Environmental Science, Policy & Geography

Environmental Science Policy & Geography
USF St Petersburg Dav 100
St Petersburg, FL 33701
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mbatuRichard Mbatu
Environmental Policy
Assistant Professor, Ph.D., Oklahoma State University, 2006
Email: Dr. Richard Mbatu
Phone: 727 873 4967

My research focus is in two interconnected areas: 1) forest resource management and policy aspects of sustainable development and climate change, and 2) the structure and function of plans, programs, bilateral and multilateral agreements and conventions dealing with forest resource management, agriculture, land use planning, and climate change. I look into human-environment interactions through the lenses of political ecology, political economy of natural resources, environmental politics, and sustainable development.



Selected Publications

Mbatu, R.S. and Otiso, K.M. (2012). Chinese Economic Expansionism in Africa: A Theoretical Analysis of the Environmental Kuznets Curve Hypothesis in the Forest Sector in Cameroon. African Geographical Review, 31(2), 142-162.

Mbatu, R.S. (2009). Forest Policy Analysis Praxis: Modeling the Problem of Forest Loss in Cameroon. Forest Policy and Economics 11(1), 26-33.

Mbatu, R.S. (2009). Forest Exploitation in Cameroon (1884-1994): An Oxymoron of Top-down and Bottom-up Forest Management Policy Approaches. International Journal of Environmental Studies, 66(06), pp. 747 - 763. 2009.

Mbatu, R.S. (2009). Deforestation in the Buea-Limbe and Bertoua Regions in Cameroon (1984-2000): Modernization, World- Systems, and Neo-Malthusian Outlook.GeoJournal, 75(5), 443-458.

Mbatu, R.S. (2007). Environmental Injustice and the Ogoni and Bakola-Bagyeli Pygmy Peoples: Experiences from Nigeria and Cameroon. Fourth World Journal 7(2), 40-53.

Book Chapters

Mbatu, R.S. (2012) Obstacles to a Conceptual Framework for Sustainable Forest Management under REDD in Central Africa: A Two-Country Analysis, In Sustainable Forest Management: Case Studies. Julio J. Diez (Ed), InTech Publisher, ISBN 978-953-51-0511-4.

Book Reviews

Mbatu, R.S. (2010) Trade, Globalization and Sustainability Impact Assessment: A Critical Look at Methods and Outcomes, edited by Paul Ekins and Tancr�de Voituriez, Earthscan Publishers, London and Sterling, VA, 348 pp, 2009, International Journal of Environmental Studies, 67(2), 271-273.

Mbatu, R.S. (2010). If a Tree Falls: Rediscovering the Great American Chestnut, D.J. Buege, Xlibris Corporation, Philadelphia, pp.186, 2008, International Journal of Environmental Studies, 67(1), 93

Mbatu, R.S. (2010). The Balance of Nature: Ecology's Enduring Myth, John Kricher, Princeton University Press, Princeton & Oxford, pp. 237, 2009, International Journal of Environmental Studies, 67(1), 94-95.


  • EVR 2861 - Introduction to Environmental Policy
  • EVR 4873 - Environmental Policy and Sustainability
  • PUP - 4203 - Environmental Politics and Policy
  • EVR - 6937 - Seminar in Environmental Policy
  • EVR - 4930 - International Environmental Policy

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