TEDxUCIrvine | Richard A. Matthew
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Richard A. Matthew (BA McGill; PhD Princeton) is Associate Dean for International Programs and Professor of Planning, Policy and Design at the University of California at Irvine. He is also the founding Director of the Center for Unconventional Security Affairs (www.cusa.uci.edu), the Director of the Blum Center for Poverty Alleviation (http://blumcenter.uci.edu/), and co-Principal Investigator of both the NSF-funded FloodRISE Project (http://floodrise.uci.edu) and a NOAA-funded project on sediment, flooding and poverty. His research focuses on understanding and addressing challenges at the intersection of environmental degradation, extreme poverty and violent conflict. Over the past twenty years, he has done extensive fieldwork in conflict and disaster zones in Cambodia, the DRC, Mexico, Nepal, Pakistan, Rwanda, Sierra Leone and Swaziland. His research is widely diffused beyond academic outlets to support the efforts of practitioners in the conservation, humanitarian and governance communities. Dr. Matthew is a founding member of the new Environmental Peacebuilding Academy, a Senior Fellow at the International Institute for Sustainable Development in Geneva, and a senior member of the United Nations Expert Group on Environment, Conflict and Peacebuilding. He has served on several UN missions, including two that he led to Sierra Leone, and he was the lead author of the UN policy report, From Conflict to Peacebuilding: The Role of Natural Resources and the Environment, and the UN technical report, Sierra Leone: Environment, Conflict and Peacebuilding Assessment. He has over 160 publications, including a four-volume set entitled Environmental Security (Sage 2014), Environmental Security: Approaches and Issues (Routledge 2013) with Rita Floyd, and Global Environmental Change and Human Security (MIT Press 2010) with Jon Barnett, Bryan McDonald and Karen O’Brien. He recently co-edited a volume with Social Ecology doctoral students entitled The Social Ecology of the Anthropocene that was published by World Scientific/Imperial College Press in October 2016.

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