Gund Fellow, Professor and Gund Chair of the Liberal Arts, Department of Political Science

Since 2006, Robert V. Bartlett has held the Gund Chair of the Liberal Arts in the Political Science Department at the University of Vermont.  He has a secondary appointment in the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resourcesand the Environment Program. 

He has published widely on environmental politics and governance, deliberative democracy, Anthropocene politics, technology policy, green political ideas, and environmental policy through impact assessment.  In addition to many research articles, his ten books include Consensus and Global Environmental Governance: Deliberative Democracy in Nature’s Regime (2015), Global Democracy and Sustainable Jurisprudence: Deliberative Environmental Law (2009), and Deliberative Environmental Politics: Democracy and Ecological Rationality (2005).

He has twice served as Senior Fulbright Scholar (Lincoln University and University of Canterbury, New Zealand, and Trinity College, Ireland).  In 2007 he was Distinguished Fulbright Chair of Environmental Policies at the Turin Polytechnic Institute and University in Italy.  In 2019 he was the Fulbright-Diplomatic Academy Visiting Professor of International Studies at the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna, Austria.



  • (With Walter F. Baber) 2019. “A Rights Foundation for Ecological Democracy,” Journal of
    Environmental Policy & Planning, forthcoming (published online 14 January 2019). DOI: 10.1080/1523908X.2019.1566059).
  • (With Michael B. Wironen and Jon D. Erickson)  2019.  “Deliberation and the Promise of a DeeplyDemocratic Sustainability Transition,” Sustainability 11(1023): 1-18.
  • (With Walter F. Baber) 2018.  “Deliberative Democracy and the Environment,” in The Oxford Handbook of Deliberative Democracy, eds. André Bächtiger, Jane Mansbridge, Mark Warren, and John Dryzek. New York: Oxford University Press, pp. 755-767.
  • (With Walter F. Baber) 2018. “Consensual Environmental Policy in the Anthropocene: Governing What Humanity Hath Wrought,” in Public Policy, Governance and Polarization: Making Governance Work, eds. David K. Jesuit and Russell Alan Williams.  New York: Routledge, pp. 87-105.
  • (With Walter F. Baber) Consensus and Global Environmental Governance: Deliberative Democracy in Nature’s Regime.  Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2015.

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Environmental politics, environmental policy, environmental governance, deliberative democracy, global governance, climate governance


  • PhD, Political Science, Indiana University
  • MPA, Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University
  • BA, Political Science, Indiana University


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