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Sonja Klinsky

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Associate Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 5502
Senior Global Futures Scientist
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 5502
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Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 5502
Associate Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 5502
Biography: 

Dr. Sonja Klinsky is an Associate Professor at the School of Sustainability, Arizona State University.  Her research and teaching practice centers around the justice dilemmas presented by climate change and climate change policy design at multiple scales. As an engaged scholar she has prioritized inter and transdisciplinary collaborations that are focused on the real-world challenges of building justice into sustainability transitions.  Within this her work has explored strategies for better including considerations about justice within public policy analysis practices and governance processes domestically and internationally.  She has been an observer to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change since 2009, is a coordinating member of the Equity Working Group of the independent Global Stocktake, and is an Associate Editor for Climate Policy Journal.  She has also maintained an active presence in the community and is a common resource person for community groups, service clubs, schools, professional associations, and other organizations grappling with the complexities of engaging productively in the climate challenge.

Education: 
  • Ph.D. Resource Management and Environmental Studies, University of British Columbia,  Canada 2010
  • M.A. Geography, McGill University, Canada 2004
  • B.S. International Development and Environmental Science (Honors), University of Toronto, Canada 2001
Research Interests: 

Sonja Klinsky's primary research interests are in understanding how we are, could, and possibly should deal with the multitude of justice dilemmas raised by climate change - and our responses to this - at multiple scales.  Although justice is an inherent component of decision making in the climage and sustainability context, it is not always explicity identified or included in efforts to address the challenges of changing social, technological, economic, or political patterns to become more sustainable.  Accordingly, her work has focused on: identifying implicit ways in which (in)justice is embedded in policies proposals, discourses, and policy analysis tools; actively contributing tools and strategies that make it more likely that justice concerns will be integrated into decision-making; and collaborating with members of the public, community groups, and other civil society organizations to support efforts towards a more just and sustainable future.

Publications: 

Books:

Klinsky, S. and Brankovic, J. (2018) The Global Climate Regime and Transitional Justice Routledge. https://www.routledge.com/The-Global-Climate-Regime-and-Transitional-Justice/Klinsky-Brankovic/p/book/9780415786027

Journal Articles:

Nautiyal, Snigdha, and Sonja Klinsky. 2022. “The Knowledge Politics of Capacity-Building for Climate Change at the UNFCCC.” Climate Policy.

Dooley, Kate, Christian Holz, Sivan Kartha, Sonja Klinsky, J. Timmons Roberts, Henry Shue, Harald Winkler, et al.( 2021) “Ethical Choices behind Quantifications of Fair Contributions under the Paris Agreement.” Nature Climate Change 11, no. 4: 300–305.

Stoddard, Isak, Kevin Anderson, Stuart Capstick, Wim Carton, Joanna Depledge, Keri Facer, Clair Gough, Sonja Klinsky et al. (2021) “Three Decades of Climate Mitigation: Why Haven’t We Bent the Global Emissions Curve?” Annual Review of Environment and Resources 46, no. 1: 653–89.

Klinsky, S. and Mavrogianni, A. (2020) Guest Editorial. “Climate Justice and the Built Environment”.  Buildings and Cities.  1(1), 412–428 http://doi.org/10.5334/bc.65

Adams, M., Klinsky ,S., Chhetri, N. (2019) “Barriers to Sustainability in Poor Marginalized Communities in the United States: The Criminal Justice, the Prison-Industrial Complex and Foster Care Systems” Sustainability. 12 (1).

Klinsky, S. (2018) Climate Justice Needs Feminism.  Invited “Open Space” essay for Feminist Review 118(1), 103-111

Klinsky, S. and Winkler, H. (2018) Building Equity In: Strategies for Integrating Equity into Modeling for a 1.5 °C World. Philosophical Transactions A. Vol 376, Is. 2119 https://doi.org/10.1098/rsta.2016.0461

Klinsky, S. (2017). Transitional Justice for Climate Change?  An Initial Scoping. Climate Policy.  https://doi.org/10.1080/14693062.2017.1377594

Nardo, M. D., J. S. Brooks, S. Klinsky, and C. Wilson. (2017). Social signals and sustainability: ambiguity about motivations can affect status perceptions of efficiency and curtailment behaviors. Environment Systems and Decisions 37 (2):184–197. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10669-017-9624-y

Klinsky, S., T. Roberts, S. Huq, C. Okereke, P. Newell, P. Dauvergne, K. O’Brien, H. Schroeder, P. Tschakert, J. Clapp, M. Keck, F. Biermann, D. Liverman, J. Gupta, A. Rahman, D. Messner, D. Pellow, and S. Bauer. (2017). Why equity is fundamental in climate change policy research. Global Environmental Change 44:170–173. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2016.08.002

Klinsky, S., D. Waskow, E. Northrop, and W. Bevins. (2016). Operationalizing equity and supporting ambition: identifying a more robust approach to ‘respective capabilities.’ Climate and Development 9 (4):287–297. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17565529.2016.1146121

Klinsky, S. 2016. The challenges of studying capitalism and its discontents. Environmental Research Letters 11(1):. DOI: 10.1088/1748-9326/11/1/011001. (link )

Klinsky, S. 2015. Justice and boundary setting in greenhouse gas cap and trade policy: A case study of the Western Climate Initiative. Annals of the Association of American Geographers 105(1):105-122. DOI: 10.1080/00045608.2014.960043. (link )

