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Sonja Klinsky

Sonja Klinsky
Senior Sustainability Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
Assistant Professor, School of Sustainability

Sonja.Klinsky@asu.edu

School of Sustainability
Arizona State University
PO Box 875502
Tempe, AZ 85287-5502
USA

Dr. Klinsky is particularly interested in the dilemmas inherent in attempts to address complex, multi-scalar, sustainability public policy issues. Within this, she is working on two major research trajectories. First, she is continuing to investigate how climate change policy has been developed and perceived in both domestic and international arenas. This work focuses on the development of cap and trade mechanisms, ongoing debates about justice, and the role of economic modeling in policy decision-making. Second, she is engaged in research that explores methodologies for exploring public opinion about sustainability issues. This has included work on public understandings of "pro-environmental" behavior, public perceptions of justice, and communication strategies for sustainability.

PhD, Resource Management and Environmental Studies, University of British Columbia, 2010

MA, Geography, McGill University, 2004

BS (with Honors), International Development and Environmental Science, University of Toronto, 2001

Journal Articles

In Press

Klinsky, S., D. Waskow, E. Northrop and W. Bevins. Operationalizing equity and supporting ambition:Identifying a more robust approach to ‘respective capabilities’. Climate and Development DOI: 10.1080/17565529.2016.1146121.

2016

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 )

2015

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 )

2014

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

2013

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 )

2012

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 )

2010

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.

2009

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.

2007

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

Book Chapters

2016

Klinsky, S. and A. Golub. 2016. Justice and sustainability. Pp. 161-173 In: Heinrichs, H., P. Martens, G. Michelsen and A. D. Wiek eds., Sustainability Science: An Introduction. Springer. DOI: 10.1007/978-94-017-7242-6_14. ISBN: 978-94-017-7241-9. (link )

2014

Klinsky, S. 2014. Towards constructive fairness: Applying the social-psychology of fairness to climate policy. Pp. 10-15 In: de Coninck, H., R. Lorch and A. Sagar eds., The Way Forward in International Climate Policy: Key Issues and New Ideas 2014. Climate and Development Knowledge Network. (link )

Posters

2012

Klinsky, S. 2012. Recognition and representation in cap and trade policy. Presentation at the 2012 Royal Geography Society Annual Meeting, University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom.

2009

Klinsky, S. 2009. Studying perceptions of justice and scale in climate policy. Presentation at the American Association of Geographers AGM, Las Vegas, NV.

2008

Klinsky, S. 2008. Justice and scale in climate change decision making policy. Presentation at the Center for Research on Environmental Decisions, Columbia University, New York, NY.

2007

Klinsky, S. 2007. Network analysis of Canadian climate change media coverage. Presentation at the Society for Risk Analysis, San Antonio, TX.

Presentations

2016

Bodansky, D., S. Klinsky, M. Milkoreit and J. A. Swofford. 2016. COP21 Case Critical: Postcards from Paris. Presentation at the Case Critical panel sponsored by Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability, Center for Law & Global Affairs, and the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, 20 January 2016, Arizona State University, Tempe.

2011

Klinsky, S. 2011. Comparing public rationales for justice in mitigation and adaptation climate policy dilemma. Presentation at the Centre for Climate and Energy Diecision Making, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh.

Klinsky, S. 2011. Grappling with the WCI from the inside out: An initial foray into a nascent carbon market. Presentation at the American Association of Geographers AGM, Seattle, WA.

Klinsky, S. 2011. Political challenges of establishing new markets. Presentation at the UNFCCCC COP 17 Side Event, Post-2012 Market Mechanisms: Addressing Design and Governance Changes, Durban, South Africa.

Klinsky, S. 2011. Vinaigrette or oil and vinegar? Comparing public rationales for justice trade-offs in mitigation and adaptation climate policy dilemmas. Presentation at the Resources for the Future Research Seminar, Washington, D.C.

Klinsky, S. 2011. When are the Americans coming? Prospects for the WCI and brief structural comparison with the EU-ETS. Presentation at the Electricity Research Policy Group, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK.

Klinsky, S., B. Wilson and J. E. Brooks. 2011. What does "pro-environmental behaviour" actually mean? An approach to mapping energy-related behaviours along meaningful dimensions. Presentation at the Royal Geographical Society Annual Meeting, London, UK.

2010

Klinsky, S. 2010. Is fair play good enough? Justice and the Western Climate Initiative. Presentation at the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions Research, Vancouver, British Columbia.

Klinsky, S. 2010. Public perceptions of justice and scale in climate policy. Presentation at the American Association of Geographers AGM, Washington, D.C.

2009

Klinsky, S. 2009. Considerations of fairness in BC climate policy. Presentation at the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions and Sustainability Prosperity Network Decoding Carbon Pricing Conference, Vancouver, British Columbia.

2007

Klinsky, S. 2007. Mapping emergence: Network analysis of climate change media coverage. Presentation at the Ameican Association of Geographers AGM, San Francisco, CA.

2004

Klinsky, S. 2004. Evaluating the utility of ecological footprint visualization for community planning. Presentation at the Sustainable Communities Conference, Burlington, VT.

Conference Papers

2015

Dzebo, A., M. Grubb, S. Klinsky, R. Mittal, A. Sagar, D. Shabalala and J. A. Swofford. 2015. New Research for Effective Action at Paris and Beyond: Global Climate Policy Conference 2015. Global Climate Policy Conference 2015. New Dehli. (link )