Environmental Studies at UVM

Saleem Hassan Ali


Environmental Program, Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources, Asian Studies

Bittersweet House Room 307

  • 61-73346-4043 - in Australia, see below

Areas of Interest: 

Causes and consequences of environmental conflicts, ecological factors that promote peace, promoting environmental education in madrassahs (Islamic religious schools)


Saleem is currently on professional leave from UVM to serve as Director of the Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining, University of Queensland.

Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining SMI, Sir James Foots Building, University of Queensland, Brisbane, 4072, Australia
Phone +61 7 3346 4043
Fax: +61 7 3346 4045
Email: s.ali3@uq.edu.au

Saleem H. Ali is professor of environmental planning at the University of Vermont’s Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources. He is currently on extended professional leave at the University of Queensland, Australia where he is Director of the Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining and Professor of Politics and International Studies. Among his numerous publications is the critically acclaimed book Treasures of the Earth: Need, Greed, and a Sustainable Future (Yale University Press, 2010). Dr. Ali was selected as a “Young Global Leader” by the World Economic Forum and an Emerging Explorer by the National Geographic Society for his applied research on environmental conflict and cooperation. 

Dr. Ali is originally from Pakistan and has a particular interest in environmental issues in South Asia and has affiliate professor status within UVM’s Asian Studies program.  He serves on the board of governors of the Pakistan chapter for Leadership in Environment and Development (LEAD). He has also done research on Islamic education in Pakistan and inculcating environmental science curricula and teachings within Muslim countries. His research has received support from notable organizations such as the US Minerva Initiative, The Tiffany & Co. Foundation, The United States Institute of Peace, The Harvard Project on American-Indian Economic Development, The Asia Society, The United Nations Environment Programme, The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.


  • Ph.D. Environmental Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2000
  • M.E.S. Environmental Studies, Yale University, 1996
  • B.S. Tufts University, 1994
  • Secondary School, Aitchison College, Lahore, Pakistan, 1990

Other Professional Affiliations: 

  • founding Director of the Institute for Environmental Diplomacy and Security at UVM's James Jeffords Center for Policy Research
  • Rotary Peace Studies Centre
  • visiting faculty for the University for Peace, Costa Rica
  • board member, The DMZ Forum for Peace and Nature Conservation
  • board member, International Peace Park Expeditions
  • board of governors, LEAD-Pakistan
  • World Commission on Protected Areas
  • IUCN Taskforce on Transboundary Conservation

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Info for Prospective Graduate Students: 

I am selectively willing to consider doctoral and Masters level students who are interested in research around mineral resource conflicts, international environmental policy and peace-building. I have successfully advised several doctoral students who are now well-placed in academia, industry and government organizations. Although I am based in Australia for the next few years to direct a research centre, I will continue to maintain a strong connection to my Vermont graduate students through video-conferencing and an annual visit to Vermont. I would especially be interested in taking on students who are interested in doing research in Australia and have some experience of working in the region.