Timmons Roberts is Ittleson Professor of Environmental Studies and Sociology at Brown University, where he was Director of the Center for Environmental Studies. He is a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. He taught at the College of William and Mary and directed its Program in Environmental Science and Policy, and before that he held a joint appointment in Latin American Studies and Sociology and co-directed the Environmental Studies program at Tulane University. Timmons was a James Martin 21st Century Professor at Oxford University's Environmental Change Institute in 2006-2007, and a Research Fellow at William and Mary's Institute for the Theory and Practice of International Relations. His Ph.D. was from Johns Hopkins University in Sociology's Program in Comparative International Development. His B.A. was in Biology (with research in tropical and temperate ecology) from Kenyon College.
Co-author and editor of twelve books and edited volumes, and of over eighty articles and book chapters, Timmons' current research focuses on climate change and economic development. It has three threads: 1. How shifting economic and political relations between the global North and South affect the United Nations negotiations on climate change; 2. The role of foreign aid in the negotiations and in assisting developing countries cope with climate impacts and greening their economies; and 3. What social factors explain national "pathways of economic development" (being relatively high or low carbon emitters for their level of human development). In all three his core focus is on how inequality affects our ability to address this complex global problem.
Timmons' approach to research is to learn about major social problems by attempting to help address them. A co-founder of AidData.org, Timmons is part of an international effort to produce a quantum leap in transparency in climate finance, and in foreign aid more broadly. His Climate and Development Lab at Brown provides research support to think-tanks, NGOs, and the Least Developed Countries Group--the world's 48 poorest nations--in the U.N. climate negotiations. He is a leader in Rhode Island's efforts to plan for climate changes: the RI Climate Change Commission was created in 2010 by legislation written by him and his Brown students; and in 2014 he led a group that successfully passed the first comprehensive climate legislation in the state. Professor Roberts has worked for many years with students on greening initiatives and with community groups and local, state and national governments. He teaches environmental sociology, globalization and the environment, and practicum group workshop courses on local and global environmental policy issues. He serves on the Board on Environmental Change and Society of the National Academy of Sciences, and was in 2014 awarded the Frederick Buttel Award for Distinguished Scholarship by the Environment and Society Research Committee RC24 of the International Sociological Association. His lab's international work and his leadership on the Resilient Rhode Island Act led to Brown University being named "Green University of 2014" by international climate reporting service ClimateHome.org.
|Pickering, Jonathan, Skovgaard, Jakob, Kim, Soyeun, Roberts, J. Timmons, Rossati, David, Stadelmann, Martin, Reich, Hendrikje Acting on Climate Finance Pledges: Inter-Agency Dynamics and Relationships with Aid in Contributor States. World Development. 2015; 68 : 149-162.|
|Takahashi, Bruno, Edwards, Guy, Roberts, J. Timmons, Duan, Ran Exploring the Use of Online Platforms for Climate Change Policy and Public Engagement by NGOs in Latin America. Environmental Communication. 2015; 9 (2) : 228-247.|
|Grasso, Marco, Roberts, Timmons A compromise to break the climate impasse. Nature Climate change. 2014; 4 (7) : 543-549.|
|Grasso, Marco, Roberts, J Timmons Erratum: A compromise to break the climate impasse. Nature Climate change. 2014; 4 (11) : 1035-1035.|
|Lamb, W F, Steinberger, J K, Bows-Larkin, A, Peters, G P, Roberts, J T, Wood, F R Transitions in pathways of human development and carbon emissions. Environ. Res. Lett.. 2014; 9 (1) : 014011.|
|Khan, Mizan R., Roberts, J. Timmons Adaptation and international climate policy. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change. 2013; 4 (3) : 171-189.|
|Stadelmann, Martin, Michaelowa, Axel, Roberts, J. Timmons Difficulties in accounting for private finance in international climate policy. Climate Policy. 2013; 13 (6) : 718-737.|
|Kincaid, Graciela, Roberts, J. Timmons No Talk, Some Walk: Obama Administration First-Term Rhetoric on Climate Change and US International Climate Budget Commitments. Global Environmental Politics. 2013; 13 (4) : 41-60.|
|Waldron, A., Mooers, A. O., Miller, D. C., Nibbelink, N., Redding, D., Kuhn, T. S., Roberts, J. T., Gittleman, J. L. Targeting global conservation funding to limit immediate biodiversity declines. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 2013; 110 (29) : 12144-12148.|
|Ciplet, David, Roberts, J. Timmons, Khan, Mizan The Politics of International Climate Adaptation Funding: Justice and Divisions in the Greenhouse. Global Environmental Politics. 2013; 13 (1) : 49-68.|
|Waldron, A., Sekercioglu, C. H., Miller, D. C., Mooers, A. O., Roberts, J. T., Gittleman, J. L. Turkey's Biodiversity Funding on the Rise. Science. 2013; 341 (6151) : 1173-1173.|
