Prakash Kashwan

Associate Professor

Political Science

Prakash Kashwan is an Associate Professor of Political Science and Co-Director of the Research Program on Economic and Social Rights, Human Rights Institute, University of Connecticut, Storrs. He is the author of the widely reviewed and acclaimed book Democracy in the Woods: Environmental Conservation and Social Justice in India, Tanzania, and Mexico (Oxford University Press, 2017) and a Co-Editor of the journal Environmental Politics. He also serves on the editorial advisory boards of Earth Systems Governance, Progress in Development Studies, Sage Open, and Humanities & Social Sciences Communications.

Professor Kashwan is a member of the global expert group for Scoping of Transformative Change Assessment by the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), a member of the Academic Working Group (AWG) on International Governance of Climate Engineering (2016 –18), a Senior Research Fellow of the Earth System Governance (ESG) Project, a member of the Climate Social Science Network (CSSN) established by Brown University, and an external faculty affiliate of the Ostrom Workshop. He is also the co-convener of Climate Justice Network (, which he co-founded with support from American Political Science Association (APSA). He is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Environmental Studies Section of the International Studies Association (ISA).

His scholarship has been published in top ranking journals in the fields of environmental politics, environmental policy, and international development, including Global Environmental Politics, Environmental Politics, Ecological Economics, Bioscience, Case Studies in the Environment, Earth System Governance, Regional Environmental Change, Land Use Policy, Journal of Environmental Management, International Journal of the Commons, Journal of Theoretical Politics, Sustainability, Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, and, World Development. He has also contributed popular commentaries to the Conversation, the Guardian, Al-Jazeera and the Washington Post, among others.

Professor Kashwan teaches courses on environmental and climate justice, global environmental politics, environmental policy and institutions, and research methods. More information about his research and teaching is available at


Recent Publications

Kashwan, Prakash.  2021.  Climate Justice in the Global North: An Introduction. Case Studies in the Environment 5 (1): 1125003.

Kashwan, Prakash, Ishan Kukreti, and Rahul Ranjan. 2021. The UN Declaration on the Rights of Peasants, National Policies, and Forestland Rights of India’s Adivasis. The International Journal of Human Rights.

Kashwan, Prakash. 2020. Management in the Guise of Governance? Rethinking the Ends and The Means of Natural Resource Governance In Fiona Nunan (editor). Governing Renewable Resources. Oxon, UK: Routledge. 19-43

Gupta, Aarti, I. Möller, F. Biermann, S. Jinnah, P. Kashwan, V. Mathur, D.R. Morrow, S. Nicholson. 2020. Anticipatory governance of solar geoengineering: Conflicting visions of the future and their links to governance proposals. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability 45: 10-19

Kashwan, P., L.M. MacLean, and G.A. García-López.  2019. Rethinking Power and Institutions in the Shadows of Neoliberalism: (an Introduction to a Special Issue of World Development). World Development 120: 133-46.

Holahan, R., and P. Kashwan.  2019. Disentangling the Rhetoric of Public Goods from Their Externalities: The Case of Climate Engineering. Global Transitions 1: 132-40.

2018. Rethinking power and institutions in the shadows of neoliberalism: (An introduction to a special issue of World Development). World Development.

2017. Inequality, Democracy, and the Environment: A Cross-National AnalysisEcological Economics.131: 139–15.

2016.Integrating Power in Institutional Analysis: A Micro-Foundation PerspectiveJournal of Theoretical Politics, 28(1), 5-26.

2016.What Explains the Demand for Collective Forest Rights Amidst Land Use Conflicts? Journal of Environmental Management, 183, 657-666.

2015. Forest Policies, Institutions, and REDD+ in India, Tanzania, and MexicoGlobal Environmental Politics,15(3), 95-117.


Research Awards and Professional Recognition

2020  Economic and Social Rights in a Climate Changed World. UConn Human Rights Faculty Seed Grant. $10,000

2019  Institutions and Policy Networks for Climate Justice Amidst Rapid Urbanization in the Global South. University of Connecticut Research Excellence Program (REP). $25,000

2019 Climate Geoengineering: Science, Governance, and Justice Dimensions (with Anji Seth and Mark Urban). CLAS Interdisciplinary Connection, University of Connecticut. $5,000

2018. Principal Investigator. American Political Science Association (APSA) Special Projects Fund: “Avoiding “Day Zero” in the U.S. & Global South: Climate Justice in Teaching & Policy Action,” a collaborative project (w/ Lauren MacLean, Frank Matose, & Navnita Behera) $25035.

2018-Current. Senior Research Fellow, Earth System Governance Project.

2016-2018. Public Discourse Fellowship, Humanities Institute, University of Connecticut: “Debating climate change: public opinion, institutions, and discourses.” $13500 + $5000 supplementary grant.

2016-Current. Member, Academic Working Group on the Governance of Climate Engineering, convened by the Forum for Climate Engineering Assessment, Washington D.C.

2013-2015. Faculty Large Grant (University of Connecticut): The Socio-Economic, Ecological, and Political Drivers of Forest Land Rights in India. $15,000.

2009-2011. Young Scientist Research Award, International Foundation for Science (IFS), Stockholm. $10,500.

2009-2011. Young Scientist Research Award, International Foundation for Science (IFS), Stockholm. $10,500.

Prakash Kashwan
Contact Information
Phone(860) 486-7651
Curriculum Vitae Prakash Kashwan CV. August 2021
Office LocationOak Hall 446
Office HoursOn Fellowship Leave