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Sophia Kalantzakos

Prof. Dr. Sophia Kalantzakos

Carson Fellow

Sophia Kalantzakos is Global Distinguished Professor in Environmental Studies and Public Policy at New York University (NYU). She studies climate change in the context of international affairs. Her project at the Center focuses on the threats of international resource competition, the challenges of a new energy mix, and the potential of an EU-China partnership. She entered academia after a decade as a policymaker, an elected member of Parliament, and a deputy minister in the Greek government. Since moving to NYU she has made regular appearances on Bloomberg, CNN, and Fox as a political commentator on Greece, Europe, China, environmental issues, and rare earths. During her political career, she was an active contributor of op-ed pieces in the Greek press and in the wider European press.

RCC Rearch Project: EU-China: New Partnerships for the Anthropocene

Lunchtime Colloquium Video - From Brussels to Beijing: A Budding Relationship to Shape the Anthropocene?


Selected Publications:

  • "The Geopolitics of Rare Earths." PhD diss., University of the Peloponnese, 2013.
  • China in Command: The Case of Rare Earths. (submitted to Oxford University Press)
  • Energy & Environmental Developments in a Changing World: Political, Economic, and Legal Realignments. Forthcoming in 2015 in Greek and English. (co-edited with N. Farantouris and Nomiki Vivliothiki)
  • "Greece and the GCC: Looking for an Oasis of Support." In Greek Foreign Policy. Lexington Books, forthcoming. (co-authored with Asteris Huliaras)