|Miller, Daniel C., Agrawal, Arun, Roberts, J. Timmons Biodiversity, Governance, and the Allocation of International Aid for Conservation. Conservation Letters. 2012; 6 (1) : 12-20.|
|Steinberger, Julia K., Timmons Roberts, J., Peters, Glen P., Baiocchi, Giovanni Pathways of human development and carbon emissions embodied in trade. Nature Climate change. 2012; 2 (2) : 81-85.|
|Cole, John C., Roberts, J. Timmons Lost opportunities? A comparative assessment of social development elements of six hydroelectricity CDM projects in Brazil and Peru. Climate and Development. 2011; 3 (4) : 361-379.|
|Tierney, Michael J., Nielson, Daniel L., Hawkins, Darren G., Roberts, J. Timmons, Findley, Michael G., Powers, Ryan M., Parks, Bradley, Wilson, Sven E., Hicks, Robert L. More Dollars than Sense: Refining Our Knowledge of Development Finance Using AidData. World Development. 2011; 39 (11) : 1891-1906.|
|Roberts, J. Timmons Multipolarity and the new world (dis)order: US hegemonic decline and the fragmentation of the global climate regime. Global Environmental Change. 2011; 21 (3) : 776-784.|
|Stadelmann, Martin, Roberts, J. Timmons, Michaelowa, Axel New and additional to what? Assessing options for baselines to assess climate finance pledges. Climate and Development. 2011; 3 (3) : 175-192.|
|Rudel, Thomas K., Roberts, J. Timmons, Carmin, JoAnn Political Economy of the Environment. Annu. Rev. Sociol.. 2011; 37 (1) : 221-238.|
|Parks, B. C., Roberts, J. T. Climate Change, Social Theory and Justice. Theory, Culture & Society. 2010; 27 (2-3) : 134-166.|
|Steinberger, Julia K., Roberts, J. Timmons From constraint to sufficiency: The decoupling of energy and carbon from human needs, 1975–2005. Ecological Economics. 2010; 70 (2) : 425-433.|
|Parag, Yael, Roberts, J. Timmons A Battle Against the Bottles: Building, Claiming, and Regaining Tap-Water Trustworthiness. Society & Natural Resources. 2009; 22 (7) : 625-636.|
|Roberts, J. T., Parks, B. C. Ecologically Unequal Exchange, Ecological Debt, and Climate Justice: The History and Implications of Three Related Ideas for a New Social Movement. International Journal of Comparative Sociology. 2009; 50 (3-4) : 385-409.|
|Mohai, Paul, Pellow, David, Roberts, J. Timmons Environmental Justice. Annual Review of Environment and Resources. 2009; 34 (1) : 405-430.|
|Roberts, J. Timmons, Parks, Bradley C., Tierney, Michael J., Hicks, Robert L. Has Foreign Aid Been Greened?. Environment: Science and Policy for Sustainable Development. 2009; 51 (1) : 8-21.|
|Boyd, Emily, Hultman, Nate, Timmons Roberts, J., Corbera, Esteve, Cole, John, Bozmoski, Alex, Ebeling, Johannes, Tippman, Robert, Mann, Philip, Brown, Katrina, Liverman, Diana M. Reforming the CDM for sustainable development: lessons learned and policy futures. Environmental Science & Policy. 2009; 12 (7) : 820-831.|
|Timmons Roberts, J. The International Dimension of Climate Justice and the Need for International Adaptation Funding. Environmental Justice. 2009; 2 (4) : 185-190.|
|Kemberling, Melissa, Roberts, J. Timmons When time is on their side: determinants of outcomes in new siting and existing contamination cases in Louisiana. Environmental Politics. 2009; 18 (6) : 851-868.|
|Malhi, Y., Roberts, J. T., Betts, R. A., Killeen, T. J., Li, W., Nobre, C. A. Climate Change, Deforestation, and the Fate of the Amazon. Science. 2008; 319 (5860) : 169-172.|
|ROBERTS, J Commentary: Challenges and opportunities for global environmental governance in the 21st century☆. Global Environmental Change. 2008; 18 (3) : 375-379.|
|Lemos, M. C., Roberts, J. T. Environmental policy-making networks and the future of the Amazon. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. 2008; 363 (1498) : 1897-1902.|
|Parks, Bradley C, Roberts, J Timmons Inequality and the global climate regime: breaking the north-south impasse. Cambridge Review of International Affairs. 2008; 21 (4) : 621-648.|
|Betts, R. A, Malhi, Y., Roberts, J. T. The future of the Amazon: new perspectives from climate, ecosystem and social sciences. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. 2008; 363 (1498) : 1729-1735.|
|Roberts, T. Environmental Sociology: From Analysis to Action. Contemporary Sociology: A Journal of Reviews. 2007; 36 (4) : 359-360.|
|Timmons Roberts, J., Parks, Bradley C. Fueling Injustice: Globalization, Ecologically Unequal Exchange and Climate Change. Globalizations. 2007; 4 (2) : 193-210.|
|Parks, Bradley C., Roberts, J. Timmons Globalization, Vulnerability to Climate Change, and Perceived Injustice. Society & Natural Resources. 2006; 19 (4) : 337-355.|
|TOFFOLON-WEISS, MELISSA, ROBERTS, J. TIMMONS Toxic Torts, Public Interest Law, and Environmental Justice: Evidence from Louisiana*. Law <html_ent glyph="@amp;" ascii="&"/> Policy. 2004; 26 (2) : 259-287.|
|Roberts, J. Timmons, Parks, Bradley C., Vásquez, Alexis A. Who Ratifies Environmental Treaties and Why? Institutionalism, Structuralism and Participation by 192 Nations in 22 Treaties. Global Environmental Politics. 2004; 4 (3) : 22-64.|
|Baugher, J. E., Timmons Roberts, J. Workplace Hazards, Unions, and Coping Styles. Labor Studies Journal. 2004; 29 (2) : 83-106.|
|Baugher, John E., Roberts, J. Timmons Workplace Hazards, Unions, and Coping Styles. Labor Studies Journal. 2004; 29 (2) : 83-106.|
2015 Takahashi, Bruno, Guy Edwards, and J. Timmons Roberts. "Exploring the use of online platforms for climate change policy and public engagement by NGOs in Latin America." Environmental Communication. Forthcoming.
