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

  • Tabitha M. Benney (date unknown). Making Environmental Markets Work: The Varieties of Capitalism in Emerging Economies (2014) New York, NY: Routledge Press.. Accepted, .
  • Michele Betsill (date unknown). Agency in Earth System Governance. Cambridge University Press. Accepted, .
  • Benjamin J. Cohen (date unknown). “Currency Competition Today,” (2015) with Benjamin J. Cohen in Currency Power: Understanding Monetary Rivalry, Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press. Accepted, .
  • Tabitha Benney (date unknown). “Climate Change, Sustainable Development, and Vulnerability" in Routledge Handbook on Ethics in International Relations.. (pp. Chapter 27). Routledge Press. Accepted, .
  • B. Tonra (date unknown). "What Does the International Currency System Really Look Like?" with Benjamin J. Cohen in Foreign Policy of the European Union, Sage Library of International Relations, Sage Publications.. Accepted, .
  • Andrea Gerlak (date unknown). “Conclusions on ESG-Agency Research”. (pp. 183-197). Cambridge University Press. Accepted, .
  • Tabitha M Benney (date unknown). “Theories and Methods of Agency Research in Earth System Governance”. (pp. 38-51). Cambridge University Press. Accepted, .
  • Michelle Scobie (date unknown). “Conceptualizing Agency and Agents in Earth System Governance”. (pp. 25-37). Cambridge University Press. Accepted, .
  • Michele Betsill (date unknown). Introduction: Agency in Earth System Governance. (pp. 3-24). Cambridge University Press. Accepted, .
  • Tabitha M. Benney (date unknown). “Understanding Perceptions of Health Risk and Behavioral Responses to Air Pollution in the State of Utah (USA),” 1373. Open access:. Atmosphere (MDPI). Vol. 12, 1373. Accepted, .
  • Benjamin J. Cohen (date unknown). “What Does the International Currency System Really Look Like?” (2013) with Benjamin J. Cohen. Review of International Political Economy. Accepted, .
  • Tabitha M. Benney (date unknown). “Can Capitalism Save the Environment?” (Nov/Dec 2014) The World Financial Review, London, UK (www.worldfinancialreview.com). Accepted, .
  • Nathan E. Hultman (date unknown). “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. Accepted, .
  • Jan Froestad (date unknown). China: A Green Energy Fulcrum?. Environmental and Planning Law (Thomson Reuters). Vol. 36, 605-618. Accepted, .
  • Tabitha Benney (date unknown). “Renewable Energy and the Varieties of Capitalism in Emerging Economies”. Journal of Economic Policy Reform. Accepted, .
  • Daniel Mendoza (date unknown). The Impact of Media and Environmental Variables on Transit Ridership. Vehicles. Vol. 2, 507-522. Accepted, .
  • Daniel L. Mendoza (date unknown). The Role of Structural Inequality on COVID-19 Incidence Rates at the Neighborhood Scale in Urban Areas. COVID. Vol. 1, 186-202. Accepted, .
  • Simone Pulver (date unknown). “Private-sector Response to Climate Change in the Global South” (2013) with Simone Pulver, Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change, John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Accepted, .
  • Daniel Mendoza (date unknown). Long-term Analysis of the Relationships between Indoor and Outdoor Fine Particulate Pollution: A Case Study Using Research Grade Sensors. Science of the Total Environment. Vol. 776, 145778. Accepted, .
  • Daniel Mendoza (date unknown). Intra-city variability of fine particulate matter during COVID-19 lockdown: A case study from Park City, Utah. Environmental Research. Vol. 201, 111471. Accepted, .
  • Tabitha Benney (date unknown). Benney, Tabitha (2016) "The Challenge of Putting a Price on Carbon Emissions in the United States" Carbon Equity Forum, Rockafeller Foundation/Scholars Strategy Network. Accepted, .
  • Mendoza DL (date unknown). Long-term analysis of the relationships between indoor and outdoor fine particulate pollution: A case study using research grade sensors. The Science of the total environment. Vol. 776, 145778. Accepted, .
  • Daniel L Mendoza (date unknown). Understanding the Relationship between Social Distancing Policies, Traffic Volume, Air Quality, and the Prevalence of COVID-19 Outcomes in Urban Neighborhoods. ArXiv. Accepted, .
  • Prasoon Singh (date unknown). Policy Brief: Coastal Challenges: Mainstream Climate Action in the G20 Development Agenda. Task Force 2: Climate Change and Environment, G-20 Commission, Saudi Arabia. Accepted, .
  • Tabitha M. Benney (date unknown). Utah Air Quality Risk and Behavioral Action Survey Dataset. Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research. Accepted, .
  • Michele Betsill (date unknown). Agency in Earth System Governance Dataset. Earth System Governance Network. Accepted, .
  • Tabitha M. Benney (date unknown). “Review of John Mikler’s, The Political Power of Global Corporations". (pp. 518-519). Public Administration Review, Polity Press. Accepted, .
  • Tabitha Benney (date unknown). “Review of Eric J. Morser, 'Hinterland Dreams: The Political Economy of a Midwestern City'” (2012), Urban History 39:1, 192-193. Accepted, .
  • Tabitha Benney (date unknown). “Review of Craig M. Kauffman’s Grassroots Global Governance: Local Watershed Managements Experiments and the Evolution of Sustainable Development”. (pp. 159-159). Vol. 18. Global Environmental Politics. Accepted, .

