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Saleem Ali

Blue and Gold Distinguished Professor of Energy and the Environment


Saleem H. Ali joined UD as Blue and Gold Distinguished Professor of Energy and the Environment in September 2016. He is known for his work on environmental conflict resolution. 

Professor Ali previously served as Chair in Sustainable Resource Development and professor of sustainability science and policy at University of Queensland in Australia. He also was a professor of environmental studies at the University of Vermont's Rubenstein School of Natural Resources, and founding director of the Institute for Environmental Diplomacy and Security. 

Professor Ali is also a senior fellow at the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment and retains an appointment as a professorial research fellow at the University of Queensland.

Department Affiliation

Department of Geography
Energy and Environmental Policy
Center for Energy and Environmental Policy
Delaware Environmental Institute Council of Fellows


2000 - Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge MA, USA: Ph.D. in Environmental Planning, Department of Urban Studies and Planning, Dissertation title: "Environmental Resistance and Aboriginal Development: A Comparative Study of Mining Ventures in the United States and Canada." Advisor: Professor Lawrence Susskind. Committee members: Professor Joseph Kalt (Harvard, Kennedy School of Govt.), Professor Paul Carlile (MIT, Sloan School of Management).

1996 - Yale University , New Haven, CT, USA: Masters of  Environmental Studies. Focus: Industrial Environmental Management and International Development. Thesis: Water and Diamonds: Resource Scarcity and Environmental Degradation in Southern Africa. Advisor: Professor Daniel Esty

1994 -  Tufts University,  Medford, MA, USA: Bachelor of Science, summa cum laude. Majors: Chemistry and Environmental Studies

Most Recent Publications


Susskind, Lawrence and Saleem H. Ali. Environmental Diplomacy: Negotiating Effective International Agreements (second edition). New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, October, 2014.

Ali, Saleem H. Treasures of the Earth: Need, Greed and a Sustainable Future. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2009 (paperback edition, Fall, 2010)


Ali, Saleem H. et al. 2017. Mineral supply for sustainable development requires resource governance.” Nature 543:367-372.

Ali, Saleem H. 2017. “The ecology of diamond sourcing: from mined to synthetic gems as a sustainable transition.” Journal of Bioeconomics 19:115-

Ali, Saleem H. 2017. “Reconciling Islamic Ethics, Fossil Fuel Dependence, and Climate Change in the Middle East.” Review of Middle East Studies 50(2): 172-
178. (Cambridge University Press).

Book Chapters:

Ali, Saleem H. and Rebecca Pincus. “The Role of the Military in Environmental Peace-building.”  In Ashok Swain ed. Routledge Handbook of Environmental Conflict and Peace-building. New York and London Routledge, Expected Publication early 2018.
Grasso, Domenico and Saleem H. Ali. “Water and Global Development Goals: The Role of Engineering and Social Science in Meeting International Policy Outcomes.” Wiley Encyclopedia of Water. Expected publication in 2018.

Online Commentary:

National Geographic: Voices - Ideas and Insights from Explorers

Huffington Post Contributor

For a more complete list of publications: http://udel.academia.edu/SaleemAli

Research Interests

Professor 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 and the extractive industries.

Current Team Members

Martin Clifford, post-doctoral researcher




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