Dr. Cindy Isenhour

Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Climate Change

Ph.D., University of Kentucky, 2010
M.A., Colorado State University, 2001
B.A., Miami University, 1997

Cynthia Isenhour’s CV

Research Topics:

– Economic and environmental anthropology, political ecology.
– Commodity chains, consumption, embodied energy and emissions, climate change.
– Environmental load displacement, unequal exchange, environmental justice.
– Sustainability, environmental movements, governance and policy.
– Environmental risk perception and decision making.
– Urbanization, climate adaptation and global cities.

Professional Interests:

As an ecological and economic anthropologist I am particularly interested in environmental risk perception, economic decision-making and cooperation for environmental governance.  Much of my recent work has focused on policies, institutions and everyday practices designed to encourage more “sustainable consumption” in highly affluent urban contexts. This work builds on a growing international recognition that successful and just governance of the global commons will require significant reductions in resource use and emissions in the so-called “developed” world.  Drawing on work in institutional and ecological economics my work compliments anthropological insights into ecological cooperation, institution building and adaptation in rural and subsistence-based economies with research on urban sustainability policy and practice. I have conducted field work in the US, Central America, China, and Scandinavia and am currently working on a new project designed to explore the policy and environmental justice implications of consumption-based emissions accounting for Chinese producers and Swedish consumers.

Representative Publications:

2015    Cindy Isenhour, Melissa Checker & Gary McDonogh. Sustainability in the Global City: Myth and Practice.  New York: Cambridge University Press.

2015    Melissa Checker, Gary McDonogh & Cindy Isenhour.  Introduction: Sustainability as Myth and Practice in the Global City.  In Sustainability in the Global City, Isenhour et. al. eds.  Cambridge University Press.

2015    Isenhour, Cindy. Green Capitals Reconsidered: The Carbon Emissions Associated with Urban Consumption. In Sustainability in the Global City, Isenhour, Checker & McDonogh, eds.  Cambridge University Press.

2014    Isenhour, Cindy and Kuishuang Feng.  Decoupling and Displaced Emissions: On Swedish Consumers, Chinese Producers and Policy to Address the Climate Impact of Consumption.  Journal of Cleaner Production.  doi:10.1016/j.jclepro.2014.12.037

2014    Isenhour, Cindy. Trading Fat for Forests: Palm Oil, Tropical Deforestation and Environmental Governance. Conservation & Society 12(3): 257-267.

2014    Peterson, Nicole and Cindy Isenhour.  Moving Beyond the Legacy of the Rational Actor in Environmental Governance: An Introduction.  Conservation & Society 12(3): 229-232.

2012    Isenhour, Cindy. The Devil in the Deal: Trade-Embedded Emissions and the Durban Platform. Ethics, Policy & Environment Special Issue on the Durban Platform 15(3):303-308.

2012    Isenhour, Cindy. On the Politics of Climate Knowledge: Sir Giddens, Sweden and the Paradox of Climate (In)Justice. Local Environment: International Journal of Justice and Sustainability 17(9).

2012    Isenhour, Cindy. Can Consumer Demand Deliver Sustainable Food?: Recent Research in Sustainable Consumption Policy & Practice. Environment & Society 2(1): 5-28.

2011    Checker, Melissa, Cindy Isenhour & Gary McDonogh.  Introduction: Sustainability in the City.  City & Society Special issue on Urban Sustainability 23(3)113-117.

2011    Isenhour, Cindy. How the Grass Became Greener in the City: Urban Imaginings and Practices of Sustainability. City & Society 23(2):118-138.

2010    Isenhour, Cindy. On Conflicted Swedish Consumers, the Effort to “Stop Shopping” & Neoliberal Environmental Governance.   Journal of Consumer Behavior Special Issue on Anti-Consumption and Sustainability 9(6): 454-469.

2010    Isenhour, Cindy. Building Sustainable Societies: A Swedish Case Study on the Limits of Reflexive Modernization. American Ethnologist 37(3):511-525.

Tel: 207.581.1895
Fax: 207.581.1823

Email: cynthia.isenhour@maine.edu

Department of Anthropology
University of Maine
5773 S. Stevens Hall, Rm. 230
Orono, Maine 04469-5773

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