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Kieren Rudge

University of California, Berkeley

Based in

United States
North America

Kieren is a doctoral student in Environmental Science, Policy, & Management at University of California, Berkeley. Their research interests lie at the intersection of climate adaptation, critical race theory, and critical environmental justice. Before coming to UC Berkeley, Kieren researched climate policy, planning, and discourse across various geographies within the continental United States, as well as in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Currently, they are focused on analyzing how systems of climate change adaptation are situated within military colonial power structures and may reproduce environmental injustice in U.S. territories. They are primarily studying how these dynamics impact communities in Guåhan (Guam) considering how political status impacts self-determination of Indigenous peoples with regard to climate action.

Country(ies) of Specialty

United States Guam Virgin Islands

Focus areas of expertise

Climate policy and politics Climate Justice Indigenous studies Social movements

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Peer-Reviewed Articles

Rudge, Kieren. 2023. “Leveraging critical race theory to produce equitable climate change adaptation.” Nature Climate Change, vol. 13, pp. 623–631.

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.

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.

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.

Other Articles

Rudge, Kieren. 2023 “Local Communities Drive Typhoon Recovery and Climate Resilience in Guam” East-West Center: Asia Matters for America, July 2023.

Rudge, Kieren. 2022. “A colonial legacy of environmental injustice in U.S. territories” Yale Environment Review, November 2022.

Rudge, Kieren. 2022. “The environmental field must value students of color” Yale Environment Review, October 2022.

Rudge, Kieren. 2021. “Solar canopies need to be a part of Connecticut’s energy plan”, Energy News Network, May 2021.