The 3rd Annual Conference on Environmental Conflict and Cooperation (CECC)


We invite you, Environmental scholars, professionals, and activists, to participate in the 3rd Annual International Conference on Environmental Conflict and Cooperation (CECC), June 1-2 ,2023, at UC Berkeley. 
Hosted by: The Helen Diller Institute (HDI), UC Berkeley Law School


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To reduce our carbon footprint, the conference will be divided into two days: 

Day 1 (Thursday, June 1st, 9 am-5 pm PT) will be an online international symposium and will include a keynote lecture by renowned environmental management expert Prof. Mark Lubell, UC Davis, followed by six one-hour themed lecture sessions, including environmental cooperation initiatives, Human-Nature connections, marine planning and governance, land-based planning and governance, private sector initiatives, and collaborative initiatives.

Day 2 (Friday, June 2nd) will be an in-person conference and workshop day that will take place at the University of California, Berkeley Law School, between 9 am and 4:30 pm PT (Goldberg Room), with keynote speaker Dr. Michal ("Moose") O'Donnell, Coastal and Marine Sciences Institute (CMSI) and sessions on knowledge, methods, marine initiatives, and water management. See below for additional conference details, the preliminary schedule, and the schedule, lectures, and pictures of last year's (wonderful) conference.

The in-person day, including the venue, coffee breaks and lunch, will be sponsored by the Helen Diller Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies (HDI), at the UC Berkeley School of Law. 

Host Universities:

Online (June 1st): Department of Sociology, University of California, Davis


In-Person (June 2nd): Helen Diller Institute, Berkeley Law School, University of California, Berkeley 

Organizers: Yael Teff-Seker (UC Davis), Jennifer Holzer (Brock University), Naama Sadan (Hebrew University)                             
Co-Sponsors: Helen Diller Institute (HDI) UC Berkeley, the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies (AIES), Brock University, The Hebrew University Center for SustainabilityCoastal and Marine Institute (CMSI), Sea-Unicorn EU COST Action (COST Action CA19107).



To download the call for abstracts (deadline Feb 24, 2023) as a pdf: CECC CALL FOR ABSTRACTS 2023 Feb 3.pdf


Conference Schedule - June 1-2, 2023


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The conference agenda for both days is available here:

CECC Conference June 1-2 051423 Final Agenda_2023_1.pdf


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Online, Thursday, June 1st, 9:00-17:00 (Pacific Time):

This virtual international symposium will bring scholars and practitioners into a conversation about real-world environmental initiatives and solutions, benefiting from a diverse array of geographies and cases.


CECC Conference June 1-2 Final Agenda_2023.pdf


Keynote Lecture: Prof. Mark Lubell, Department of Environmental Science and Policy at UC Davis (see Prof. Lubell's Website).

Title: Conflict and Cooperation in Polycentric Governance Systems

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Biography: Mark Lubell is a Professor of Environmental Science and Policy and co-director of the Center for Environmental Policy and Behavior at the University of California, Davis.  His research focuses on cooperation and conflict in the context of environmental governance, with current projects on climate adaptation, agricultural decision-making, and groundwater management.


Prof. Lubell will talk about solving environmental problems and conflicts in multi-stakeholder environmental and water management projects, focusing on the case study of the North California Bay Area. 


In-person, UC Berkeley, June 2nd, 9:00-16:30 (Pacific Time):


Day 2 (in-person, Berkeley, CA) will include discussions on both international and local (California-based) initiatives and trends at an in-person workshop that convenes international and local scholars and practitioners so as to go deeper into issues and case studies involving more (and less) successful environmental initiatives. 

The conference aims to provide science-based practical insights for scholars, activists, practitioners, planners and policy-makers, by sharing tools and frameworks that can support more effective integration, actionability and sustainability towards change-making and sustained transformations. At both the global and local scales, we hope to brainstorm ways to address the challenges we face as we aim to integrate diverse knowledge, experience, and approaches to effect sustainability transformations on the ground. We hope participants will leave inspired by the ideas and work of their peers, fortified with new ideas, cases, and community in our work for positive change.


Keynote Lecturer: Dr. Michael (Moose) O'Donnell

Link to Michael O'Donnell's Website





*Participants can also sign up for in-person participation on June 2nd, without giving a lecture, and are only required to write a 100-150 word cover letter explaining their interest in the workshop, as well as their professional and/or academic background and affiliation. Participation in both days is open to academics and the public, free of charge.


