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Kevin Surprise

Mount Holyoke College
United States
Email ksurpris [at] mtholyoke [period/dot] edu

Kevin Surprise is a Visiting Lecturer in Environmental Studies at Mount Holyoke College, and holds a Ph.D. in Geography from Clark University. His research examines the political economy of climate change, with a focus on the politics and governance of solar geoengineering technologies. Recent research explores economic rationales, funding networks, and ideologies legitimizing solar geoengineering in climate policy, and the militarization of the technology as it relates to climate security. Kevin’s research has been funded by the National Science Foundation and published in the Annals of the American Association of Geographers, Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space, Global Sustainability, and The Journal of Political Ecology.

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Stephens JC, Kashwan P, McLaren D, Surprise K. 2021. “The Dangers of Mainstreaming Solar Geoengineering: A critique of the National Academies Report,” Environmental Politics. October 18, 2021:1-10.

Stephens JC, Kashwan P, McLaren D, Surprise K. 2021. “The risks of solar geoengineering research,” Science. 2021;372(6547):1161-1161.

Kevin Surprise. 2020. “Geopolitical ecology of solar geoengineering: From a ‘logic of multilateralism’ to logics of militarization,” Journal of Political Ecology, 27(1): 213-235 (2020).

Kevin Surprise. 2020. “Gramsci in the Stratosphere: Solar Geoengineering and Capitalist Hegemony.” In Has it Come to This? The Pitfalls and Promises of Geoengineering on the Brink, Rutgers University Press (2020).

Kevin Surprise. 2020. “Solar geoengineering is incompatible with a (radical) green new deal,” Monthly Review Online (July 2020).

Kevin Surprise. 2020. “Stratospheric imperialism: Liberalism, (eco)modernization, and ideologies of solar geoengineering research,” Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space (March 2020).

Jennie C. Stephens & Kevin Surprise. 2020. “The hidden injustices of advancing solar geoengineering research,” Global Sustainability (January 2020).

Kevin Surprise. 2018. “Preempting the second contradiction: Solar geoengineering as spatiotemporal fix,” Annals of the American Association of Geographers (March 2018).

Media Coverage

Opinion piece by Kevin Surprise and Jennie Stephens, “Climate manipulation? Not all “solutions” should be advanced,” The Hill. April 18, 2021.

CSSN Scholars Kevin Surprise and Prakash Kashwan were quoted in Earther speaking about the recent National Academies report on solar geoengineering, The U.S. Is One Step Closer to Establishing a Research Program to Block the Sun. Earther, March 25,2021.

Kevin Surprise interviewed on solar geoengineering. Militarism, Green Capitalism, and the Normalization of Solar Geoengineering,” Terra Verde, August 28, 2020.