Western University GeographyWestern Social Science

Carol Hunsberger

Assistant Professor


Contact Information

Office: Room 2409, SSC
Tel: 519 661-2111, 85020
Fax: 519 661-3750
E-mail: chunsber@uwo.ca

Research Areas

Political ecology, biofuels, East Africa

Research Interests

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.

Publications & Supervised Graduate Students and Theses Titles

Refereed Journals

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.

Chapters in Books

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)

Supervised Graduate Students and Theses Titles

MA StudentsYearTitle
C. Dakin Current Indegenious health and energy justice
I. Diaz Current Coffee agrocology, food sovereignity and agarian livelihoods in Puerto Rico
Meghan Boes 2013 Household livelihood diversification and perceived vulnerability to risks in rural Mali
Elca Wabusya 2013 Policy Outcomes and Community Perceptions of a Dryland Invasive Species: A Case Study of Prosopis juliflora in Baringo County, Kenya
Mariam Awuni 2013 Dilemmas of implementing Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+): Evidence from REDD+ pilots in Ghana


GEO 9108 - Development Geography