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Kieren Rudge

University of California, Berkeley

Based in

United States

Kieren is a doctoral student in Environmental Science, Policy & Management at University of California, Berkeley. Their research interests lie at the intersection of climate justice, critical race theory, and political ecology. Kieren has researched climate policy, planning, and discourse across various geographies including New York, Connecticut, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Currently, they are focused on analyzing how systems of climate change adaptation may reproduce military colonial power structures and inequitable development patterns. In particular, they are interested in understanding how these dynamics are impacting communities in U.S. Pacific Island territories and how activists are challenging dominant power structures.

Country(ies) of Specialty

United States

Focus areas of expertise

Climate policy and politics Climate Justice Indigenous studies Social movements

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Peer-Reviewed Articles

Rudge, Kieren. 2021. “Changing Climate, Changing Discourse: Analyzing Reporting of Climate Change and Economic Development in the U.S. Virgin Islands.” Climate Risk Management, vol. 33, 2021, p. 100350. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.crm.2021.100350.

Rudge, Kieren. 2021. “Participatory Climate Adaptation Planning in New York City: Analyzing the Role of Community-Based Organizations.” Urban Climate, vol. 40, Dec. 2021, p. 101018. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.uclim.2021.101018.

Rudge, Kieren. 2021. “The Potential for Community Solar in Connecticut: A Geospatial Analysis of Solar Canopy Siting on Parking Lots.” Solar Energy, vol. 230, Dec. 2021, pp. 635–44. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.solener.2021.10.038.

Other Articles

Rudge, Kieren. 2022. “A colonial legacy of environmental injustice in U.S. territories” Yale Environment Review, November 2022. https://environment-review.yale.edu/colonial-legacy-environmental-injustice-us-territories

Rudge, Kieren. 2022. “The environmental field must value students of color” Yale Environment Review, October 2022. https://environment-review.yale.edu/environmental-field-must-value-students-color-new-model-attain-educational-equity

Rudge, Kieren. 2021. “Solar canopies need to be a part of Connecticut’s energy plan”, Energy News Network, May 2021. https://energynews.us/2021/05/10/commentary-solar-canopies-need-to-be-a-part-of-connecticuts-energy-plan/