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University of California Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation

Richard Matthew

Associate Dean of Research and International Programs at the School of Social Ecology; Professor of Urban Planning and Public Policy and Political Science at UC Irvine

Richard A. Matthew, a member of IGCC’s working group on climate change and security, is a professor of International and Environmental Politics in the Schools of Social Ecology and Social Science at the University of California at Irvine (UCI), and founding Director of the Center for Unconventional Security Affairs (

He studies (a) the environmental dimensions of conflict and peacebuilding; (b) climate change adaptation in conflict and post-conflict societies; and (c) transnational threat systems. He has done extensive field work in conflict zones in South Asia and East, Central and West Africa.

In addition to his positions at UCI, he is also a Senior Fellow at the International Institute for Sustainable Development in Geneva; a Senior Fellow at the Munk School at the University of Toronto; a senior member of the United Nations Expert Advisory Group on Environment, Conflict and Peacebuilding; and a member of the World Conservation Union’s Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy. Dr. Matthew has received Certificates of Recognition for his research and service activities from the U.S. Congress, the California State Legislature and the City of Los Angeles. He has over 150 publications including seven books and co-edited volumes.

Expertise & Interests

  • The environmental dimensions of conflict and peacebuilding
  • Climate change adaptation in conflict and post-conflict societies
  • Transnational threat systems