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Sonja Klinsky

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Associate Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 5502
Senior Sustainability Scientist
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 5502
Asst Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 5502
Associate Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 5502
Biography: 

After completing her doctoral work at the University of British Columbia, Sonja Klinsky held postdoctoral fellowships with the Centre for Climate Change Mitigation at the University of Cambridge, and the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions in Vancouver, Canada. Her work has continually centered around the justice dilemmas presented by climate change and climate change policy design. Klinsky has been an observer to the UN framework Convention on Climate Change negotiations since 2009 which has been a foundation to her collaborative work with policy-science interface organizations. These collaborations have sought to generate theoretically sound and politically relevant proposals for constructively addressing debates about justice and fairness embedded in climate policy decision-making at all scales. In addition to this policy-oriented work she has also done research on public perceptions of climate justice dilemmas and policy options.  

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 at multiple scales.  She and her students have worked on this from a diversity of angles: including studying individual's perceptions of these dilemmas; strategies for navigating justice wihtin global climate governance regimes; and identifying and analysing the explicit and implicit justice implicatiosn of domestic climate policy options.

Publications: 

Books:

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

Journal Articles:

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

Fall 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
SOS 310Equity, Justice & Sustainblity
SOS 492Honors Directed Study
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
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
SOS 310Equity, Justice & Sustainblity
SOS 493Honors Thesis
SOS 591Seminar
SOS 599Thesis
SOS 790Reading and Conference
SOS 792Research
SOS 799Dissertation
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
SOS 492Honors Directed Study
SOS 520Research Design
SOS 592Research
SOS 790Reading and Conference
SOS 792Research
Summer 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
SOS 790Reading and Conference
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
SOS 310Equity, Justice & Sustainblity
SOS 591Seminar
SOS 599Thesis
SOS 790Reading and Conference
SOS 792Research
SOS 799Dissertation