Jesse Ribot is a Full Professor in Geography at the University of Illinois. He has an appointment in the School of Natural Resources and Environmental Studies and is Director of the campus-wide Social Dimensions of Environmental Policy Initiative (SDEP). He was a Senior Associate in the Institutions and Governance program at the World Resources Institute from 1999-08. He has been a visiting professor in Politics at the New School for Social Research in New York, and a or fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Yale Program in Agrarian Studies, and was a MacArthur Fellow at the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies. From 1991-94 he was a lecturer in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT. He has also advised foreign governments and international development agencies. He conducts research in Africa on sub-national democracy; natural resource tenure and access; distributional equity along natural resource commodity chains; and vulnerability in the face of climate and environmental change.
Above he is seen at a high-level research meeting in Oxford on Climate and Social Vulnerability (with Drs. Schreckenberg and McDermott).