Faculty Bios


Leah S. Horowitz
On leave Fall 2014

Office: 1188 Fort Street, Suite 313, Honolulu, HI 96813 (MP building)
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E-mail: lhorowitz[at]hpu.edu

Leah S. Horowitz, Ph.D.
On leave Fall 2014
Associate Professor of Geography
Global Leadership and Sustainable Development Program

Ph.D. Australian National University, 2003
M.Phil. University of Cambridge, 1996
B.A. Amherst College, 1994

As a critical cultural geographer, my research focuses on conflicts over environmental governance, involving local communities, governments at various scales, corporations, non-governmental organizations, and grassroots groups. Ultimately, my work aims to help find ways for all these stakeholders to work together toward environmental conservation. I have addressed these research goals through studies of mining activities in New Caledonia, Australia, New Zealand, and Brazil; and biodiversity conservation in New Caledonia, Malaysia, Madagascar, Australia, Guatemala, and the U.S. Specifically, my research contributes to our understanding of the importance of relationships and networks – and the crucial role emotions play within these – in enabling and shaping various modes of environmental governance as well as resistance to them.

Please see my CV for more details.


Journal articles

Horowitz, L.S. in press. Culturally articulated neoliberalization: Corporate Social Responsibility and the capture of indigenous legitimacy in New Caledonia. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers. Blog entry: http://blog.geographydirections.com/

Johnson, B.B. and L.S. Horowitz in press. Beliefs about ecological impacts predict deer acceptance capacity and hunting support. Society and Natural Resources.

Horowitz, L.S. 2013. Toward empathic agonism: Conflicting vulnerabilities in urban wetland governance. Environment and Planning A 45(10): 2344-2361. Key findings brief: http://www.scholarsstrategynetwork.org/sites/default/files/ssn_key_findings_horowitz_on_empathy_and_environmental_education_0.pdf

Le Meur, P.-Y., L.S. Horowitz, and T. Mennesson 2013. “Horizontal” and “vertical” diffusion: The cumulative influence of Impact and Benefit Agreements (IBAs) on mining policy production in New Caledonia. Resources Policy 38(4): 648-656.

Horowitz, L.S. 2012. Power, profit, protest: Grassroots resistance to industry in the global North. Capitalism Nature Socialism 23(3): 21-34. 

Horowitz, L.S. 2012. Translation alignment: Actor-Network Theory, resistance, and the power dynamics of alliance in New Caledonia. Antipode 44(3): 806-827. Video abstract: http://wp.me/p16RPC-nh

Horowitz, L.S. 2011. Interpreting industry’s impacts: Micropolitical ecologies of divergent community responses. Development and Change 42(6): 1379-1391.

McPherson, M., L.S. Horowitz, D. Lusher, S. Di Giglio, L.E. Greenacre, Y.B. Saalmann. 2011. Marginal women, marginal rights: Impediments to Gender-Based Persecution claims by asylum-seeking women in Australia. Journal of Refugee Studies 24(2): 323-347.

Horowitz, L.S., M. McPherson, Y.B. Saalmann. 2011. Removing barriers to the emergence and assessment of claims of Gender-Based Persecution by asylum seekers in Australia. Journal of Refugee Studies 24(2): 349-350.

Horowitz, L.S. 2010. "Twenty years is yesterday": Science, multinational mining, and the political ecology of trust in New Caledonia. Geoforum 41(4): 617-626.

Horowitz, L.S. 2009. Environmental violence and crises of legitimacy in New Caledonia. Political Geography 28(4): 248-258.

Horowitz, L.S. 2008. Destroying God's creation or using what He provided?: Cultural models of a mining project in New Caledonia. Human Organization 67(3): 292-306.

Horowitz, L.S. 2008. "It's up to the clan to protect": Cultural heritage and the micropolitical ecology of conservation in New Caledonia. The Social Science Journal 45(2): 258-278.

Horowitz, L. 2006. Editorial: Section 2: Mining and sustainable development. Journal of Cleaner Production 14(3-4): 307-308.

Horowitz, L. and F. Solomon 2005. Make mine certification: A new co-operative project between mining companies and NGOs is looking to set an exam for mine sites to show they pass muster. Ethical Investor 42 (March 2005): 33.

Horowitz, L.S. 2004. Toward a viable independence? The Koniambo Project and the political economy of mining in New Caledonia. The Contemporary Pacific 16(2): 287-319.