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

  • Romania
  • Rural Development
  • Aerial Reconnaissance

Presentations

  • “Putting a Price on Emissions in the US,” Carbon Equity Forum ~ Scholars Strategy Network, Harvard University. , Presented, 2015.
  • “Rethinking Energy Geopolitics,” (by invitation) Working Group Member, International Studies Association Conference, New Orleans, LA. , Presented, 2015.
  • Speaker, “Intra-city variability of fine particulate matter during COVID-19 lockdown: A case study from Park City, Utah,” Department of Geography, University of Utah. , Presented, 2021.
  • “COVID-19: Global Challenges to Global Transformation,” Joint Meeting of the Institute of Engineering & Management (IEM) and the University of Engineering & Management (UEM), Kolkata, India. , Presented, 2021.
  • Speaker, “Interdisciplinary Research in International Relations,” Interdisciplinary Social Sciences Methodology, Georgetown University. , Presented, 2021.
  • Speaker, “Why Did India Fare So Well During the Pandemic?” Go Learn and Continuing Education, At Home Speaker Series (March 2021). , Presented, 2021.
  • “Impacts of Structural Inequality and Pandemic Policies on COVID-19 Outcomes at the Neighborhood Level in Salt Lake County” University of Utah, Nexus Center. , Presented, 2021.
  • “Social and Behavioral Perspectives on Negative Emission Technologies,” Carbon Storage in the Built Environment, University of Utah (December 2019). , Presented, 2020.
  • “COVID-19: Global Challenges to Global Transformation,” Joint Meeting of the Institute of Engineering & Management (IEM) and the University of Engineering & Management (UEM), Kolkata, India. , Presented, 2020.
  • “Interdisciplinarity Research in International Relations,” Interdisciplinary Social Sciences Methodology, Georgetown University. , Presented, 2020.
  • “Environmental Change in Social and Behavioral Sciences,” The Air We Breathe: A Multidisciplinary Perspective on Air Quality, University of Utah. , Presented, 2020.
  • “Impacts of Structural Inequality and Pandemic Policies on COVID-19 Outcomes at the Neighborhood Level in Salt Lake County” University of Utah, Nexus Center. , Presented, 2020.
  • “Environmental Change in Social and Behavioral Sciences,” The Air We Breathe: A Multidisciplinary Perspective on Air Quality, University of Utah. , Presented, 2019.
  • “The ESG-Agency Harvesting Initiative,” Agency Harvesting Workshop, Earth System Governance Annual Conference, Utrecht, Netherlands, (Nov 2018). , Presented, 2018.
  • “QCA, Mixed Methods, and Comparative Applications,” University of Bergen, Bergen, Norway. , Presented, 2018.
  • “Mentoring Women in International Political Economy (IPE)”. , Accepted, 2018.
  • “Innovations in Comparative Capitalism" Working Group Co-Convener, International Studies Association Conference, San Francisco, CA. , Accepted, 2018.
  • “Renewable Energy in Emerging and Developing Economies” Innovations in Comparative Capitalism, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT. , Accepted, 2017.
  • “Preparing for Publication,” Marriott Library, University of Utah. , Presented, 2014.
  • “Presentations and Job Talks” Professional Skills Development, Department of Political Science, University of Utah. , Presented, 2014.
  • “Understanding the International Currency System,” Political Research Colloquium, Department of Political Science, University of Utah. , Presented, 2013.
  • “Structural Inequality and Neighborhood Level Disparities in Pandemic Policies,” Inequality, Health Disparities, and Environmental Justice Panel, American Political Science Association, Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA (September 2021). , Presented, 2021.
