post)conflict areas: the biopolitics of UN vulnerability assessmentsGeopolitics, Vol. 19, No. 4, pp. 806-828, 2014

[co-editor with Aarti Gupta] Transparency in Global Environmental Governance: Critical Perspectives, Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, ISBN: 978-0-262-02741-0 (hbk.); 978-0-262-52618-0 (sbk.), 2014

[with Aarti Gupta] ‘Transparency and international environmental politics’, in M. Betsill et al. (eds.) International Environmental Politics, 2nd edition, New York: Palgrave Macmillan, ISBN: 978-1-137-33896-9 (hbk.); 978-1-137-33899-0 (sbk.), 2014, pp. 356-380

Climate change, securitisation and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict’, The Geographical Journal, Vol. 179, No. 4, pp. 298-308, 2013

[with Mark Zeitoun] 'Questioning environmental security',The Geographical Journal. Vol. 179, No. 4, pp. 294-297, 2013

‘Climate change and human security: international governance architectures, policies and instruments’, in Michael Redclift and Marco Grasso (eds.) Handbook on Climate Change and Human Security, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, ISBN 978-0857939104 (hbk.); 978-0857939111 (e-book), 2013, pp. 382-401

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