Julie L. Snorek

Research Associate and Lecturer

As a social ecologist, Julie Snorek has been developing an intricate understanding of social, ecological, and political transitions in the Sahel and Sahara where she has lived and worked for  over twelve years with rural, nomadic and semi-nomadic societies. Throughout her research, Snorek strives to engage in a co-production of knowledge and to support and enhance practices of sustainability. Her interests and expertise include: soil regenerative agro-ecologies, feminist political ecology, environmentally-induced migration, climate change as it relates to conflict and cooperation dynamics, the links between hegemony, militarization, and extractive economies, the governance of common pool regimes, social and environmental justice movements, and just transitions or 'alternatives' to development. Along with her work in the Sahel, Snorek collaborates with ENVS professors and local partners to understand how social institutions like ubuntu support water management in South Africa and Namibia.

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112B Fairchild
HB 6182


  • Ph.D. Autonomous University of Barcelona, 2016
  • M.A. SIT Graduate Institute, 2010
  • B.S. Principia College, 2001

Selected Publications

  • Snorek, J. 2021. Local Institutions, Collective Action, and Divergent Adaptation: Case from Agro- Pastoral Niger, in W. Leal Filho et al. (eds.), African Handbook of Climate Change Adaptation, https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-42091-8_186-1

  • Snorek J.,  T. Kraft, V. Chockalingam, A. Gao and M. Ray. 2020. How Social Connections to Local CBNRM Institutions Shape Interaction: A Mixed Methods Case from Namibia, Journal of Sustainable Development; Vol. 13(6): 26-42.   

  • Snorek J. and D. Abrahams. (2018). The Climate Conflict Nexus. Oxford University Bibliographies.

  • Snorek J., Moser L., and Renaud, F.  (2017).  The production of contested landscapes: enclosing the pastoral commons in Niger.  Journal of Rural Studies.

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