Sophia Kalantzakos

Global Distinguished Professor, Environmental Studies and Public Policy Affiliation: NYU New York
Email: sk1392@nyu.edu
Education: BA Yale University; MA Columbia University, PhD University of the Peloponnese

Research Areas: global environmental governance, resource competition, energy, China’s belt and road initiative, EU institutions, gender and diversity, cross-border mobility.


Sophia Kalantzakos is Global Distinguished Professor in Environmental Studies and Public Policy at New York University and currently an affiliate at NYU Abu Dhabi. Her publications include China and the Geopolitics of Rare Earths (Oxford University Press, 2018), The EU, US, and China Tackling Climate Change: Policies and Alliances for the Anthropocene (Routledge, 2017), Energy and Environmental Transformations in a Globalizing World: An Interdisciplinary Dialogue, co-editor (Nomiki Vivliothiki, 2015), and articles on the MENA region and European migration policies. Currently, she is working on global environmental governance and China’s Belt and Road Initiative in the Horn of Africa.

Kalantzakos takes a strong interdisciplinary approach to transformations in the Anthropocene and their geopolitical repercussions. Calling on her prior experience both as a member of the Hellenic Parliament and as a government minister with substantial international expertise in EU policies and NATO, she focuses on challenges that are reshaping international politics across the globe such as global environmental governance, resource competition, and cross-border mobility.

Her courses reflect a strong focus on the environment, as well as issues of gender and diversity in the realm of public policy. At present, Kalantzakos is heading the Environmental Humanities Research Initiative at NYUAD (eARThumanities) which is committed to fostering environmental dialogue across disciplines.

She was a Fellow at the Rachel Carson Center in Munich in 2015 and returned in the summer of 2018 to complete her current monograph Showdown in Djibouti: How China is transforming the Horn of Africa.  

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