Selin’s “Mercury Stories” Awarded Runner Up for ESS Sprout Award

Henrik Selin, Associate Professor of International Relations and Associate Dean for Studies at the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University, and Noelle Eckley Selin‘s latest book Mercury Stories: Understanding Sustainability through a Volatile Element is runner up for the 2022 Harold and Margaret Sprout Prize for the Best Book in International Environmental Politics.

The Sprout Award is given annually to the best book in the field of international environmental studies – one that makes a contribution to theory and interdisciplinarity shows rigor and coherence in research and writing, and offers accessibility and practical relevance. Nominated books should address some aspect of one or more environmental, pollution or resource issues from a broadly international or transnational perspective, including works in global, interstate, transboundary, North-South, foreign policy, comparative or area studies.

The 2022 Sprout Award winner, announced at the International Studies Association’s (ISA) 2022 Annual Convention, is Fueling Resistance: The Contentious Political Economy of Biofuels and Fracking by Kate Neville, Associate Professor of Global Environmental Politics at the University of Toronto.

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Henrik Selin has been at Boston University since 2004. His research and teaching focuses on global and regional politics and policymaking on the environment and sustainable development. He is the author of EU and Environmental Governance and Global Governance of Hazardous Chemicals: Challenges of Multilevel Management. He is also the author and co-author of more than four dozen peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters. He also serves as Associate Editor for the journal Global Environmental Politics. Learn more about Professor Selin on his faculty profile.