Sustainable Environment, Sustainable Democracy, Sustainable Politics

Robert V. Bartlett, Gund Professor of Liberal Arts, Department of Political Science

Professor Robert V. Bartlett, Gund Professor of Liberal Arts, Department of Political Science

Professor Robert V. Bartlett, Gund Professor of Liberal Arts in the Political Science Department.

Sustainability politics has been around for three decades; environmental politics for five (under that label).  Over the same period, the political world has become considerably more democratic.  More societies and institutions have embraced various democratic processes, more people have become deeply engaged with the ideas of democracy, and there has been an explosion of scholarship and theorizing about democracy.  But are there any necessary linkages among environmentalism, sustainability, and democracy?  Professor Bartlett addresses this question, drawing on his research on ecological rationality, deliberative democracy, and environmental governance.

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Professor Bartlett is the Gund Professor of Liberal Arts in the Political Science Department.  He has twice been a Senior Fulbright Scholar (New Zealand and Ireland).  In 2007 he was the Distinguished Fulbright Chair of Environmental Policies at the Turin Polytechnic Institute and University in Italy.  He teaches courses on environmental politics and policy and is the author and co-author of many books and research articles, including Global Democracy and Sustainable Jurisprudence: Deliberative Environmental Law, MIT Press, 2009.

The Dean’s Lecture Series was established in 1991 as a way to recognize and honor colleagues in the College of Arts and Sciences who have consistently demonstrated the ability to translate their professional knowledge and skill into exciting classroom experiences for their students — faculty who meet the challenge of being both excellent teachers and highly respected professionals in their own discipline.The Award is a celebration of the unusually high quality of our faculty and has become an important and treasured event each semester.

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