Ben Orlove


Current Position


School of International and Public Affairs, 420 West 118th St., Columbia University, New York, NY 10027, USA


Ben Orlove is a professor in the School of International and Public Affairs and the Earth Institute at Columbia University, where he directs the MA Program in Climate and Society and the Center for Research on Environmental Decisions. He edits the website GlacierHub, which promotes dialogue about the science, policy and culture of glacier retreat, a climate change impact to which indigenous peoples in mountain regions around the world are responding. His research focuses on the role of culture, indigenous knowledge and politics in shaping perceptions of and responses to climate change. His field work has centered on Quechua and Aymara peoples of the Andes, though he has also worked in other regions of the world, including northern Australia, Bhutan and Kyrgyzstan.


Recent Publications

2015 Christine Jurt, Julie Brugger, Kate Dunbar, Kerry Milch, Ben Orlove. Cultural Values of Glaciers. In Christian Huggel, Mark Carey, John Clague, and Andreas Kääb (eds.) The High Mountain Cryosphere: Environmental Changes and Human Risks. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. pp. 90-106

2015 Aaron M. Petty, Vanessa deKoninck, and Ben Orlove. Cleaning, Protecting, or Abating? Making Indigenous Fire Management “Work” in Northern Australia. Journal of Ethnobiology. 35(1):140-162.

2014 Ben Orlove, Heather Lazrus, Grete K. Hovelsrud, and Alessandra Giannini. Recognitions and Responsibilities: On the Origins of the Uneven Attention to Climate Change around the World. Current Anthropology. 55(3):1-27.

2010 Ben Orlove, Carla Roncoli, Merit Kabugo and Abushen Majugu. Indigenous climate knowledge in southern Uganda: the multiple components of a dynamic regional system. Climatic Change 100(2):243-265.

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