Congratulations to CCAS Associate Professor Marwa Daoudy, co-winner of the 2020 Harold and Margaret Sprout Award for her book The Origins of the Syrian Conflict: Climate Change and Human Security (Cambridge University Press, 2020)! The Sprout Award, established in 1972, is given annually by the Environmental Studies Section of the International Studies Association to the best book in the field of environmental politics. Books are selected on the basis of their research rigor, their contribution to theory and interdisciplinarity, and their accessibility and practical relevance.
The Origins of the Syrian Conflict offers a new conceptual framework for evaluating the claim that climate change caused the Syrian uprising and contributes to scholarship in the fields of critical security, environmental security, human security, and Arab politics. You can read more about the book and the research behind it in this Q&A with Professor Daoudy. Dr. Daoudy is an Associate Professor at CCAS and SFS and the Seif Ghobash Chair in Arab Studies. Her first book, The Water Divide between Syria, Turkey and Iraq (CNRS-Editions) won the Ernest Lémonon prize of the French Academy.