Simone Pulver

Simone Pulver, Associate Professor, Member of PhD Emphasis Affiliate (IEES)
Associate Professor
IEES Affiliate

Contact Phone

(805) 893-3396

Office Location

Bren Hall 4001

Specialization

Global Environmental Politics, Organizational Theory, and the Sociology of Development.

Faculty in Environmental Studies Department

Education

  • Ph.D., Sociology, University of California, Berkeley
  • M.A.,Energy and Resources, University of California, Berkeley
  • B.A., Physics, Princeton University

Bio

Dr. Simone Pulver arrived at UC Santa Barbara as an Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies in 2009. Before coming to UCSB, she was a research professor at Brown University's Watson Institute for International Studies and the Center for Environmental Studies. She received her doctorate in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley and also hold an M.A. in Energy and Resources from UC Berkeley, as well as a BA in Physics from Princeton University. 

Professional Associations, Awards, etc.

  • American Sociological Association
  • International Studies Association
  • "Distinguished Mentor” for the post-doctoral socio-environmental immersion program at the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) at the University of Maryland

Research

Simone Pulver's research focuses broadly on the engagement of non-state actors, i.e. firms, non-governmental organizations and scientific experts, in climate change politics at international and national levels and in industrialized and developing-country settings.

Projects

Her first research project focused on the roles played by transnational oil corporations and transnational environmental advocacy NGOs in the UN climate negotiations. She is currently directing an NSF funded project that investigates clean energy investments by developing-country firms in India and Brazil under the Kyoto Protocol's Clean Development Mechanism. She also has an ongoing project that maps climate policy networks in Mexico.

Publications

Pulver, S. and T. Benney (2013) “Corporate Responses to Climate Change in the Global South” WIREs Climate ChangeDOI: 10.1002/wcc.240

Pulver, S. (2013) “A Climate Leader? The politics and practice of climate governance in Mexico” in Climate Governance in the Developing World, D. Held, C. Roger, and E. Nag (eds). Cambridge, UK: Polity Press.

Hultman, N., S. Pulver, L. Guimaraes, R. Deshmukh, and J. Kane. (2012) “Carbon Market Risks and Rewards: Firm perceptions of CDM investment in Brazil and India” Energy Policy 40:90-102.

Pulver, S. (2012) “Corporate Responses to Climate Change in India” Handbook of Climate Change and India: Development, politics and governance. N. Dubash, ed. (New Delhi: Oxford University Press).

Hultman, N., S. Pulver, S. Pacca, S. Saran, L. Powell, V. Romeiro and T. Benney (2011) “Carbon Markets and Low Carbon Investment in Emerging Economies: A synthesis of parallel workshops in Brazil and India” Energy Policy 39:6698-6700.

Pulver, S. (2011) “Corporate Responses” Oxford Handbook of Climate Change and Society. J. Dryzek, R. Norgaard, and D. Shlosberg, eds. (Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press).

Pulver, S., N. Hultman and L. Guimaraes (2010) "Carbon Market Participation by Sugar Mills in Brazil" Climate and Development 2(3):248-262.

Smith, A. and S. Pulver (2009) "Ethics-Based Environmentalism in Practice: Religious Environmental Organizations in the United States" Worldviews: Global Religions, Culture and Ecology 13(2) 145-179.

Pulver, S. and S. VanDeveer (2009) "'Thinking About Tomorrows': Scenarios, Global Environmental Politics, and Social Science Scholarship" Global Environmental Politics 9(2):1-13.

McAteer, E. and S. Pulver (2009) "The Corporate Boomerang: Shareholder transnational advocacy networks targeting oil companies in the Ecuadorian Amazon" Global Environmental Politics 9(1):1-30.

Pulver, S. (2009) "Climate Change Politics in Mexico" in Changing Climates in North American Politics: Institutions, Policymaking, and Multilevel Governance, Henrik Selin and Stacy VanDeveer, eds. p.25-46. (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press).

O'Neill, B., S. Pulver, S. VanDeveer, and Y. Garb, eds. (2008) "Where Next With Global Environmental Scenarios?" Special issue of Environmental Research Letters

Dreher, K. and S. Pulver (2008) "Environment as 'High Politics'? Explaining Divergence in the United States and European Union's Hazardous Waste Policies" Review of European Community and International Environmental Law 17(3):308-320.

Pulver, S. (2007) "Introduction: Developing-country firms as agents of environmental sustainability?"  Studies in Comparative International Development, 42(3/4):191-207.

Pulver, S.  (2007) "Importing Environmentalism: Explaining Petroleos Mexicanos' proactive climate policy" Studies in Comparative International Development, 42(3/4):233-255.

Pulver, S. (2007) "Making Sense of Corporate Environmentalism: An environmental contestation approach to analyzing the causes and consequences of the climate change policy split in the oil industry." Organization & Environment, 20(1):44-83.

Pulver, S. (2002) "Organizing Business: Industry NGOs in the Climate Debates."  Greener Management International, 39(Autumn):55-67.  

Courses

ES 106: Critical Thinking about Environmental Solutions
ES 131: International Environmental Law and Policy
ES 139: Business and the Environment
ES 193SP: Group Projects on Local Environmental Issues
**ES 293: Organizations and the Environment 
 

**Elective course for IEES