2015 Pickering, Jonathan, Jakob Skovgaard, Soyeun Kim, J. Timmons Roberts, David Rossati; Martin Stadelmann, and Hendrikje Reich. “Acting on Climate Finance Pledges: Inter-Agency Dynamics and Relationships with Aid in Contributor States.” World Development. Forthcoming.
2014 Lamb, WF, JK Steinberger, A Bows-Larkin, GP Peters, JT Roberts. “Transitions in pathways of human development and carbon emissions.” Environmental Research Letters 9 (1), 014011
2014 Grasso, Marco and J. Timmons Roberts. “A compromise to break the climate impasse.” Nature: Climate Change. Vol. 4: 543-549. July. Published online 8 June. doi:10.1038/nclimate2259
2013 "Least Developed, Most Vulnerable: Risks and Opportunities of Fast Start Climate Finance and Beyond for the LDCs." David Kaluba, Timmons Roberts, David Ciplet*, Spencer Fields*, Keith Madden*, and Mizan Khan. Policy Briefing, European Capacity Building Initiative/Oxford Climate Policy, March 2013. [white paper, not peer reviewed]
2013 "Adaptation and International Climate Policy." Forthcoming in Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews—WIREs--Climate Change. Mizan Khan and J. Timmons Roberts.
2013 "Towards a Binding Adaptation Regime: Three Levers and Two Instruments." Mizan Khan and J. Timmons Roberts. Forthcoming in Suzanne Moser and Maxwell Boykoff, Successful Adaptation. (London: Routledge Publishers).
2013 "The Impact of Climate Change on Human Security in Latin America and the Caribbean." Úrsula Oswald Spring, Hans Günter Brauch, Guy Edwards and J. Timmons Roberts. In Michael Redclift and Marco Grasso (Editors). Climate change and Human Security Handbook. (Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2013).
2013 "The Politics of International Climate Adaptation Funding: Justice and Divisions in the Greenhouse." David Ciplet*, J. Timmons Roberts, and Mizan Khan. Global Environmental Politics, 12:2.
2012 "National emissions pathways and human development: correcting for carbon embodied in trade." Julia Steinberger, J. Timmons Roberts, Glen Peters, and Giovanni Baiocchi. Nature: Climate Change 2 (2), 81-85.
2012 "Biodiversity, Governance, and the Allocation of International Aid for Conservation." Daniel C. Miller, Arun Agrawal1 and J. Timmons Roberts. Conservation Letters. doi: 10.1111/j.1755-263X.2012.00270.x
2012 "The Eight Unmet Promises of Fast-Start Climate Finance." David Ciplet*, Spencer Field*, Keith Madden*, Mizan Khan, and J. Timmons Roberts. International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) Briefing, November 2012. [policy briefing, not peer reviewed] Online at:
2011 "Scoring fast-start climate finance: leaders and laggards in transparency." David Ciplet*, J. Timmons Roberts, Martin Stadelmann, Saleemul Huq, Achala Chandani. International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) Briefing, September 2011. Online at http://pubs.iied.org/17100IIED.html. [policy briefing, not peer reviewed]
2011 "Social Development Aspects of Kyoto Protocol Clean Development Mechanism Projects: A Review of Six Hydroelectricity Projects in Brazil and Peru." John C. Cole and J. Timmons Roberts. Climate and Development 3 (4), 361-379.
2011 "Multipolarity and the New World dis(Order): US Hegemonic Decline and the Fragmentation of the Global Climate Regime." J. Timmons Roberts. Global Environmental Change, Vol. 21 No. 3. Lead article in special issue on "Social Theory and the Environment in the New World dis(Order)" David Sonnenfeld and Arthur Mol, Editors.
2011 Expanding Our Understanding of Aid with a New Generation in Development Finance Information. Edited by J. Timmons Roberts, Darren Hawkins and Michael Findley. Special Issue of World Development. November, 2011 (Vol. 39, No. 11)]. (12 articles)
2011 "Political Economy of the Environment." Thomas K. Rudel, J. Timmons Roberts, and JoAnn Carmin. Annual Review of Sociology 37, 221-238.
2011 "New and additional to what? Assessing options for baselines to assess climate finance pledges." Martin Stadelmann, J. Timmons Roberts, and Axel Michaelowa. Climate and Development Vol. 3 No. 3: 175-192 (lead article).
