Dr. Elizabeth Alison
Associate Professor of Ecology and Religion at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, California, USA
Elizabeth Allison, PhD, is a leader in the transdisciplinary field of religion & ecology who studies the convergence of religion and ethics with environmental policy and practice.
She is Associate Professor of Ecology and Religion at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, California, USA, where she founded and chairs the graduate program in Ecology, Spirituality, and Religion and created the Religion & Ecology Summit series of annual conferences.
She is co-editor of After the Death of Nature: Carolyn Merchant and the Future of Human-Nature Relations, and hasauthored dozens of articles and chapters on climate change, sustainability, environmental ethics, mountain socio-ecology, and Buddhism appearing in journals such as WIREs Climate Change, Religions, Mountain Research and Development, Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature, and Culture, and in edited volumes on Bhutan, religion, nature, and geography.
Her work on religious responses to climate change has been cited by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the Earth Charter, and the World Bank’s Development Dialogue. A former Fulbright scholar in Nepal, she holds degrees in environmental management from the University of California - Berkeley and Yale University, and in religion from Yale and Williams College. Her current book project is The Topography of Karma: Religion, Environment, and Development in Modernizing Bhutan.