Diversity of views and backgrounds will bring added value to these conversations, Please consider presenting your own scholarship, narrative, or experience, or simply joining with your questions and conversation! The conference organizers would also like to encourage early career scholars (e.g., doctoral students and post-doctoral fellows), as well as practitioners, to join us on both days, and either submit an abstract or participate in the in-person workshop day at UC Berkeley. We would like to include as many voices as possible in this conversation.


Questions can be addressed to Dr. Yael Teff-Seker at:

CECC Conference, UC Davis, CA, 9:00 am-4:30 pm PT

June 1, 2023 – Online (Zoom)

Zoom link:





Introduction – Conference Begins

9:00 am PT




Keynote: Prof. Mark Lubell, UC Davis - Environmental Science and Policy, co-director of the Center for Environmental Policy and Behavior, UC Davis

Keynote: Conflict and Cooperation in Polycentric Governance Systems


Session I - Environmental Conflict and Cooperation in the Middle East

10:00 am PT


Moderator: Tareq Abu-Hamed, Director, Arava Institute for Environmental Studies



Miri Lavi-Neeman, AIES: Herding in the Middle East: Rethinking Drylands Conservation in Climate Frontiers


Fareed Mahameed, CTWM, Decentralized Wastewater Management, and Reuse as a Response to the Water and Sanitation Crisis in the Developing World: Case Studies from Palestine and Israel's Bedouin Community


Jozsef Kadar, AIES: Energy Poverty in a Warming Middle East – Case Study: Israel- Jordan–Palestine



Session II: Human-Nature Connections and Rights

11:00 am PT


Moderator: Jen Holzer, Brock University



Julia Baird, Brock University: The Role of a Nature-Based Program in Fostering Multiple Connections to Nature


David Katz, University of Haifa: Hydro Diplomacy in the Middle East


Shah Fahad, Leshan Normal University, China: Territorial Rights and the Localization of the Indigenous Environmental Guardian Standard in Pakistan


Orni Bloch, Technion: Design as a Tool for Enhancing Human-Nature Interaction


*12:20-12:30 Short break*


Session III: Planning and Governance in Marine Environments

12:30 pm PT


Moderator: Michael O’Donnel, UC Davis



Anne Maree Kreller UNSW, Sydney: Knowledge and Conflict in Sea-Level Rise Adaptation in The Central Coast, NSW, Australia


Alicia Schuler, NOAA: Promoting responsible wildlife viewing practices through the Whale SENSE Program


Yaara Grossmark, Technion: Incorporating Human-Wildlife Interaction into Marine Spatial Planning: A Study Case of Guitarfish along the Israeli Mediterranean Coast


Session IV: Private and 3rd Sector Initiatives

1:30 pm PT


Moderator: Yael Teff-Seker, UC Davis



Shira Bukchin-Peles, The Hebrew University: Scaling Up the Black Soldier Fly Industry: Navigating Social Challenges and Supply Chain Design


Elai Rettig, Bar Ilan University: Powering Urban Energy Divisions as a Peacebuilding Strategy: Foreign Involvement in the Solar Electricity Projects of East-Jerusalem


Nir Yemini, Ben Gurion University: While We Work Together to Protect the Environment, We Compete for Money. ״

Session V: Planning and Governance on Land

2:30 pm PT


Moderator: Naama Sadan, Hebrew University


Yonat Rein-Sapir, The Hebrew University: Local Authority as An Environmental Entrepreneur- By Law or By Choice? Insights From Israel and Switzerland


Merav Cohen, Technion: What Makes Socio-Ecological Systems More Resilient? Principles And Methods to Test Them


Adi Elmaliah, Technion: Mapping and Assessing Cultural Ecosystem Services and Their Spatial Correlation with Biodiversity Israel's Arava Valley



Session VI: Collaborative Initiatives

3:30 pm PT


Moderator: Yael Teff-Seker (UC Davis)



Michael Schoon, Arizona State University: From Qualitative to Quantitative Analysis: Lessons on Collaborative Governance


Theresa Marie E. Lorenzo, University of Hong Kong: Advancing Rural Revitalization: Implementing Nature-Based Solutions by Enabling Environmental Cooperation


Rachel Neugarten, Cornell University: How Can We Shock-Proof Conservation? An Unsystematic Review and Example from Madagascar


*4:30 pm PT - Closing Remarks*





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June 2nd, Friday, 9:00 am-4:30 pm PT (In Person)

UC Berkeley Law School, Goldberg Room


Hosted by the Helen Diller Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies (HDI) University of California, Berkeley





Welcome (coffee and refreshments)






Keynote: Michael (“Moose”) O’Donnell, UC Davis

UC Davis Coastal & Marine Sciences Institute

Title: Shades of Gray: Conflicts within Cooperation in Marine Conservation






Session 1: Knowledge and Methods for ECC through a Justice Lens

Moderator: Yael Teff-Seker



Jen Holzer, Brock University: How Should We Study Power in Environmental Governance?