2011 "A Collective Commitment"? Nailing down Climate Finance at Cancun and Durban." J. Timmons Roberts and Martin Stadelmann. Outreach special issue on Cancun climate negotiations, January 2011.
2011 "Adaptation finance: How can Durban deliver of past promises?" David Ciplet*, J. Timmons Roberts, Mizan Khan, Linlang He* and Spencer Fields*." International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) Briefing, November 2011. Online at http://pubs.iied.org/17115IIED.html [policy briefing, not peer reviewed]
2010 "Keeping a big promise: options for baselines to assess "new and additional" climate finance." Martin Stadelmann, J. Timmons Roberts, and Axel Michaelowa. Working Paper Series, University of Zurich. November 2010. [Working Paper, not peer reviewed]
2010 "How many people does it take … to administer long-term climate finance?" David Ciplet*, Benito Mueller, and J Timmons Roberts. European Capacity Building Initiative (ECBI) Policy Report October 2010.
2010 "Baseline for Trust: Defining 'New and Additional' Climate Funding." International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) Briefing, June 2010. Martin Stadelman, J. Timmons Roberts and Saleemul Huq. Online at http://www.iied.org/pubs/pdfs/17080IIED.pdf [policy briefing, not peer reviewed]
2010 "A 'Shared Vision' of Global Climate Policy: Why Inequality Must Be Addressed to Build a Durable North-South Consensus." J. Timmons Roberts and Bradley C. Parks*. Forthcoming in Climate Change, Ethics and Human Security, edited by Karen O'Brien, Asuncion Lera St. Clair and Berit Kristoffersen. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. [Chapter in edited volume, invited, not peer-reviewed].
2010 "Addressing Inequality and Building Trust to Secure a Post-2012 Global Climate Deal" Bradley C. Parks* and J. Timmons Roberts. In Maxwell Boykoff (Editor) The Politics of Climate Change: A Survey. London: Routledge/Europa. [Chapter in edited volume, invited, not peer-reviewed]
2010 "Structural Obstacles to an Effective Post-2012 Global Climate Agreement: Why Social Structure Matters and How Addressing it Can Help Break the Impasse." Bradley C. Parks* and J. Timmons Roberts. The International Handbook of Environmental Sociology, Second Edition. Edited by Michael R. Redclift and Graham Woodgate. London: Edward Elgar. [Chapter in edited volume, invited, not peer-reviewed].
< Reprinted in Green Planet Blues: Four Decades of Global Environmental Politics. Ken Conca and Geoffrey D. Dabelko (Eds.). 2010. Boulder: Westview Press.
< Reprinted in Environmental Movements and Waste Infrastructure, 2010, Edited by Christopher Rootes and Liam Leonard, London: Routledge.
2010 "Climate Change, Social Theory, and Justice." Bradley C. Parks* and J. Timmons Roberts. Theory, Culture and Society. Vol 27 (2-3): 1-32.
2010 "Copenhagen's Climate Finance Promises: Six Key Questions." International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) Briefing, February 2010. J. Timmons Roberts, Martin Stadelman, and Saleemul Huq. Online at www.iied.org/pubs/pdfs/17071IIED.pdf [policy briefing, not peer reviewed]
2010 "Copenhagen's Climate Finance Pledges." Tiempo: A Bulletin on Climate and Development. Issue 77, p. 28.
2010 "Fast-start Adaptation Funding: Keeping Promises from Copenhagen." International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) Briefing, November 2010. David Ciplet*, Achala Chandani, J. Timmons Roberts and Saleemul Huq. Online at http://www.iied.org/pubs/pdfs/17080IIED.pdf [policy briefing, not peer reviewed]
2009 "Billions at Stake in Climate Finance: Four Key Lessons." International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) Briefing, November 2009. Peter Newell, J. Timmons Roberts, Emily Boyd, and Saleemul Huq. Online at: www.iied.org/pubs/display.php?o=17075IIED [policy briefing, not peer reviewed]
2009 "A Battle Against the Bottles: Building, Claiming, and Regaining Tap Water Trustworthiness." Yael Parag and J. Timmons Roberts, Society and Natural Resources, 22(7): 625-636, August.
2009 "Ecologically Unequal Exchange, Ecological Debt, and Climate Justice: The History and Implications of Three Related Ideas for a New Social Movement." J. Timmons Roberts and Bradley C. Parks*. International Journal of Comparative Sociology Vol. 50(3–4): 381–408.
2009 "How can the Clean Development Mechanism better contribute to sustainable development?" Nathan E. Hultman, Emily Boyd, J. Timmons Roberts, John Cole*, Esteve Corbera, Johannes Ebeling, Katrina Brown, and Diana M. Liverman. Ambio 38(2):120-122. ["Synopsis," not peer-reviewed]
2009 "When Time is On Their Side: Determinants of Outcomes in New Siting and Existing Contamination Cases in Louisiana." Melissa M. Kemberling* and J. Timmons Roberts. Environmental Politics, vol.18, no.6 (2009): 851–868.