  • “Low Carbon Energy Transitions in the Westphalian System,” International Studies Association, Las Vegas NV (April 2021). , Presented, 2021.
  • “Intra-city variability of fine particulate matter during COVID-19 lockdown: A case study from Park City, Utah.” Air Quality: Science for Solutions Conference (March 2021). , Presented, 2021.
  • “Social and Behavioral Perspectives on Negative Emission Technologies,” Carbon Storage in the Built Environment, University of Utah. , Presented, 2019.
  • “Theories and Methods of ESG-Agency Research,” Agency Harvesting Workshop, Earth System Governance Annual Conference, Utrecht, Netherlands, (Nov 2018). , Presented, 2018.
  • “Theories and Methods of ESG-Agency Research,” Agency Harvesting Workshop, Earth System Governance Annual Conference, Utrecht, Netherlands, (Nov 2018). , Presented, 2018.
  • The Wasatch Experience (by invitation),” University of Utah, an interdisciplinary conference on teaching sustainability. Other, Other, 2014.
  • “Global Political Economy of Energy (Working Group by invitation only),” International Studies Association Conference, Toronto, Canada. Panel, Presented, 2014.
  • “A Line in the Sand: Syria and US Foreign Policy,” Political Science Student Association, University of Utah. Panel, Presented, 2013.
  • “Prioritizing Equity in Climate Resilience Planning,” Hinckley Institute of Politics, University of Utah (2021). Panel, Presented, 2021.
  • Panelist, “Prioritizing Equity in Climate Resilience Planning,” Hinckley Institute of Politics, University of Utah. Panel, Presented, 2021.
  • “Thinking Toward the Future: U.S. Carbon Pricing Strategies,” International Studies Association, Baltimore, MD (February 2017). , Presented, 2017.
  • "Taming Capitalism: The International Political Economy of Renewable Energy in Emerging and Developing Economies,” Earth System Governance Conference ~ Canberra, Australia. , Presented, 2015.
  • “Capitalism and Energy Markets in the Emerging Economies,” American Political Science Association Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA. , Presented, 2015.
  • “Capitalism and Clean Energy in the Emerging Economies,” International Studies Association, New Orleans, LA. , Presented, 2015.
  • “Putting Capitalism to Work for the Environment,” International Studies Association – West Conference, Pasadena, CA (September 2014). , Presented, 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. , Presented, 2014.
  • “What Does the International Currency System Really Look Like?” American Political Science Association Annual Conference, Chicago, IL. , Presented, 2013.
  • • “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. , Presented, 2019.

Grants, Contracts & Research Gifts

  • “The Compounding Impacts of Climate Change, Air Quality, and Environmental Injustice on Health Outcomes in SLCo Schools”. PI: - 2023. Total project budget to date:
  • Intermountain West Rural Climate and Air Quality Sensor Network Pilot. PI: - 2023. Total project budget to date:
  • Intra-city variability of fine particulate matter following COVID-19: A Case Study of Park City, UT (USA). PI: - 2022. Total project budget to date:
  • What We Know (and Need to Know) to Avoid Climate Change Maladaptation. PI: - 2020. Total project budget to date:
  • “Innovations in Comparative Capitalism”. PI: - 2018. Total project budget to date:
  • Interdisciplinary Research Pilot Program (IRPP) Grant. PI: - 2015. Total project budget to date:
  • “Activating Graduate Student Performance through Mentoring”. PI: - 2015. Total project budget to date:

Languages

  • Spanish, Functional.
  • Italian, Basic.
  • Norwegian, Basic.

Geographical Regions of Interest

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