Prof. Dr Lauren Eastwood

Senior Researcher and Policy Field Convener

Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research
Schifferstraße 44
47059 Duisburg

Phone: +49 (0)203 379-5261
Fax: +49 (0)203 379-5276


From 2021

Professor, Department of Sociology, SUNY College at Plattsburgh


Chair, Department of Sociology, SUNY College at Plattsburgh


Griffith Climate Change Response Program: Visiting Fellow (Brisbane, Australia)


Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, SUNY College at Plattsburgh


President: Association of Global South Studies (AGSS)


Japan Foundation/Social Science Research Council (SSRC) Abe Fellow


Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, SUNY College at Plattsburgh


Assistant Professor-in-Residence, Department of Sociology, University of Connecticut, Storrs

Since 2004

United Nations Representative: Association of Global South Studies (AGSS)


Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology, Syracuse University

Research Interests

  • Institutional Ethnography
  • Environmental Sociology
  • Green Transitions/Degrowth
  • Political Ecology

Current Projects

  • 'Global Environmental Governance in Practice: Ethnographic approaches to investigate the global,' ongoing research project
  • 'The Increasing Criminalization of Anti-fossil Fuel Activism: Dynamics and implications,' with Dr Elizabeth Onasch, SUNY College at Plattsburgh
  • 'The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: Strategic use of UNDRIP language in policy and law,' with James Richmond
  • 'Integrating International Environmental Governance: Getting beyond the silos,' with Dr James Pittock, the Australian National University


Eastwood, Lauren E. (2020). 'Using Institutional Ethnography to Investigate Intergovernmental Environmental Policy Making' in Handbook of Institutional Ethnography, Luken, Paul and Suzanne Vaughn, eds., Palgrave Macmillan.

Eastwood, Lauren E. (2018). Negotiating the Environment: Civil Society, Globalisation and the UN, UK: Routledge Press.

Cadman, Timothy, Lauren Eastwood, Tek Narayan Maraseni, Tapan Sarker, and James Pittock (2015). The Political Economy of Sustainable Development: Policy and Market Mechanisms, Gloucestershire, England: Edward Elgar Publishing, Ltd.

Eastwood, Lauren E. (2014). 'Negotiating UN Policy: Activating Texts in Setting-specific Policy Deliberations' in Smith, Dorothy E. and Susan M. Turner (eds.)m Incorporating Texts into Institutional Ethnographies, University of Toronto Press.

Eastwood, Lauren E. (2013). Civil Society, Oxford Bibliographies, New York: Oxford University Press.

Eastwood, Lauren E. (2013). 'Gender and Climate Change: Conceptual Currency in the Climate Negotiations Regime' in Cadman, Timothy (ed.), Climate Governance: Institutions, Issues and Interests in Global Policy Regimes, UK: Palgrave.

Eastwood, Lauren E. (2011). 'Resisting Dispossession: Indigenous Peoples, the World Bank and the Contested Terrain of Policy', New Global Studies Vol. 5(1), 1–33.

Eastwood, Lauren E. (2011). 'Climate Change Negotiations and Civil Society Participation: Shifting and Contested Terrain', Theory in Action—Journal of the Transformative Studies Institute, 4: 1, January.

Eastwood, Lauren E. (2009). 'The Committee on Women, Population and Environment,' entry in The Encyclopedia of Gender and Society, Jodi O’brien (ed.), Sage Publications, Inc.

Eastwood, Lauren E. (2006). 'Making the Institution Ethnographically Accessible: UN document production and the transformation of experience', in Smith, Dorothy E., Institutional Ethnography as Practice, Alta Mira Press.

Eastwood, Lauren E. (2006). 'Contesting the Economic Order: Resisting the Media Construction of Reality', in Steven Best and Anthony J. Nocella (eds.), Igniting a Revolution: Voices in Defense of the Earth, Edinburgh: AK Press.

Eastwood, Lauren E. (2005). The Social Organization of Policy: An Institutional Ethnography of UN Forest Deliberations, New York: Routledge Press.