< Reprinted in Bruce Pobodnik and Thomas Reifer, Editors. 2009. Transforming Globalization: Challenges and Opportunities in the Post 9/11 Era. Chicago: Haymarket Books.
2009 "The International Dimension of Climate Justice and the Need for International Adaptation Funding." J. Timmons Roberts. Environmental Justice, Volume 2, Number 4.
2009 "Environmental Justice." Paul Mohai, David Pellow, and J. Timmons Roberts. Annual Review of Environment and Resources 34:16.1-16.26. Online at environ.annualreviews.org
2008 "Preface to Special Issue on Climate Change and the Fate of the Amazon." Yadvinder Malhi, J. Timmons Roberts, and Richard Betts. Philosophical Transactions of the Academy of the Royal Society Volume 363, Number 1498 / May 27 2008.
2008 "Climate Change, Deforestation, and the Fate of the Amazon." Yadvinder Malhi, J. Timmons Roberts, Richard A. Betts, Timothy Killeen, Wenhong Li, and Carlos A. Nobre. Science Vol. 319: 169-172. 11 January 2008. Released on Science Express 22 November 2007.
2008 "Inequality and the Global Climate Regime: Breaking the North-South Impasse." Bradley C. Parks* and J. Timmons Roberts. Cambridge Review of International Affairs 21 (4), 621-648. Special issue on climate change.
2008 "Has Foreign Aid Been Greened?" J. Timmons Roberts, Bradley C. Parks*, Michael Tierney, and Robert Hicks. Environment. Vol. 50, No. 6: 24-35. [Not blind reviewed].
2008 "Grandfathering, Carbon Intensity, Historical Responsibility, or Contract/Converge?" J. Timmons Roberts and Bradley C. Parks*. P. 158-178 in Steven Berntein, Jutta Brunnee, David G. Duff, and Andrew J. Green. A Globally Integrated Climate Policy for Canada. Toronto: University of Toronto Press. [Chapter in edited volume, invited, not peer-reviewed]
2008 "Climate Change: Why the Old Approaches Aren't Working." In Twenty Lectures in Environmental Sociology. In Kenneth Gould and Tammy Lewis, editors. Oxford University Press, Forthcoming 2008 [Chapter in edited volume, invited, not peer-reviewed]
2008 Climate change and the fate of the Amazon edited by Yadvinder Malhi, Richard Betts and Timmons Roberts. Special Issue of the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society. Vol. 363, No. 1498 / May 27 2008: p. 1727-1932 (27 articles).
2008 Greening Aid? Explaining Environmental Foreign Assistance. Robert Hicks, Bradley Parks*, J. Timmons Roberts, and Michael Tierney. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
2008 "Commentary: Challenges and Opportunities for Global Environmental Governance in the 21st Century." J. Timmons Roberts. Global Environmental Change Vol. 18, No. 3, September 2008: 1-5.
2008 "The Future of the Amazon: New Perspectives from Climate, Ecosystem and Social Sciences." Richard Betts, Yadvinder Malhi, and J. Timmons Roberts. Philosophical Transactions of the Academy of the Royal Society Volume 363, Number 1498 / May 27 2008: p. 1729-1735.
2008 "The Reality of Official Climate Aid." J. Timmons Roberts, Kara Starr*, Thomas Jones*, Dina Abdel-Fattah*. Oxford Energy and Environment Comment, November 2008. Oxford Institute for Energy Studies. [Working paper, not peer-reviewed.]
2007 "The Clean Development Mechanism: As Assessment of Current Practice and Future Approaches for Policy." Emily Boyd, Nathan E. Hultman, J. Timmons Roberts, Esteve Corbera, (Contributing authors: Johannes Eberling, Diana M. Liverman, Kate Brown, Robert Tippmann, John Cole, Phil Mann, Marius Kaiser, Mike Robbins, Adam Bumpus, Allen Shaw, Educardo Ferreira, Alex Bozmoski, Chris Villiers and Jonathan Avis.) Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research/Oxford University Environmental Change Institute Working Paper 114. [working paper, not peer-reviewed]
2007 "Saving the Earth One Place at a Time: Working for Change in Local Government." [Commissioned piece for Annenberg Foundation citizenship education curriculum guide, Keith Whitescarver, editor, not peer-reviewed]
< Reprinted in edited book published in spring 2007 in Routledge series "Rethinking Globalizations."
2007 "Globalization: The Environment and Development Debate." Pp. 3-18 in The Politics of the Environment. London: Routledge Europa. Chuks Okereke editor. [Chapter in edited volume, invited, not peer-reviewed]
2007 The Globalization and Development Reader: Perspectives on Development and Social Change (Second Edition). J. Timmons Roberts and Amy Hite*. London: Blackwell Publishers.
2007 A Climate Of Injustice: Global Inequality, North-South Politics, and Climate Policy. J. Timmons Roberts and Bradley Parks*. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press.