Naama Sadan, Hebrew University: Equity Patterns in EE Inter-Organizational Networks



Rudo Chasi, Humphrey Fellow, UC Davis: Human-Elephant Conflict in Zimbabwe



Pramud Pandey , UC Davis: The Evolution of California Rural Dairy Industry, Environment, and Sustainability 







* Lunch * (provided by organizers – Helen Diller Institute, UC Berkeley)







Session 2 – Marine and Coastal Initiatives

Moderator: Michael O’Donnell



David Katz, University of Haifa: Desalination and the changing nature of Transboundary Water Conflict & Cooperation Sea



Yael Teff-Seker, UC Davis: Environmental Peacebuilding: The Case of the Red Sea Coral Reefs



Gene DePui: Cuesta College / CA Sea Grant: California Environmental Justice Database






Session 3: Water management

Moderator: Jennifer Holzer



Manuela Quijano Hoyos, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: Governing After FARC: Environment and Peacebuilding in the Colombian Amazon



Davis Manshardt, University of Connecticut: Conflict and Cooperation in Transboundary Groundwater Governance Through the Lens of Ostrom’s Design Principles



Seamus Land, Facilitator: Exploring the Relationship between Collaborative Capacity and Outcomes – Bridging Academic Models with Practice for Collaborative Landscape Conservation in the United States






Closing Lecture:

David Zilberman, UC Berkeley: Conflict and Cooperation in the Evolution of Water Supply Chains






Coffee Break







Moderator: Naama Sadan



16:30-18:00 – Happy Hour (Optional)




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Photographs from Last Year's Conference - CECC 2022





















Scroll below to view the program for last year's (2022) CECC conference!



2022 Theme: Bridging the Gap - Between Environmental Policy, Social Studies, and the Humanities 


The 2nd Annual International Conference on Cross-border Environmental Conflict and Cooperation (CECC), 2022 was held between May 31st (in-person, at UC Berkeley, CA) and June 1st, 2022 at UC Davis (online). The conference focused on the topic of Bridging the Gap: Connecting the Dots in a Fragmented Environmental Field.

Environmental ideas that have been crystalizing in the last five decades are now coming to a turning point. The accumulation of scholarly work on the environment spans natural sciences, organizations, and policies. There are a variety of components, but often insufficient connections and shared language. We aim in this conference to do the work of weaving some of these components together. In particular, we believe that the social sciences and the humanities have a lot to offer for this process of weaving and therefore need to take their place and contribute to integrating environmental knowledge into societal rituals, practices, and identity.

These are some of the questions on which the conference focused:

• How do policies connect to goals and needs in diverse local social and cultural environments?
• How can “old traditions” help weave new science-informed policies into the social fabric?
• How do we connect different organizational fields to shared environmental ideas?
• How do we weave a shared narrative of sustainability in different contexts?
• How do actors and researchers create a coherent environmental language?


 Conference schedule

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To Download the 2022 Schedule (2nd Annual CECC conference):


Conference Plan - CECC 2
(Note: This was the schedule for CECC 2, 2022 - a new plan will be provided for the 2023 conference in May of 2023.


May 31st, 2022


The first day of the conference took place in person, on May 31st, between 9am-5pm, at UC Berkeley, California, and hosted by the Helen Diller Institute, focusing predominantly on local scholarship and expertise, in California and the area. This day included two keynote lectures, and then 2-3 one-hour workshops that explored the important next steps needed for connecting Social Studies and the Humanities with environmental challenges, as well as informing environment-related policies and actions. These workshops included a roundtable element in which experts in their field could discuss these questions, with the potential of creating a joint publication based on the workshop insights

Keynote lectures were given by Prof. Elizabeth Miller (English Department, UC Davis, link to website)  and by Dr. Tareq Abu-Hamed (Director, Arava Institute, link to website).  For additional details regarding the speakers and schedule please click here.

