Dr. Logan Hennessy received his Ph.D. in Environmental Science, Policy, and Management from the University of California, Berkeley, in 2005, with an interest in indigenous environmental justice. His research combines three main areas of scholarship: indigenous social movements, the political economy of extractive industries, and environmental history in the Americas. Working closely with local indigenous communities and organizations in Ecuador and Guyana, Dr. Hennessy has conducted in-depth research on the various ways in which native communities engage the extraction of natural resources and secure their territory in an era of globalization. This field experience informs a critique of international policy and development in the mining, oil, and forestry sectors and their dissonance with the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).
His recent collaborations with Bay Area non-profit organizations include Pacific Environment, the Interamerican Association for Environmental Defense, and the International Forum on Globalization. With these groups, Dr. Hennessy is exploring the constraints and opportunities for the implementation of indigenous rights in reforms of the mining sector and REDD+ (reduced emissions from deforestation and degradation) forest issues within UN-level climate change negotiations.
Dr. Hennessy teaches courses in Liberal Studies and in Social Science.