Speaker explains policy’s effect on global resources

Hannah Yang
March 12, 2013

Porter Hall provided a stage for a public lecture on the dynamics of global resources and their impact on an international level Monday night.

Funded by the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs, Stacy VanDeveer, associate professor of political science from the University of New Hampshire, spoke about the increasing consumption of basic resources including food, minerals, energy, land and water. He also said that because of this, resource politics has become a driving force for conflict.

About 30 Ohio University students served as an audience while VanDeveer discussed the growing tensions of market disruptions.

With the focus on the five basic resources that make up international trade, there is a study that keys in on the inter-relationships of each and how if one resource changes, it then sets off a chain reaction, VanDeveer said.

"We need to understand there is a policy side," VanDeveer said.

Geoff Dabelko, director and professor of environmental studies at OU, said that the lecture was to help students expand their perspectives on growing resource politics.

"This university focused a lot on resource issues," Dabelko said. "Because of Stacy's lecture, we have a fuller understanding of not just focusing on the things that happen in our backyard but how this is even related to something on an international level."

VanDeever said that he thought the lecture went smoothly and that the students seemed to respond well to the overall presentation.

"I'm pretty pleased with the turnout," he said. "It's not too bad for a Monday after a spring break."

Alex Slaymaker, a junior studying environmental planning and policy, said she enjoyed the lecture because of her growing interest in her major.

"I definitely found it interesting that policy can play a role in environmental problems," Slaymaker said. "I definitely want to become more focused on this."



*Story ran in The Post, student-run newspaper in Athens, OH