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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. 

Department Affiliation

Department of Geography and Center for Energy and Environmental Policy 

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.


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


CEOE School & Departments

School of Marine Science & Policy

Advancing the understanding, stewardship, and conservation of estuarine, coastal, and ocean environments.

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Department of Geological Sciences

Discovering how geological processes have operated over various time scales to create and influence the planet’s surface environments.

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Department of Geography

Investigating the interactions between people and the environment and the processes that explain the location of human and natural phenomena.

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