Meet our 2022 Keynote Speakers:


May 31st, 2022



Associate Professor Nicole Ardoin

Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Stanford University 



Nicole Ardoin, Emmett Faculty Scholar, is the Sykes Family Director of the Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources (E-IPER) in the School of Earth, Energy, and Environmental Sciences at Stanford University. She is a senior fellow with the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment and an associate professor in the Graduate School of Education.

Founder of the Social Ecology Lab, Professor Ardoin is an interdisciplinary social scientist who researches individual and collective environmental behavior as influenced by environmental learning and motivated by place-based connections. Professor Ardoin and her lab often collaborate with community partners at a range of scales, to co-design studies that build on a theoretical frame while addressing questions related to social-ecological practices.

Professor Ardoin has a PhD in Social Ecology from the Yale School of the Environment. She is an associate editor of the journal Environmental Education Research and serves on the board of various organizations including the George B. Storer Foundation and NatureBridge.



Assistant Professor Ariel Evan Mayse

Department of Religious Studies

Stanford University


Ariel Evan Mayse joined the faculty of Stanford University in 2017 as an assistant professor in the Department of Religious Studies, after previously serving as the Director of Jewish Studies and Visiting Assistant Professor of Modern Jewish Thought at Hebrew College in Newton, Massachusetts, and a research fellow at the Frankel Institute for Advanced Judaic Studies of the University of Michigan. He is currently a fellow at the Kogod Research Center at the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America. Mayse holds a Ph.D. in Jewish Studies from Harvard University and rabbinic ordination from Beit Midrash Har’el in Israel. Mayse's research examines the role of language in Hasidism, manuscript theory and the formation of early Hasidic literature, the renaissance of Jewish mysticism in the nineteenth and twentieth century, the relationship between spirituality and law in Jewish legal writings, and the resources of Jewish thought and theology for constructing contemporary environmental ethics. He is the author of Speaking Infinities: God and Language in the Teachings of Rabbi Dov Ber of Mezritsh (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2020; Hebrew translation, forthcoming in 2021), and the two-volume A New Hasidism: Roots and A New Hasidism: Branches, with Arthur Green (Philadelphia: Jewish Publication Society and University of Nebraska Press, 2019). His newest book, As a Deep River Rises: Judaism, Ecology and Environmental Ethics is under contract with Brandeis University Press.


June 1st, 2022


Liz Miller

Prof. Elizabeth Miller

Department of English

University of California, Davis



Elizabeth Carolyn Miller joined the UC Davis English department in 2008 and served as Department Chair from 2013-2016. Before coming to Davis, she taught at Ohio University, the University of Michigan, and the University of Oklahoma. Her scholarly interests include nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century literature of Britain and the British Empire, ecocriticism and environmental studies, gender studies, and media studies. Her recently-completed book titled Extraction Ecologies and the Literature of the Long Exhaustion appeared with Princeton University Press in October 2021. Previous books include Slow Print: Literary Radicalism and Late Victorian Print Culture (Stanford University Press, 2013), and Framed: The New Woman Criminal in British Culture at the Fin de Siècle (University of Michigan Press, 2008). In 2018, she guest-edited a special issue of Victorian Studies on "Climate Change and Victorian Studies" and in 2019 she published a co-edited volume titled Teaching William Morris. She also edited the first fully-annotated collection of George Bernard Shaw's political writings (Oxford, 2021).


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Dr. Tareq Abu-Hamed


Arava Institute for Environmental Studies



Dr. Abu Hamed is the Director of the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies (AIES), Israel. Dr. Abu Hamed is from East Jerusalem and holds a Bachelor’s and a Master’s of Science in Chemical Engineering from Gazi University (Turkey), and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Ankara University (Turkey), and has completed two terms of postdoctoral research at the Environmental Science and Energy Research Department of the Weizmann Institute (Israel), and the University of Minnesota’s Mechanical Engineering Department Solar Energy Lab.

In 2008, he established the Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation (CREEC) at the Arava Institute. He left the Institute in 2013 to become the Israeli Ministry of Science’s Deputy Chief Scientist, and later the Acting Chief Scientist, the highest ranking Palestinian in the Israeli government. He returned to the Arava Institute in 2016 as Director of CREEC and Academic Director, and was appointed Executive Director in 2021.






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Download the Poster (pdf format): Poster_Bridging the Gap_final_0.pdf




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