Environmental Studies at UVM

Saleem Hassan Ali

Adjunct Professor

Environmental Program, Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources

  • 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 may be wiling to co-advise ENVS theses in areas of environmental conflict around extractive industries.


Saleem is the 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 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, 2000
  • M.E.S. Environmental Studies, Yale University, 1996
  • B.S. Tufts University, 1994
  • Secondary School, Aitchison College, Lahore, Pakistan, 1990

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

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.