2007 "Fueling Injustice: Globalization, the Ecological Debt, and Confronting Responsibility for Climate Change." J. Timmons Roberts and Bradley C. Parks*. Globalizations Vol 4 No. 1;
2007 "Urgent But Uncertain: The Dilemmas for Climate Change, Development, Adaptation and Justice for Development and Humanitarian Work." Monday Developments: The Latest Issues and Trends in International Development and Humanitarian Assistance. August, 2007: p.10-11. [Specialty magazine article, not peer-reviewed]
2007 "The Media and Climate Change Aid." (Maxwell Boykoff and J. Timmons Roberts), background paper commissioned by the United Nations Development Programme for Human Development Report 2007. [white paper, not peer-reviewed]
2006 "Globalization, Vulnerability to Climate Change, and Perceived Injustice in the South." Bradley C. Parks* and J. Timmons Roberts. Society and Natural Resources. 19 (4): 337-355, April, 2006.
< Reprinted in Andrew Jorgenson and Edward Lee Kick (Editors) Globalization and the Environment. Brill Studies in Critical Social Sciences, 2006.
2006. "Globalizing Environmental Justice: Trend and Imperative." J. Timmons Roberts. In Ronald Sandler and Phaedra C. Pezzullo (Eds.) Environmental Justice and Environmentalism: The Social Justice Challenge to the Environmental Movement. MIT Press, November, 2006. [Chapter in edited volume, peer-reviewed]
2005. "Who Wins, Who Loses? Understanding Outcomes of Environmental Injustice Struggles." J. Timmons Roberts and M. Toffolon-Weiss*. In David N. Pellow and Robert J. Brulle, eds. Power, Justice and the Environment: A Critical Reappraisal of the Environmental Justice Movement. MIT Press. [Chapter in edited volume, peer-reviewed]
2005. "Environmental and Ecological Justice." J. Timmons Roberts and Bradley C. Parks*. In Michele M. Betsill, Kathryn Hochstetler and Dimitris Stevis Palgrave Advances in International Environmental Politics. Palgrave. [Chapter in edited volume, peer-reviewed]
2004. "Environment and Vulnerability in Latin America and the Caribbean: Our Shared Responsibility in a Globalized World." Catholic Institute for International Relations (CIIR) Comment Series, Summer 2004. J. Timmons Roberts and Bradley C. Parks*. [not peer-reviewed]
2004. "Toxic Torts, Public Interest Law and Environmental Justice: Evidence from Louisiana. Melissa M. Toffolon-Weiss* and J. Timmons Roberts. Law and Policy Vol. 26 No. 2. p. 259-287.
2004. "Workplace Hazards, Unions And Coping Styles." John E. Baugher* and J. Timmons Roberts. Labor Studies Journal. Vol. 29, No. 2. p. 83-106.
2004. "Who Signs Environmental Treaties and Why? Institutionalism, Structuralism and Participation by 192 Nations in 22 Treaties." J. Timmons Roberts, Bradley C. Parks* and Alexis Vasquez*. Global Environmental Politics 4:3: 22-64.
2004. "Blue-Green Coalitions: Constraints and Possibilities in the Post 9-11 Political Environment." Kenneth Gould, Tammy Lewis and J. Timmons Roberts. Journal of World-System Research. Vol. X, No. 1. p. 90-116.
2003. "Social Roots Of Global Environmental Change: A World Systems Analysis Of Carbon Dioxide Emissions." J. Timmons Roberts, Peter E. Grimes, and Jodie Manale*. Journal of World-System Research Vol. IX, No. 2, July, 2003.
< Reprinted in Environment, Energy, and Society: Exemplary Works. Craig R. Humphrey, Tammy L. Lewis, and Frederick H. Buttel. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Sociology Reader Series. 2003.
2003 Trouble in Paradise: Globalization and Environmental Crises in Latin America. J. Timmons Roberts and Nikki Thanos*. London: Routledge publishers.
2003. "Fear at Work, Fear at Home: Surveying the New Geography of Dread in America Post 9-11." J. Timmons Roberts and Moona Em*. International Journal of Mass Emergency and Disaster Research. Vol. 21, No. 3, p 41-55.
2003 "Globalization and the Environment" syllabus and supporting materials published in Rik Scarce and Michael Mascarenhas, editors. Syllabi and Instructional Material in Environmental Sociology. 5th Edition. Washington, DC: American Sociological Association. 2003. [pedagogical notes/syllabus]
2002 "Explaining Outcomes of Environmental Injustice Struggles: A Framework and Evidence from Louisiana." J. Timmons Roberts and Melissa M. Toffolon-Weiss*. In Henri Acselrad and Selene Herculano (eds.) Justiça Ambiental, Trabalho e Cidadania. Volume funded by the Ford Foundation. [Chapter in edited volume, peer-reviewed]
2002 "World-System Theory and the Environment: Toward a New Synthesis." J. Timmons Roberts and Peter E. Grimes. in Sociological Theory and the Environment: Classical Foundations, Contemporary Insights. Edited by Riley E. Dunlap, Fredrick H. Buttel, Peter Dickens, and August Gijswijt. Lanham: Roman and Littlefield Publishers. [Chapter in edited volume, peer-reviewed]
2001 "Global Inequality and Climate Change." Society and Natural Resources. Vol. 14, No. 6, p. 501-509
2001 "North American Conceptions of Environmental Justice." Wilson Madeira Filho (ed.) "Direito e Justiça Ambiental". Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: UFF - Universidade Federal Fluminense. [Chapter in non-peer reviewed edited volume]
2001 Chronicles from the Environmental Justice Frontline. J. Timmons Roberts and Melissa Toffolon-Weiss*. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
2000 "Towards a Sociology of Brownfields: An Interview with David Pellow." Environment, Technology and Society, No. 97, Spring 2000. p. 1, 4-5. [not peer reviewed]
2000 "Environmental Concern and Activism." Major Entry for the Encyclopedia of Contemporary Latin American and Caribbean Cultures. Routledge. [encyclopedia entry, not peer-reviewed]
2000 "Brazil: Sociology" section of the Library of Congress' Handbook of Latin American Studies, 2000. With Joyce Baugher. Austin: University of Texas Press. [major section of reference volume, not peer-reviewed]
2000 From Modernization to Globalization: Perspectives on Development and Social Change. J. Timmons Roberts and Amy Hite*. London: Blackwell Publishers.
