Environmental Values (1991-2002)

This project consisted of two parts: a track two dialogue between Japanese and American negotiators and their academic advisers, involved with meetings leading up to the 1992 Earth Summit; and an international study examining values and their role in environmental policy-making in China, India, Japan and the United States. Learn More »

The Environmental Values Project consisted of two parts:

The Politics and Ethics of Global Environmental Leadership (1991-1993)

  • This was a track two dialogue between Japanese and American negotiators and their academic advisers, involved with the preparatory meetings leading up to the Earth Summit in Rio De Janiero in 1992. 

  • It produced two reports:

    Whose Environmental Standards?  Deciding the Standards of Our Common Future (1992) and The Politics and Ethics of Global Environmental Leadership (1993). You can download copies of these reports using the links in the right sidebar.

  • The project received major funding from the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership.

Understanding Values:  Values and Environmental Policy in China, India, Japan, and the United States (1996-2002)

  • An international study examining values and their role in environmental policy-making in China, India, Japan and the United States.

  • The research entailed in-depth interviews with a wide range of stakeholders of  carefully selected cases carried out by  in-country research teams. 

  • The research teams were assembled and managed by  The Center for the Study of Contemporary China (Beijing, China), The Lake Biwa Research Institute (Ohtsu, Japan) and Kyoto Seika University (Kyoto, Japan), the Center for the Study of Developing Societies (Delhi, India), and the Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology, University of Arizona (Tuscon, Arizona, USA)

  • The study received major funding from the US-Japan Foundation, the National Science Foundation, and the Henry Luce Foundation.

  • Findings from this project can be found in the edited volume, Forging Environmentalism, Justice, Livelihood, and Contested Environments published by ME Sharpe in May 2006.
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Joanne Bauer
(Former Director of Studies, Carnegie Council)

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