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Michael Mikulewicz

SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry

Based in

United States
North America

Michael Mikulewicz is an assistant professor of climate justice at the Department of Environmental Studies at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY ESF). As a critical geographer, he studies the intersecting social, economic, and political inequalities caused by the impacts of, and our responses to, climate change and other environmental issues. His current research is centered on climate and environmental justice, adaptation, post-politics, resilience, urban sustainability, queer theory, and intersectionality. He has published his work in Annals of the American Association of Geographers, Climate and Development, Geoforum, Area, New Political Economy, Lancet Planetary Health, among others. Michael obtained his PhD in human geography from the University of Manchester, UK.

Country(ies) of Specialty

United States Rwanda Sao Tome and Principe

Focus areas of expertise

Climate policy and politics Communications research Climate Justice Agriculture

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Ryder, S. & Mikulewicz, M. 2023. “Building a Critical, Place-Based Approach to Climate Displacement: A Future Agenda for Research, Planning, and Practice” in Walker, T., McGaughey, J., Machnik-Kekesi, G. and Victoria Kelly (Eds.), 2023. Environmental Migration in the Face of Emerging Risks, Palgrave Macmillan: Cham, 155-177.

Mikulewicz, M., Sultana, F., Caretta, M. & Crawford, N. (2023) “Intersectionality & Climate Justice: A call for synergy in scholarship and practice.” Environmental Politics.

Mikulewicz, M., 2020. The “Discursive Politics of Adaptation.” Annals of the American Association of Geographers. 110(6): 1807-30.

Mikulewicz, M., 2020. “Disintegrating labor relations and depoliticized adaptation to climate change in rural São Tomé and Príncipe.” Area. Special Issue: Geographies of Labour in a Changing Climate. 2020;00: 1-9.

Ingle, H. & Mikulewicz, M., 2020. “Mental Health & Climate Change.” The Lancet Planetary Health. 4: e128-130.

Mattar, S., Mikulewicz, M., and McCauley, D., 2020. “Climate justice in the Arctic: A critical and interdisciplinary climate research agenda,” in: Heininen, L., Exner-Pirot, H. and J. Barnes (Eds.), 2020, Arctic Yearbook 2020, Arctic Portal: Akureyri, Iceland, 260-285.

Mikulewicz, M., 2019. “Thwarting Adaptation’s Potential? A Critique of Resilience and Climate-resilient Development.” Geoforum 104: 267-282.

Mikulewicz, M., & Taylor, M., 2019. “Getting the Resilience Right: Climate Change and Development Policy in the ‘African Age.'”New Political Economy 25 (4): 626-641.

Jafry, T., Mikulewicz, M., & Helwig, K., 2019. “Introduction: Justice in the Era of Climate Change,” in: Jafry, T., Helwig, K., Mikulewicz, M. (Eds.), Routledge Handbook of Climate Justice. Routledge: New York, 1-9.

Mikulewicz, M., 2018. “Politicizing Vulnerability and Adaptation: On the Need to Democratize Local Responses to Climate Impacts in Developing Countries.” Climate and Development. 10, 18–34.