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Timmons Roberts

Brown University
United States
Email timmons [at] brown [period/dot] edu

Timmons Roberts has taught in and directed environmental science and policy programs at Brown, at the College of William and Mary, and at Tulane University. Co-author and editor of fourteen books and edited volumes, and of over eighty articles and book chapters, his current research focuses on social drivers of action and inaction on climate change. Timmons’ approach to research is to learn about social change by participating with leading engaged actors in the real world. His Climate and Development Lab at Brown partners with research institutions, NGOs, and organizations at the local, national and international levels around the world.

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Joshua A. Basseches,  Rebecca Bromley‑Trujillo, Maxwell T. Boykoff, Trevor Culhane, Galen Hall, Noel Healy, David J. Hess, David Hsu, Rachel M. Krause, Harland Prechel, J. Timmons Roberts, Jennie C. Stephens. 2022. Climate policy conflict in the U.S. states: a critical review and way forward, Climatic Change, 170(3-4).

William F. Lamb et al. “Discourses of climate delay,” Global Sustainability (July 2020).

J. Timmons Roberts et al. 2020. “Four agendas for research and policy on emissions mitigation and well-being,” Global Sustainability (January 2020).

Mizan Khan, J. Timmons Roberts, Saleemul Huq, & Victora Hoffmeister. 2018. “The Paris Framework for Climate Change Capacity Building,” London and New York: Routledge/Taylor and Francis (2018).

J. Timmons Roberts. 2018. “Does the Arc of History Bend Towards Climate Justice? Toward an Agenda for Engaged Research.” In A Research Agenda for Global Environmental Politics, Edward Elgar (September 2018).

David Ciplet*, Kevin M. Adams, Romain Weikmans, & J. Timmons Roberts. 2018. “The Transformative Capability of Transparency in Global Environmental Governance,” Global Environmental Politics (August 2018).

Sivan Kartha et al. 2018. “Cascading biases against poorer countries,” Nature: Climate Change (April 2018).

Anthony Waldron et al. 2017. “Reductions in global biodiversity loss predicted from conservation spending,” Nature (October 2017).

David Ciplet & J. Timmons Roberts. 2017. “Climate change and the transition to neoliberal environmental governance,” Global Environmental Change (September 2017).

Sonja Klinsky et al. 2017. “Why Equity is fundamental in climate change policy research,” Global Environmental Change (May 2017).

J. Timmons Roberts & Romain Weikmans. 2017. “Postface: fragmentation, failing trust and enduring tensions over what counts as climate finance,” International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics (January 2017).

David Ciplet, J. Timmons Roberts, & Mizan Khan. 2015. “Power in a Warming World: The New Global Politics of Climate Change and the Remaking of Environmental Inequality,” Cambridge, Massachusetts MIT Press (September 2015).

J. Timmons Roberts & Bradley Parks. 2006. “A Climate Of Injustice: Global Inequality, North-South Politics, and Climate Policy,” Cambridge, Massachusetts MIT Press (November 2006).

Media Coverage

J. Timmons Roberts quoted by Amy Westervelt in “Big oil’s ‘wokewashing’ is the new climate science denialism,” the Guardian, September 9, 2021

J. Timmons Roberts quoted by Robinson Meyer in A Major but Little-Known Supporter of Climate Denial: Freight Railroads,” The Atlantic, December, 13, 2019.

J. Timmons Roberts quoted by William C. Vantuono in Railroads Help Fund Climate Change Denial: Report,” RailwayAge Magazine, December, 18, 2019.

J. Timmons Roberts quoted by Ryan W. Miller in 90s kids were asked to do ‘simple things’ to save the Earth. Gen Z is thinking bigger,” USA Today, September 20, 2019.

J. Timmons Roberts quoted by Jennifer McDermott in Study: Emissions in Rhode Island are higher than calculated,” AP News, September 12, 2019.

J. Timmons Roberts quoted by Frank Carini in Dirty Front Groups Endanger Planet’s Present and Future Health,” EcoRI News, June 23, 2019.

J. Timmons Roberts quoted by Alejandra Borunda in Inequality is decreasing between countries—but climate change is slowing progress,” National Geographic, April 22, 2019.

J. Timmons Roberts quoted in Calling out the Origins of Climate Denial and the ‘Climate Change Countermovement,” Desmogblog, March 2, 2019.

J. Timmons Roberts’ research on the R.I. Climate Council discussed by Tim Faulkner in New Report Claims RI Climate Council Falling Behind Targets,” EcoRI News, December 19, 2018.

J. Timmons Roberts quoted by Steve Ahlquist in “‘We must move beyond business as usual,’ says new report on Rhode Island’s inadequate climate plan,” UpriseRI, December 18, 2018.