Global Environmental Change and Human Security

Posted: 22 Oct 2013

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Karen O'Brien

University of Oslo - Department of Sociology and Human Geography

Jon R. Barnett

University of Melbourne

Date Written: October 2013

Abstract

This article reviews research on global environmental change and human security, providing retrospective and tentative prospective views of this field. It explains the roles that the concept of human security has played in research on environmental change, as well as the knowledge that it has contributed. It then discusses the Global Environmental Change and Human Security (GECHS) project as an example of how this research has encouraged a more politicized understanding of the problem of global environmental change, drawing attention to the roles of power, agency, and knowledge. Finally, the article considers new research frontiers that have emerged from this field, including research on social transformations as a means of promoting, sustaining, and enhancing human security in response to complex global environmental challenges. The potential contributions of human security approaches to the next generation of global change research are discussed.

Suggested Citation

O'Brien, Karen and Barnett, Jon R., Global Environmental Change and Human Security (October 2013). Annual Review of Environment and Resources, Vol. 38, pp. 373-391, 2013, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2343670 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1146/annurev-environ-032112-100655

Karen O'Brien

University of Oslo - Department of Sociology and Human Geography ( email )

Moltke Moesvei 31
Oslo, 0851
Norway

Jon R. Barnett

University of Melbourne ( email )

185 Pelham Street
Carlton, Victoria 3053
Australia

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