2000 "Environmental Issues." Major Entry for the Encyclopedia of Contemporary Latin American and Caribbean Cultures. Routledge. [encyclopedia entry, not peer-reviewed]
2000 "Entrevista: Timmons Roberts." Jornal Segurança & Saúde no Trabalho. Ano 5, No. 52, December, 2000. P. 6-7. [interview, non-peer reviewed]
1999 "Extending the World-system to the Whole System: Towards a Political Economy of the Biosphere." J. Timmons Roberts and Peter E. Grimes. P. 59-83 in The Global Environment and the World-System. Greenwood Press. Walter Goldfrank, David Goodman, and Andrew Szasz, editors. [Chapter in edited volume, peer-reveiewed]
1999 "Perceptions and Worry about Hazards at Work: Unions, Contract Maintenance, and Job Control in the U.S. Petrochemical Industry." John E. Baugher* and J. Timmons Roberts. Industrial Relations Vol. 38 No. 4: 522-541.
1999 "Mobilizing Environmental Sociology Classes in Collective Projects." Environment, Technology and Society No. 89, Spring, 1999, p. 1-4. This note is also available through the section webpage at Communications for a Sustainable Future. http://csf.colorado.edu/envtecsoc/etwjtr.htm [pedagogical note]
1998 "Fear of Crime and Collective Action: An Analysis of Coping Strategies." Lesley Williams Reid*, J. Timmons Roberts and Heather Munro Hilliard*. Sociological Inquiry 68(3): 312-328.
1998 "Latin American Environmentalism: Comparative Views." Christen, Catherine, Selene Herculano, Kathryn Hochstetler, Renae Prell, Marie Price, and J. Timmons Roberts. Studies in Comparative International Development Vol. 33, No. 2: 58-87.
1998 "Emerging Global Environmental Standards: Prospects and Perils." J. Timmons Roberts. Journal of Developing Societies Vol XIV-fasc. 1: 144-165.
1998 "Reply to McNaughton and Lee." J. Timmons Roberts and Peter Grimes. World Development. Vol. 26, No. 12: 2221. December.
1998 "The Social Context of Democracy in Brazil." Timothy J. Power and J.Timmons Roberts. In Peter Kingstone and Timothy J. Power (eds.), Democratic Brazil, University of Pittsburgh Press. [Chapter in edited volume, peer-reviewed]
Translated into Portuguese as "Voto Obrigatorio, Votos Invalidos e Abstencionismo no Brasil". Estudos Eleitorais Vol 1, No. 3: 161-196. 1998.
Reprinted in Proshanta K. Nandi and Shahid M. Shahidullah. Globalization and the Evolving World Society. Leiden: Brill. 1998
1997, 1999 Syllabi published in American Sociological Association Curriculum Resource Center's 1999 Environmental Sociology volume, 1997 Internationalizing Sociology volume. [pedagogical note, not peer-reviewed]
1997 "Negotiating Both Sides of the Plant Gate: Hazardous Facility Workers and Community Responses to Hazards." Current Sociology (1997) Vol. 45 No. 3: 157-177.
1997 "The Military-Industrial-Media Complex: Old Biases, New Linkages." P. 45-54 in The Gulf War as Popular Entertainment: An Analysis of the Military-Industrial Media Complex. Edited by Paul Leslie. Symposium Series Vol. 42, Lewiston: Edwin Mellen Press. [Chapter in edited volume, non-peer reviewed]
1997 "Carbon Intensity and Economic Development 1962-1991: A Brief Exploration of the Environmental Kuznets Curve." J. Timmons Roberts and Peter E. Grimes. World Development Vol. 25, No. 2: 181-187.
1997 "Environmental Sociology." Syllabus and introductory statement. In "Teaching Political Ecology" section of Capitalism, Nature, Socialism (Vol. 8), 1997. Also available through the Center for Political Ecology's "Clearinghouse on Political Ecology" on its World Wide Web page. [pedagogical information, not peer reviewed]
1996 "Classroom Simulations of Environmental Conflicts--A Pedagogical Note." Environment, Technology and Society No. 82, Summer 1996, p. 1-4. This note is also available through the Center for Political Ecology's "Clearinghouse on Political Ecology" on its World Wide Web page, and is forthcoming in the Environmental Justice Teaching Resource Guidebook, Robert Bullard, ed. [pedagogical note, not peer-reviewed]
1996 "Predicting Participation in Environmental Treaties: A World-System Analysis." Sociological Inquiry, Vol. 66, No.1, pp. 38-57.
