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Saleem's latest book - coauthored with MIT Professor Larry Susskind, (Oxford University Press, 2015)


"The potent mix of politics and science creates the perfect storm of controversy and conflict. Given the importance of global environmental issues, the need to bridge these areas is critical. In Environmental Diplomacy, Susskind and Ali draw on their considerable experience and add the missing element — consensus building to the mix to provide proven strategies to overcome obstacles and help create durable multilateral agreements."

Johnston S. Barkat, United Nations Ombudsman and Asst. Secretary General

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"Ideals are like the stars, we may never reach them
But like the mariners of the sea we chart our course by them"
(Carl Schurtz)

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 currently holds The Chair in Sustainable Resource Development 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 most recent book is the second edition of Environmental Diplomacy ( with Lawrence Susskind, Oxford University Press, 2015) and the edited volume  Diplomacy on Ice: Energy and the Environment in the Arctic and Antarctic ((with his doctoral advisee and faculty member at US Coast Guard Academy, Rebecca Pincus, Yale University Press, January, 2015)

Among his other works, is the popular book  Treasures of the Earth: Need, Greed and a Sustainable Future (Yale University Press); the acclaimed comparative case-based research book  Mining, the Environment and Indigenous Development Conflicts. Volumes where he has served as editor include  Earth Matters: Indigenous Peoples, The Extractive Industries and Corporate Social Responsibility (edited with Ciaran O'Fairchellaegh) and the widely acclaimed volume  Peace Parks: Conservation and Conflict Resolution (MIT Press, September, 2007), which has received cover endorsements from environmental scientists E.O. Wilson, George Schaller and  UNEP executive director Achim Steiner, and a foreword by IUCN Director General Julia Marton-Lefevre.

The World Economic Forum chose him as a "Young Global Leader" in 2011. He has also been selected by the National Geographic Society as an "emerging explorer" and was profiled in "Forbes magazine" in September, 2009 as "The Alchemist."

Dr. Ali is a member of the  World Commission on Protected Areas and the IUCN Taskforce on Transboundary Conservation.

Some of his current research on environmental health perception in mining areas and social responsibility in the mining sector is supported by the Tiffany &Co. Foundation . The latest Tiffany-funded project pertains to the Sustainability of Pearl Farming in small-island states.

Prior to embarking on an academic career, Dr. Ali worked as an environmental health and safety professional at General Electric  (based at GE headquarters in Fairfield, CT, and at silicone resin manufacturing sites in New York). He has served as a consultant for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Health Canada as an Associate at the Boston-based consulting firm Industrial Economics Inc. Pro bono projects include a mining impact prospectus for the Crowe Tribe of Montana and research assistance to   Cultural Survival  (an indigenous rights NGO).

He is also a professional mediator and has conducted workshops on consensus-building for private and public interests, as well as peer review of research publications for the World Bank, the International Institute for Sustainable Development, The Woodrow Wilson Center, the Journal of Environmental Management, the Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, the Natural Resources Forum and Yale University Press.
Research appointments include a  visiting fellowship at the
Brookings Institution's research center in Doha, Qatar; a Public Policy Fellowship at Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia, a Baker Foundation Research Fellowship at Harvard Business School and a parliamentary internship at the U.K. House of Commons. Teaching experience includes courses on environmental planning, conflict resolution, industrial ecology, research methods and technical writing. Professor Ali received his doctorate in Environmental Planning from the  Massachusetts Institute of Technology  (MIT), an M.E.S. in environmental law and policy from Yale University, and his Bachelors in Chemistry from Tufts University  (summa cum laude).

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I also moderate a listserv on ecological mineral management called "Ecominerals" which aims to provide free information exchange related to responsible management of mineral resources and currently has around 1000 members.

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