COP 21 Research Team 

Dr. Kimberly Marion Suiseeya (Political Science) and Dr. Laura Zanotti (Anthropology) are launching a new research initiative at Purdue that directly integrates students into research and exposes them to international environmental negotiations.

They are taking five Purdue students to the Paris Climate Summit, November 28-December 12, which is the world’s largest international negotiation that focuses on tackling climate change. The seven-person team is uniquely formed across multiple disciplines at Purdue University, including Anthropology, Political Science, Forestry and Natural Resources, and Biology.  

As a team they are most interested in identifying and examining conditions under which marginalized and underrepresented groups pursue representation and affect governance processes. They use innovative methods, collaborative event ethnography and digital ethnography, to analyze how indigenous and other marginalized groups in global environmental politics access, engage, and pursue their agendas at COP21. Individually, each of us brings our diverse educational training and experiences to the research team, as well as their own research interests within this project. 

Team Member Interests

Dr. Kim Marion-Suiseeya is an assistant professor in Political Science and conducts research on barriers to justice in forest governance across multiple scales. 

Dr. Laura Zanotti is an associate professor in Anthropology and has worked with indigenous groups in Brazil and Alaska and their concerns regarding rights, representation, and justice.

Sarah Huang is an Anthropology graduate student who is interested in global food security and processes of immigration and migration. 

Fernando Tormos is a PhD candidate in Political Science.

Liz Wulbrecht is a Political Science graduate student.

Scott Benzing is finishing his undergraduate studies in Natural Resources Planning and Decision-making.

Suraya Williams is an Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology undergraduate student who is interested in conservation ecology, climate change, and international environmental policy.

Follow our research team!

Please follow the team's blog at the summit!  for daily blog posts by each of the team members throughout the two weeks in Paris. They will cover their experiences at the meetings they attend, talk about their research interests, and share insights into the research process, and events taking place at COP 21. You can also follow the team on Twitter (@COP21Research) for updates throughout the day. 

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