Tabitha M. Benney portrait
  • Assistant Professor, Political Science Department
  • Affiliated Faculty, University of Utah, Center for Global Change and Sustainability
  • Affiliated Faculty, Environmental and Sustainability Studies, University of Utah
  • Affiliated Researcher, The Griffith Criminology Institute and Global Risk Governance Program, University of Cape Town
  • Research Fellow, Earth System Governance (ESG) Network

Publications

  • Froestad, Jan and Benney, Tabitha M. (2019) “China: A Green Energy Fulcrum?” in Environmental and Planning Law (Thomson Reuters) 36: 605-618. Published, 09/30/2019.
  • Tabitha Benney (2019). “Renewable Energy and the Varieties of Capitalism in Emerging Economies” . Journal of Economic Policy Reform. Published, 08/14/2019.
    https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/17487...
  • Stacy D. VanDeveer (2018). • “Review of Craig M. Kauffman’s Grassroots Global Governance: Local Watershed Managements Experiments and the Evolution of Sustainable Development”. Global Environmental Politics. Published, 10/17/2018.
  • Tabitha Benney (2018). “Climate Change, Sustainable Development, and Vulnerability" in Routledge Handbook on Ethics in International Relations.. (pp. Chapter 27). Routledge Press. Published, 06/28/2018.
    https://www.routledge.com/Routledge-Handbook-of-Et...
  • Tabitha Benney & Stacy D. VanDeveer (2018). “Review of Craig M. Kauffman’s Grassroots Global Governance: Local Watershed Managements Experiments and the Evolution of Sustainable Development”. Global Environmental Politics. Published, 05/01/2018.
  • Benney, Tabitha (2016) "The Challenge of Putting a Price on Carbon Emissions in the United States" Carbon Equity Forum, Rockafeller Foundation/Scholars Strategy Network. Published, 04/19/2016.
    http://www.scholarsstrategynetwork.org/page/challe...
  • “Currency Competition Today,” (2015) with Benjamin J. Cohen in Currency Power: Understanding Monetary Rivalry, Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press. Published, 09/2015.
    http://press.princeton.edu/titles/10577.html
  • Making Environmental Markets Work: The Varieties of Capitalism in Emerging Economies (2014) New York, NY: Routledge Press. Published, 12/18/2014.
    https://books.google.com/books?id=7kacBQAAQBAJ&pg=...
  • “Can Capitalism Save the Environment?” (Nov/Dec 2014) The World Financial Review, London, UK (www.worldfinancialreview.com). Published, 11/18/2014.
    http://www.worldfinancialreview.com/?p=3122
  • “What Does the International Currency System Really Look Like?” (2013) with Benjamin J. Cohen. Review of International Political Economy.. Published, 12/2013.
    http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/096922...
  • “Private-sector Response to Climate Change in the Global South” (2013) with Simone Pulver, Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change, John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Published, 07/23/2013.
    http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/wcc.240...
  • “Carbon Markets and Low-carbon Investment in Emerging Economies” (2011) with Nathan E. Hultman, Simone Pulver, Sergio Pacca, Samir Saran, Lydia Powell, and Viviane Romeiro, Energy Policy 39:10, p. 6698-6700. Published, 10/01/2011.
    http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S...
  • “Review of Eric J. Morser, 'Hinterland Dreams: The Political Economy of a Midwestern City'” (2012), Urban History 39:1, 192-193. Published, 07/01/2011.
    http://jah.oxfordjournals.org/content/98/4/1169.ex...

Research Statement

Within the field of International Relations, my scholarly research is situated in the subfield of International Political Economy (IPE), with a focus on International Finance, Energy and Environmental Politics, and Research Methods.  My research agenda has been supported by overseas fieldwork, participation in local and international workshops, and a strong policy orientation, which I developed while working as a Junior Program Officer in the Policy and Global Affairs Division of the National Academy of Science (NAS) prior to undertaking my PhD.  Although all my work is theoretically informed, my research agenda also places a heavy emphasis on innovative methods and comparative policy analysis.  By incorporating a comparative, multi-method perspective into my research, I hope to move beyond conventional policy approaches to better address the many challenges that we face in a globalized world.

