David Ciplet is Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

As a PhD Candidate in Sociology at Brown, he was co-leader of the Brown University Climate and Development Lab. From the negotiating halls of the United Nations to community center meeting rooms, his research used participatory qualitative methods to explore social movements, power, and inequality in global climate change politics. Through fieldwork conducted during a five-year period in Denmark, Mexico, South Africa, Germany, and Poland, his dissertation investigated how advocacy networks seeking “climate justice” have influenced international climate policy.

His research has been published in journals including Global Environmental PoliticsGlobal Governance, ReviewSocial Movement Studies, and Journal of Sustainability Education. He is co-author of the book, Power in a Warming World: The New Geo-politics of Climate Change, with J. Timmons Roberts and Mizan Khan.

He is also lead-author of eight policy reports, including several co-authored with fellow undergraduate students, and in collaboration with organizations such as the International Institute for Environment and Development and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. His work has been featured in media outlets such as The New York TimesWashington PostBloomberg Businessweek, and International Herald Tribune. He was the recipient of the 2014 Robert Dentler Award for Outstanding Student Achievement in Public Sociology.


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