Jesse Ribot

 Jesse Ribot

Contact Information

237 CAB
605 E Springfield
Champaign, IL 61820
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Jesse Ribot is a Professor of Geography with appointments in the Department of Anthropology, School of Natural Resources and Environmental Studies (NRES), the Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory, Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, Global Studies, Women and Gender in Global Perspective (WGGP), and Institute for Sustainability, Energy and the Environment (iSEE), and is on the faculty of the College of Humanities and Development Studies of China Agricultural University in Beijing. He is also a co-director and co-founder of the Initiative on Climate Adaptation Research and Understanding through the Social Sciences (ICARUS).  Before coming to Illinois Ribot was a Senior Associate in the Institutions and Governance program at the World Resources Institute from 1999-08. He has been a visiting professor in Politics at the New School for Social Research in New York, and aor fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Yale Program in Agrarian Studies, Center forthe Critical Analysis of Contemporary Culture at Rutgers, and was a MacArthurFellow at the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies. From1991-94 he was a lecturer in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning atMIT. He also advises foreign governments and international developmentagencies.

Research Description

Professor Ribot conducts research in four inter-linkedarenas: 1) decentralization and democratic local government; 2) naturalresource tenure and access; 3) distribution along natural resource commoditychains; and 4) household vulnerability in the face of environmental change. Heuses a political-economy approach drawing on disciplines of sociology,anthropology, political science, political philosophy and geography. Hedevelops in-situ research-based education programs, and has used comparativeresearch to train over eighty young scholars in their own countries to conductin-depth policy research and to translate that research into scholarly writingand policy relevant briefs and seminars. For more details on his research seethe attached CV and see the SDEP web page.

Selected Publications

Book Contributions

Wisner, Ben, Mark Pelling, Adolfo Mascarenhas, Ailsa Holloway, Babacar Ndong, Papa Faye, Jesse Ribot, and David Simon Small Cities and Towns in Africa: The Challenge and Opportunity of Climate Change Urban Vulnerability and Climate Change in Africa Small Cities and Towns in Africa: The Challenge and Opportunity of Climate Change New York Springer 2015, p. 153-196.

Journal Articles

Ribot, Jesse, and Arun Agrawal Are Ostrom’s Design Principles Sufficient for Design? Policy Matters 19 2014, p. 111-117.
Ribot, Jesse Cause and Response: Climate Vulnerability in the Anthropocene Journal of Peasant Studies 41 5 2014, p. 667-705.


Politics of Misrecognition – Framing out Liability under a Changing Sky Recognitions and Responsibilities: On the Origins and Consequences of the Uneven Attention to Climate Change around the World compiled by Ben Orlove, compiled by Heather Lazrus, compiled by Grete Hovelsrud, compiled by Alessandra Giannini. Current Anthropology Compiled by Ben Orlove, Compiled by Heather Lazrus, Compiled by Grete Hovelsrud, Compiled by Alessandra Giannini, 2014.


Ribot, Jesse Farce of the Commons: Humor, Irony, and Subordination through a Camera’s Lens Swedish International Centre for Local Democracy 2014.