University of Vermont

Saleem Ali

Saleem Ali

Adjunct Professor of Environmental Studies


Areas of Interest

Environmental policy and planning, conflict resolution, industrial ecology

Saleem H. Ali is Adjunct Professor of Environmental Studies at UVM. For ten years he was on the faculty of UVM (2002-12) as Professor of Environmental Studies at UVM's Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources and the founding Director of UVM's Institute for Environmental Diplomacy and Security. He is currently the Director of the Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining at the University of Queensland (UQ), Australia and also Professor of Politics and International Studies at UQ where he is also affiliated with the Rotary Peace Studies Centre. He has also served on the visiting faculty for the United Nations mandated University for Peace (Costa Rica).

Dr. Ali's research focuses on the causes and consequences of environmental conflicts and how ecological factors can promote peace. Much of his empirical research has focused on environmental conflicts in the mineral sector. His current book projects include a second edition of Environmental Diplomacy (with Lawrence Susskind, Oxford University Press, under contract for release in November, 2014) and Diplomacy on Ice: Energy and the Environment in the Arctic and Antarctic (Under contract with Yale University Press, January, 2015).


Ph.D., Environmental Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), 2000
M.E.S., Environmental Law and Policy, Yale University, 1996
B.S., Chemistry, Tufts University (summa cum laude), 1994

Selected Publications

Ali, Saleem H. 2009. Treasures of the Earth: Need, Greed and a Sustainable Future. New Haven and London: Yale University Press.

Ali, Saleem H. 2009. Islam and Education: Conflict and Conformity in Pakistan's Madrassahs. Oxford University Press.

O'faircheallaigh, Ciaran and Saleem H. Ali eds. 2008. Earth Matters: Indigenous Relations in the Mining Industry. Sheffield UK: Greenleaf Publications.

Ali, Saleem H. ed. 2007. Peace Parks: Conservation and Conflict Resolution. Cambridge and London: The MIT Press. (foreword by Julia Marton-Lefevre, Director General IUCN)

Ali, Saleem H. 2004. Mining, The Environment and Indigenous Development Conflicts. Tucson: University of Arizona Press.