Klinsky, S. and H. Winkler. 2014. Equity, sustainable development and climate policy. Climate Policy 14(1):107. DOI: 10.1080/14693062.2014.859352. (link )

Klinsky, S. 2013. Bottom-up policy lessons emerging from the Western Climate Intiaitve's development challenges. Climate Policy 13(2):143-169. DOI: 10.1080/14693062.2012.712457. (link )

Vignola, R., S. Klinsky, J. Tam and T. McDaniels. 2013. Public perception, knowledge and policy support for mitigation and adaptation to Climate Change in Costa Rica: Comparisons with North American and European studies. Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change 18(3):303-323. DOI: 10.1007/s11027-012-9364-8. (link )

Klinsky, S., H. Dowlatabadi and T. McDaniels. 2012. Comparing public rationales for justice trade-offs in mitigation and adaptation climate policy dilemmas. Global Environment Change Part A: Human & Policy Dimensions 22(4):862-876. DOI: 10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2012.05.008. (link )

Klinsky, S., M. Mehing and A. Tuerk. 2012. Beyond déjà vu: Opportunities for policy learning from emissions trading in developed countries. Carbon and Climate Law Review 4:291-305. (link )

Klinsky, S., R. Sieber and T. Meredith. 2010. Connecting local to global: Geographic information systems and ecological footprints as tools for sustainability. The Professional Geographer 62(1):84-102.

Klinsky, S. and H. Dowlatabadi. 2009. Conceptualizations of justice in climate change policy. Climate Policy 9(1):88-108.

Klinsky, S., R. Sieber and T. Meredith. 2009. Creating local ecological footprints in a North American context. Local Environment 14(6):495-513.

Klinsky, S. 2007. Mapping emergence: Network analysis of climate change media. Integrated Assessment 7(1):1-24.

Book Chapters

Klinsky, S and Gupta, A (2019) Taming Equity in Multilateral Climate Politics: A Shift from Responsibilities to Capacities in Meadowcroft, J., Banister, D., Holden, E., Langhelle, O., Linnerud, K., Gilpin,G. (eds)  What’s Next for Sustainable Development: Our Common Future at Thirty. Edward Elgar Press.

Klinsky, S. (2018) Chapter Ten: Not Just a Case Study: Strategies for Researching Climate Change Politics in Dauvergne, P. and Alger, J. (eds) A Research Agenda in Global Environmental Politics.  Edward Elgar

Klinsky, S. (2018).  Beyond the Academy: Reflecting on Public Scholarship About Climate Justice in Jafrey, T. (ed) The Routledge Handbook of Climate Justice.  Routledge

Boone, C. and Klinsky, S. (2016) Environmental Justice and Transitions to a Sustainable Urban Future. Handbook of Urbanization and Global Environmental Change. Eds. Karen Seto and William Solecki. Routledge.

Klinsky, S., and Grubb. M. (2015) From Theory to Practice: Climate policy and political feasibility.  In Decarbonizing the World Economy Crawford-Brown. D. and Barker, T. (Eds). Cambridge University Press

Klinsky S., and Golub, A. (2015) Justice and Sustainability.  In Handbook of Sustainability, (Eds) Wiek, A., Heinrichs, H.

Klinsky, S. (2014) Towards constructive fairness: applying the social-psychology of fairness to climate policy.  In The Way Forward in International Climate Policy: Key Issues and New Ideas 2014, de Coninck, H., Lorch, R., Sagar, A. (eds) Climate and Development Knowledge Network

Spring 2022
Course NumberCourse Title
SOS 494Special Topics
SOS 598Special Topics
SOS 599Thesis
SOS 792Research
SOS 799Dissertation
Fall 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
SOS 310Equity, Justice & Sustainblity
SOS 520Research Design
SOS 790Reading and Conference
SOS 792Research
SOS 799Dissertation
Spring 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
SOS 494Special Topics
SOS 598Special Topics
SOS 599Thesis
SOS 792Research
SOS 799Dissertation
Fall 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
SOS 310Equity, Justice & Sustainblity
SOS 394Special Topics
SOS 492Honors Directed Study
SOS 499Individualized Instruction
SOS 520Research Design
SOS 790Reading and Conference
SOS 792Research
SOS 799Dissertation
Spring 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
SOS 599Thesis
SOS 792Research
SOS 799Dissertation
Fall 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
SOS 492Honors Directed Study
SOS 790Reading and Conference
SOS 792Research
SOS 799Dissertation
Summer 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
SOS 599Thesis
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
SOS 310Equity, Justice & Sustainblity
SOS 599Thesis
SOS 792Research
SOS 799Dissertation
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
SOS 310Equity, Justice & Sustainblity
SOS 520Research Design
SOS 592Research
SOS 790Reading and Conference
SOS 792Research
SOS 799Dissertation
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
SOS 522Qualitative Methods for Sustai
SOS 599Thesis
SOS 790Reading and Conference
SOS 792Research
SOS 799Dissertation
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
SOS 310Equity, Justice & Sustainblity
SOS 492Honors Directed Study
SOS 520Research Design
SOS 592Research
SOS 790Reading and Conference
SOS 792Research
SOS 799Dissertation