Horowitz, L.S. 2003. La micropolitique de la mine en Nouvelle-Calédonie. Journal de la Société des Océanistes 117(2): 255-271.

Maschia, M.B., J.P. Brosius, T.A. Dobson, B.C. Forbes, L. Horowitz, M.A. McKean, N.J. Turner 2003. Editorial: Conservation and the social sciences. Conservation Biology 17(3): 649-650.

Horowitz, L. 2002. Daily, immediate conflicts: An analysis of villagers’ arguments about a multinational nickel mining project in New Caledonia. Oceania 73(1): 35-55.

Horowitz, L.S. 2001. Perceptions of nature and responses to environmental degradation in New Caledonia. Ethnology 40(3): 237-250.

Horowitz, L.S. 1998. Integrating indigenous resource management with wildlife conservation: A case study of Batang Ai National Park, Sarawak, Malaysia. Human Ecology 26(3): 371-403.

Edited Collections

Horowitz, L.S. (ed.) 2012. Environmental resistance in the global North. Capitalism Nature Socialism 23(3).

Horowitz, L.S. (ed.) 2011. Grassroots responses to industrial development. Development and Change 42(6).

Book chapters

Horowitz, L.S. 2010. « Exploiter » ou « gérer » la création de Dieu ? Modèles culturels dans un projet minier en Nouvelle-Calédonie. Pp. 143-171 in E. Faugère and I. Merle (eds.) La Nouvelle-Calédonie, vers un destin commun ? Nouveaux terrains, nouveaux enjeux. Karthala, Paris.

Horowitz, L.S. and Batterbury, S. 2007. New Caledonia. Pp. 1234-1235 in P. Robbins (ed.) The encyclopedia of environment and society. Sage, Thousand Oaks, California, London and New Delhi.

Horowitz, L.S. 2004. Réserver sa place : Définitions kanak du concept de « réserve » de ressources naturelles vivantes. Pp. 141-148 in J.-M. Lebigre and P.M. Decoudras (eds.) Les Aires protégées insulaires et littorales tropicales. CRET, Collection « Îles et archipels » No. 32, Bordeaux.

Horowitz, L.S. 2003. Espaces, espèces, esprits : La « nature » et l’identité culturelle kanak contemporaine. Pp. 139-152 in H. Mokaddem (ed.) Approches autour de culture et nature dans le Pacifique Sud. Expressions, Nouméa.

Other publications

Horowitz, L.S. 2013. Environmental education only works when people feel secure. Key Findings Brief. Scholars Strategy Network, Harvard University.

Horowitz, L.S. 2011. Violence contractuelle : Compagnies minières multinationales et la production du consentement en Nouvelle-Calédonie. Working Paper “Gouvernance Minière” No. 06/11. CNRT “Nickel et son environnement,” Nouméa, New Caledonia.

Horowitz, L.S. 2008. Environmental violence and crises of legitimacy in New Caledonia. SRI Paper No. 14. Sustainability Research Institute, School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds.

Horowitz, L. 2002. Kanak people's engagements with a multinational nickel mining project in New Caledonia. RMAP Working Paper No. 30. Resource Management in Asia-Pacific, Australian National University, Canberra.

Horowitz, L. 2000. Book review of En pays kanak. Ethnologie, linguistique, archéologie, histoire de la Nouvelle-Calédonie. Journal of Pacific History 35(3): 330-331.

Unpublished reports

Horowitz, L.S. 2008. The Social Context of Mining at Ouinné, Yaté County, New Caledonia. Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia.

Horowitz, L.S. 2008. The Social Context of Mining on the Bogota Peninsula, Canala County, New Caledonia. Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia.

Solomon, F., P. Schiavi, L. Horowitz, A. Rouse and M. Rae 2006. Hard Thinking: The Mining Certification Evaluation Project Final Report. WWF-Australia, Melbourne.

Horowitz, L.S. 2001. Étude de faisabilité sur le thème de la création d’un parc naturel dans les îles Loyauté. Loyalty Islands Province, New Caledonia.

Horowitz, L.S. and G.-V. Remond 2000. Étude environnementale de base, volet Étude du patrimoine paysager. Falconbridge, Nouméa, New Caledonia.

Horowitz, L.S. 1997. Encroachment on Protected Areas by Small-Scale Actors: An Examination of the Issues. Conservation International, Washington, D.C., USA.