Call for Papers: Special Issue on Adaptive Governance of Coupled Social-Ecological Systems

You are invited to submit papers on the theoretical and empirical questions pertaining to adaptive governance of social-ecological systems for a special issue of the journal Complexity, Governance & Networks. Complexity, Governance & Networks is an open-access peer-reviewed journal that is published by the University of Bamberg Press (UBP, Germany). The journal is open access and authors are not charged for publishing papers in the journal.

Please email any questions and paper proposals to the special issue editor Asim Zia at


Water is the essence of life. As we commemorated World Water Day on March 22, 10 experts (five from Afghanistan and five from Pakistan) gathered online and in person at the Peace Centre at Dawson College in Montreal for a week-long in-depth dialogue to find effective solutions and opportunities for sustainably resolving conflicts generated by the looming water crisis in the Kabul River Basin.

Announcing the Leadership Institute- Center for the Advancement of Public Action and Institute for Environmental Diplomacy and Security in Spring 2018

In spring 2018, CAPA and IEDS will partner to host at least 12 participants (six from Afghanistan and six from Pakistan) in Montreal, Canada to negotiate a framework on sharing the trans-boundary water resources in the Indus Basin.


IEDS Director Asim Zia speaks at UNFCCC COP23 in Bonn, Germany

During the ongoing UNFCCC COP23 in Bonn, Germany, Asim Zia, Director of Institute for Environmental Diplomacy and Security (IEDS), spoke at a high-level meeting organized by South Asia Co-operative Environment Programme (SACEP) and Network of Regional Governments for Sustainable Development (NRG4SD) on “Implementing NDCs: Coordination Across Regional, National and Subnational Levels”. Panelists included Ministers/Secretaries from Maldives, Nepal, Wales, Pakistan, Mexico and Bangladesh.


IEDS Director Asim Zia presents in Pakistan and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Seminar

A seminar was held on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Pakistan on Friday September 29 at the University of Vermont with IEDS Director Asim Zia.


New graduate research intern, Barbra Marden to work on issues of food, energy water security and smart resilient communities

We are excited to announce a new graduate research intern joining the Institute for Environmental Diplomacy and Security, Barbra Marden.

Here is her short bio:



September 21, 2017
John Dewey Lounge, University of Vermont

Pakistan is a large and strategically important country in south Asia. It is in the news frequently due to its tumultuous politics, volatile mix of ethnicities and religions, possession of nuclear weapons, proximity to Afghanistan, and strained relations with India. It also faces significant challenges in meeting its considerable potential for increased living standards and levels of economic growth. Pakistan’s future development will be reflected in large part in how well it addresses the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) recently approved by the UN General Assembly.


IEDS Fellows Anna Grichting and Michele Zebich-Knos' new book "The Social Ecology of Border Landscapes" is now in print!

Anna Grichting and Michele Zebich-Knos, both IEDS Fellows are the editors of a newly published book titled, "The Social Ecology of Border Landscapes". It is now available in print!


IEDS Director Asim Zia on Vermont Public Radio: "Study Suggests EPA Guidelines For Lake Champlain Cleanup Might Not Be Strict Enough"

IEDS Director Asim Zia spoke with Vermont Public Radio about a recent study modeling Lake Champlain water quality in light of climate change. Funded by the National Science Foundation, the study conducted by Vermont EPSCoR researchers at the University of Vermont, included a wide-set of variables relating to climate change, land-use and water quality. To learn more visit Vermont Public Radio.

IEDS Hosting SwarmFest 2016

IEDS is hosting SwarmFest 2016: 20th Annual Meeting on Agent Based Modeling & Simulation. The conference will be held from the evening of Sunday, July 31 through Tuesday, August 3, 2016 at the Davis Center, University of Vermont, Burlington Vermont.

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