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Dr. Michael K. Dorsey is assistant professor in Dartmouth College’s Environmental Studies Program and the Director of the College’s Climate Justice Research Project. Dorsey is presently a visiting scholar at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies’ Climate Change Initiative and he serves a co-founding board member of Islands First—a capacity building organization for small island developing states facing disproportionate threats from unfolding climate chaos. Recently Dorsey was a co-contributor to the re-released, new edition volume, of Climate Change, Carbon Trading and Civil Society: Negative Returns On South African Investments (Rozenberg Press, The Netherlands & University of KwaZulu-Natal Press, South Africa, 2008).
For more than a decade Dr. Dorsey has provided strategic guidance and advice to governments, foundations, firms and a multitude of others on the interplay of multilateral environment policy, finance and economic development matters. In 1992, he was a member of the U.S. State Department Delegation to the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development, “The Earth Summit.” From 1994-96 he was a task force member of President William Jefferson Clinton’s Council on Sustainable Development. A member of the Sierra Club (www.sierraclub.org) since the mid-1980s, Michael served six years (from 1997-2003) as a Director on the Club’s national board; and is currently a sitting Director. In 1997, in Glasgow, Scotland, Dorsey was bestowed Rotary International’s highest honor, The Paul Harris Medal for Distinguished Service to Humanity. Fluent in Spanish, from 1999 to 2001, Dorsey lived in Ecuador and was a program director based jointly with the Instituto de Estudios Ecologistas del Tercer Mundo and Acción Ecológica. While at Acción Ecológica Dorsey co-led an initiative to monitor the commercialization of biodiversity in Ecuador as well as the other four countries in the Andean Pact. At present he serves as an advisor to the Ecuadorian Institute for Intellectual Property (IEPI)—an Ecuadorian government agency. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and Environment (B.S. & Ph.D.), Yale University’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies (M.F.S.) and The Johns Hopkins University (M.A.). Before joining Dartmouth’s faculty, he held the college’s Thurgood Marshall Fellowship in Environmental Studies and Geography. Over the years Dr. Dorsey has also held visiting positions at various institutions around the world, including the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen (The Royal University of Groningen, The Netherlands) in 2001; in the Department of Regional Planning at the Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan (Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden) in 2002; and in the Graduate School of Public and Development Management, at the University of Witwatersrand (South Africa) in 2002. Since 2008 Dr. Dorsey has been an Affiliated Researcher on the Sustainability and Climate Research Team at Erasmus University’s Research Institute of Management inside the Rotterdam School of Management (RSM-ERIM).
From April 2007 until November 2008 Dr. Dorsey served as a member of Senator Barack Obama’s energy and environment Presidential campaign team. In January 2009 the Ford Foundation, recognized Dr. Dorsey’s ongoing contribution to examining the interplay of climate change policy, finance and social justice concerns with an inaugural grant for the Climate Justice Research Project, supporting research on how emerging carbon markets shape justice-based climate policies.