Tracey Osborne is the Founder and Director of the UC-wide Center for Climate Justice. She is also Associate Professor and Presidential Chair in the Management of Complex Systems Department at the University of California, Merced. Tracey is an engaged scholar whose research focuses on the social and political economic dimensions of climate change mitigation in tropical forests, Indigenous climate action, the politics of climate finance, global environmental governance, and climate equity and justice. She has worked on these issues globally with extensive field experience in Mexico and the Amazon.  She received her PhD from the Energy and Resources Group at the University of California, Berkeley.

Sarah DuRoff graduated with a BA in English from UC Davis and is currently serving as the Program Coordinator for the UC Center for Climate Justice. Sarah is passionate about all things organizational, and she has a strong commitment to addressing the social, racial and economic inequities that climate change magnifies.

Research Collaborators

Matthew St. Clair is the first Chief Sustainability Officer for the University of California’s Office of the President, leading sustainability efforts across the 10-campus UC system since 2004. Mr. St.Clair was a founding member of the Board of Directors for the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Strategic Energy Innovations, an environmental nonprofit building leaders to drive sustainability solutions. He is a LEED Fellow and a Certified Energy Manager.

John Foran teaches sociology and environmental studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he networks in the global climate justice movement and the creation of systemic alternatives beyond capitalism.  His work can be found at NXterra, IICAT, and the Eco Vista Climate Justice Press, and his activism takes place with Eco Vista, Transition US, the Ecoversities Alliance, and the Global Tapestry of Alternatives.  He is working on a text – soon to be a minor video production – called the coming cosmic ecosocialist transformation [jk, sort of]

Dan Kammen is the Chair of the Energy and Resources Group and faculty Director of the Center for Environmental Policy in the Goldman School of Public Policy.  His research is focused on energy access, climate and energy justice, and decarbonization of local to global energy systems.  He maintains active collaborations on energy and racial justice in the United States, with Native American nations, and overseas on gender, social, and racial justice in East Africa, in Southeast Asia, and in China.

Dr. Beth Rose Middleton Manning (Afro-Caribbean, Eastern European) is a Professor of Native American Studies at UC Davis. Beth Rose’s research centers on Native environmental policy and Native activism for site protection using conservation tools. Her broader research interests include intergenerational trauma and healing, rural environmental justice, Indigenous analysis of climate change, Afro-indigeneity, and qualitative GIS.

Jade Sasser is an Associate Professor of Gender & Sexuality Studies at UC Riverside. Her research and teaching explore the role of gender in the framing of large scale environmental problems, such as climate change, and their solutions. Her current projects are focused on household technology and energy justice in the global South; the intersections of gender and climate justice in the U.S.; and how race and climate emotions shape reproductive and other behaviors.

Postdoctoral Fellows

Laura Dev is a postdoctoral scholar in public political ecology at UC Merced. Her research centers on themes of more-than-human relations, community-based forestry, and climate justice, primarily working with Indigenous communities in the Amazon. She received her PhD in Society & Environment from UC Berkeley in 2020 and an MS in Ecology from Colorado State University in 2012.

Graduate Students

Marcelo Rocha da Silva is a PhD student in Management of Complex Systems at the University of California, Merced. He also holds a Master of Arts in Latin American Studies and a Graduate Certificate in Tropical Conservation and Development from the University of Florida. His research interests are systems thinking, political ecology, environmental and climate justice, and settler colonial studies applied to jurisdictional (state-centered) approaches for REDD+ in the Amazon region.

Nia Jones finished in 2020 with a B.S. in Industrial Engineering with a minor in Law & Public Policy from Northeastern University. In her research at University of California, Berkeley, she draws on the parallels between the carceral system and climate change to highlight how they interact. In the long run, Nia hopes to build alternative programs for at risk youth across the country that equip them with skills, tools, character and confidence to live fulfilling lives that contribute to climate action. 

Abigail (Abby) Ruskey, is currently pursuing a Ph.D. at the University of California-Merced and is helping establish the Center for Climate Justice. At UC, Abby’s research focuses on networks, policies and movements for climate justice learning and action. She has served for many years in the field as an action scientist working with diverse communities working to apply the many ways of learning, knowing, and doing to activate transformative change in people, institutions and society, including in the curriculum.