1996 "Global Restructuring and the Environment in Latin America." Pp. 187-210 in Latin America in the World Economy, Edited by Roberto P. Korzeniewicz and William C. Smith, Greenwood Press. [Chapter in edited volume, peer-reviewed]
1995 "Population Growth, Sex Ratio and Women's Work on the Contemporary Amazon Frontier." J. Timmons Roberts and F. Nai-Amoo Dodoo. 1995 Yearbook of the Conference of Latin American Geographers, pp. 91-105.
1995 "Compulsory Voting, Invalid Ballots, and Abstention in Brazil." Timothy J. Power and J. Timmons Roberts. Political Research Quarterly Vol. 48, No. 3, pp. 795-826.
1995 "Subcontracting and the Omitted Social Impacts of Development Projects: Household Survival at the Carajás Mines in the Brazilian Amazon." Economic Development and Cultural Change, Vol. 43 No. 4, pp. 735-58.
1995 "Trickling-Down and Scrambling-Up: Informal Sectors and Local Benefits of a Mining 'Growth Pole' in the Brazilian Amazon." World Development, Vol. 23 No. 3, pp. 385-400.
1995 "Perceived Work Hazards and Job Strain in Eleven Nations" J. Timmons Roberts and John E. Baugher*. International Journal of Contemporary Sociology Vol. 32, No. 2, pp. 235-249.
1995 "Expansion of Television in Eastern Amazonia." Geographical Review Vol. 85, No. 1, pp. 41--49.
1993 "Power and Placenames: A Case Study from the Contemporary Amazon Frontier." Names Vol. 41 No. 3, pp. 159-181, September, 1993.
1993 "Psychosocial Effects of Workplace Hazardous Exposures: Theoretical Synthesis and Preliminary Findings." Social Problems Vol. 40, pp. 74-89, March, 1993.
1992 "Squatters and Amazon Urban Growth." The Geographical Review. Vol. 82 No. 4, pp. 441-457. February, 1992.
1992 "Crisis and Environment [Features: Brazil]." Hemisphere: A Magazine of Latin American and Caribbean Affairs. 6(1): 26-30. 1992. [not peer reviewed]
2010 "From Constraint to Sufficiency: The Decoupling of Energy and Carbon from Human Needs, 1975-2005." Julia K. Steinberger and J. Timmons Roberts. Ecological Economics 70: 425-433.
2008 "Environmental Policymaking Networks and the Future of the Amazon." Maria Carmen Lemos and J. Timmons Roberts. Philosophical Transactions of the Academy of the Royal Society. Volume 363, Number 1498 / May 27, 2008: p. 1897-1902.
|1992||PhD||The Johns Hopkins University|
|1989||MA||The Johns Hopkins University|
2014 Frederick H. Buttel Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Environmental Sociology by the International Sociological Association's Research Committee on Environment and Society
2014 Brown University awarded "Green University of 2014" by International Climate Reporting Service RTCC.org, based on Roberts' Climate and Development Lab and the passage of the Resilient Rhode Island Act
2012 Named Non-Resident Senior Fellow, the Brookings Institution
2011 Selected for National Academy of Sciences Board on Environmental Change and Society
2011 Named Ittleson Professor of Environmental Studies, Brown University
2008 Fred Buttel Distinguished Contribution Award, the Environment and Technology Section of the American Sociological Association
2001 Graduate Student Association "Teacher of the Year" Award, Department of Sociology, Tulane
2001 Latin American Studies Graduate Student Association Teaching Award
2000 Presidential Certificate in Undergraduate Teaching in recognition of the Service Learning Teaching Award
2000, 2001 Mortar Board (Alpha Sigma Sigma Chapter) Award for Outstanding Teaching, Newcomb College
1999 The Tulane College Senior Class Outstanding Advisor Award for Exemplary Service to Students
1993, 1996 Nominated for the Tulane Graduate School Student Association Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching
1989-1990 Fulbright Scholarship for research in the Brazilian Amazon
American Sociological Association
Section on Environment and Technology
Section on Political Economy of the World System
International Studies Association
International Sociological Association
Working Group 24 Environment and Technology
Environmental Sociology; Globalization, Development and Social Change; Research Methods; Environmental Governance and Policy; Environmental Justice; Latin America; Climate Change; Environmental Studies; Engaged Research Workshops
|ENVS 0150 - Climate Futures and a Sociology of Just Transitions|
|ENVS 1415 - Power, Justice, and Climate Change|
|ENVS 1500 - Environmental Justice and Climate Change in Rhode Island TRI-Lab Engaged Research|
|ENVS 1501 - TRI-Lab on Climate Change and Environmental Justice in Rhode IslandPart 2|
|ENVS 1575 - Engaged Climate Policy at the UN Climate Change Talks|
|ENVS 1755 - Globalization and the Environment|