Much of my current work focuses on the political ecology of biofuels. On one level this means studying the outcomes of increased biofuel crop production for livelihoods, ecologies and food security across scales. On another level it means considering how the discourses attached to climate change and competing interpretations of development have influenced patterns of governance, investment, land acquisition and resistance related to biofuels.
More broadly I am interested in land use and the global governance of environmental change. I have a persistent side interest in the politics of knowledge and communication of environmental issues. At different times this has expressed itself through work on scenario analysis, experiential education, global environmental assessment reports and community radio. Regionally I am drawn to East Africa, especially Kenya.
Hunsberger, C. and Ponte, S. 2014. ‘Sustainable’ biofuels in the global South. Geoforum 54:243-247.
Hunsberger, C., Bolwig, S., Corbera, E. and Creutzig, F. 2014. Livelihood impacts of biofuel crop production: Implications for governance. Geoforum.
Hunsberger, C. 2014. Jatropha as a biofuel crop and the economy of appearances: experiences from Kenya. Review of African Political Economy 40(140).
Jabbour, J. and Hunsberger, C. 2014. Visualizing relationships between drivers of
environmental change and pressures on land-based ecosystems. Natural resources 5:146-160.
Creutzig, F., Corbera, E., Bolwig, S., and Hunsberger, C. 2013. Integrating place-specific livelihood and equity outcomes into global assessments of bioenergy deployment. Environmental Research Letters 8, Article 035047.
Sikor, T., Auld, G., Bebbington, A., Benjaminsen, T., Gentry, B., Hunsberger, C., Izac, A-M, Margulis, M., Pleninger, T., Schroeder, H. and Upton, C. 2013. Global land governance: from territory to flow? Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability 5(5), pp. 522-527.
Jabbour, J., Keita-Ouane, F., Hunsberger, C., Sánchez-Rodríguez, R., Gilruth, P., Levy, M.A., Patel, N., Singh, A. and S. Schwarzer. 2012. Internationally agreed environmental goals: a critical evaluation of progress. Environmental Development 3:5-24.
Creutzig, F., von Stechow, C., Klein, D., Hunsberger, C., Bauer, N., Popp, A. and O. Edenhofer. 2012. Can bioenergy assessments deliver? Economics of energy and environmental policy 1(2):65-82.
Hunsberger, C. 2010. The politics of Jatropha-based biofuels in Kenya: convergence and divergence among NGOs, donors, government officials and farmers. Journal of Peasant Studies 37(4):939-962.
Gentry, B.S., Sikor, T., Auld, G., Bebbington, A.J., Benjaminsen, T.A., Hunsberger, C.A., Izac, A.-M., Margulis, M.E., Pleininger, T., Schroeder, H., Upton, C. 2014. Changes in land-use governance in an urban era. Pages 239-272 in: Rethinking global land use in an urban era, Seto, K.C. and Reenberg, A. (Eds), MIT Press: Cambridge, MA.
Hunsberger, C., Evans, T. et al. 2012. Land. Chapter 3 in Fifth Global Environment Outlook (GEO-5) report of the United Nations Environment Programme, pp. 65-96. UNEP: Nairobi. (Coordinating Lead Author)
United Nations Environment Programme. 2009. Ecosystem Management. Chapter 1 in UNEP Year Book 2009, pp. 1-10. United Nations Environment Programme. (Contributing author)
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