Research Keywords

  • International Political Economy
  • Global Climate Change
  • Environmental Policy
  • International Relations or Diplomacy
  • Capitalism
  • Economics Studies - Developing Countries
  • Sustainability
  • International or Global Development
  • Energy Planning or Policy
  • Currency Markets

Presentations

  • “Thinking Toward the Future: U.S. Carbon Pricing Strategies,” International Studies Association, Baltimore, MD (February 2017). Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 02/23/2017.
  • "Taming Capitalism: The International Political Economy of Renewable Energy in Emerging and Developing Economies,” Earth System Governance Conference ~ Canberra, Australia. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 12/16/2015.
  • “Putting a Price on Emissions in the US,” Carbon Equity Forum ~ Scholars Strategy Network, Harvard University. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 10/30/2015.
  • “Capitalism and Energy Markets in the Emerging Economies,” American Political Science Association Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 09/09/2015.
  • “Capitalism and Clean Energy in the Emerging Economies,” International Studies Association, New Orleans, LA. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 02/25/2015.
  • “Rethinking Energy Geopolitics,” (by invitation) Working Group Member, International Studies Association Conference, New Orleans, LA. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 02/2015.
  • “Putting Capitalism to Work for the Environment,” International Studies Association – West Conference, Pasadena, CA (September 2014). Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 09/10/2014.
  • The Wasatch Experience (by invitation),” University of Utah, an interdisciplinary conference on teaching sustainability. Other, Other, 08/20/2014.
  • “Preparing for Publication,” Marriott Library, University of Utah. Presentation, Presented, 04/2014.
  • “Competing Theories of Market Drivers: A Variety of Capitalism (VoC) Approach to Environmental Markets in Emerging Market Economies,” International Studies Association Conference, Toronto, Canada. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 03/2014.
  • “Presentations and Job Talks” Professional Skills Development, Department of Political Science, University of Utah . Presentation, Presented, 03/2014.
  • “Global Political Economy of Energy (Working Group by invitation only),” International Studies Association Conference, Toronto, Canada. Panel, Presented, 03/2014.
  • “Understanding the International Currency System,” Political Research Colloquium, Department of Political Science, University of Utah. Presentation, Presented, 11/01/2013.
  • “A Line in the Sand: Syria and US Foreign Policy,” Political Science Student Association, University of Utah. Panel, Presented, 10/08/2013.
  • “What Does the International Currency System Really Look Like?” American Political Science Association Annual Conference, Chicago, IL. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 08/30/2013.
  • “Environmental Change in Social and Behavioral Sciences,” The Air We Breathe: A Multidisciplinary Perspective on Air Quality, University of Utah . Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 03/12/2020.
  • “Social and Behavioral Perspectives on Negative Emission Technologies,” Carbon Storage in the Built Environment, University of Utah . Presentation, Presented, 12/04/2019.
  • • “China: A Global Renewable Energy Fulcrum?” Energy Transitions: Governing Unconventional Gas, Renewables and the Energy-Environment Nexus, the PLuS Alliance Workshop, UNSW Law, Sydney, Australia. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 02/13/2019.
  • “The ESG-Agency Harvesting Initiative,” Agency Harvesting Workshop, Earth System Governance Annual Conference, Utrecht, Netherlands, (Nov 2018). Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 11/08/2018.
  • “Theories and Methods of ESG-Agency Research,” Agency Harvesting Workshop, Earth System Governance Annual Conference, Utrecht, Netherlands, (Nov 2018). Conference Paper, Presented, 11/06/2018.
  • “QCA, Mixed Methods, and Comparative Applications,” University of Bergen, Bergen, Norway. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 06/06/2018.
  • “Mentoring Women in International Political Economy (IPE)” . Invited Talk/Keynote, Accepted, 04/05/2018.
  • “Innovations in Comparative Capitalism" Working Group Co-Convener, International Studies Association Conference, San Francisco, CA . Invited Talk/Keynote, Accepted, 04/03/2018.
  • “Renewable Energy in Emerging and Developing Economies” Innovations in Comparative Capitalism, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT . Invited Talk/Keynote, Accepted, 09/28/2017.

Grants, Contracts & Research Gifts

  • “Innovations in Comparative Capitalism”. PI: Tabitha Benney. Co-PI(s): John Miklar. Department of Political Science, University of Utah, 09/01/2016 - 03/01/2018. Total project budget to date: $18,000.00
  • Interdisciplinary Research Pilot Program (IRPP) Grant. PI: Tabitha Benney. Co-PI(s): James Curry. 07/2015 - present. Total project budget to date: $3,000.00
  • “Activating Graduate Student Performance through Mentoring”. PI: Tabitha Benney. University of Utah, 07/01/2014 - 06/30/2015. Total project budget to date: $3,500.00

Research/Scholarship Projects

Languages

  • Italian, basic.
  • Norwegian, basic.
  • Spanish, functional.

Geographical Regions of Interest

  • Australia
  • Bhutan
  • Brazil
  • China
  • Ecuador
  • India
    Extensive field work conducting research and survey interviews (2011) .
  • Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Nepal
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Peru
    Field experience conducting survey interviews and archival research (2007).
  • South Africa
  • Southern Asia