Julie Klinger is the author of Rare Earth Frontiers: From Terrestrial Subsoils to Lunar Landscapes, available via Cornell University Press. Avery Hall contributed to this article.
Dr. Julie Michelle Klinger (PhD Geography) is an Assistant Professor in the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies, Associate Director of the Global Development Policy Center Land Use and Livelihood Initiative, and Faculty Affiliate at the Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer Range Future. Dr. Klinger’s research focuses on the dynamics of global resource frontiers, with a particular focus on social and environmental sustainability. In particular, she examines how diverse forms of violence and strategies for survival shape land use, environmental conservation, and livelihood security. Some of Dr. Klinger’s research experience includes rural development in the Himalayas; Brazil-China relations; the impacts of rare earth mining around the world; and the role of international outer space cooperation in global development. Her research uses qualitative and quantitative methods combined with extensive fieldwork. She often works in local languages with diverse stakeholders to uncover the root causes of environmental degradation and livelihood insecurity. She is committed to finding collaborative solutions to the most pressing sustainability issues of our time.