Drew (Richard) Marcantonio

Peace Studies & Anthropology

Drew (Richard) Marcantonio (peace studies and anthropology) holds a Master of Arts in Anthropology from the University of Notre Dame (2018), a Master of Public Affairs degree in Environmental Policy and Natural Resource Management from Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) (2016) and a B.A. in Geography and the Environment from the University of Texas at Austin (2009). Drew is a Richard and Peggy Notebaert Premier Fellow (2016-2021) and a Mullen Family Fellow (2017-2018) and was awarded the Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fellowship (2018-2021), a nationally competitive and distinguished honor.

Drew is a joint-PhD in Peace Studies and Anthropology candidate while also earning a Graduate Certificate in Environment and Society. His current research integrates social and environmental science methods and theories to develop a concept of environmental violence, the process by which humans are harmed and/or have their everyday lives altered by human-produced toxic and non-toxic pollution. Central components of this work include Earth Systems and human niche construction theory, an understanding of global environmental change and risk, and the identification of patterns and processes, global to local in scale, that facilitate and result as a function of environmental violence.

During his graduate studies at SPEA he led a research project in Zambia working with smallholder farmers to understand local perceptions and impacts of, and responses to, water scarcity.  He is currently leading two projects. In one he is partnering with an international disaster relief organization regarding climate change-driven extreme weather events across island locations. The second, with the Conservation Society of Sierra Leone, focuses on the effects of mining along the Pampana River. In partnering with active organizations and conducting interdisciplinary research, Drew’s work contributes to socio-environmental scholarship, policy and the efforts of practitioners alike.

Recent Publications

  • Marcantonio, R.A. (Peace Studies and Anthropology Ph.D. student) 2020 “Toxicity travels in a changing climate.” Environmental Science & Policy. no 114560-569 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envsci.2020.09.029 
  • Marcantonio R.A. (Peace Studies and Anthropology Ph.D. student) and Kristina Hook (Ph.D. ’20), The Environment in Warfare-Related Policy Making: The case in Ukraine.” Small Wars Journal. 25 October 2020.

  • Marcantonio R.A. (Peace Studies and Anthropolgy Ph.D. student) and Fuentes, Agustín. "A Clear Past and A Murky Future: Life in the Anthropocene on the Pampana River, Sierra Leone." Land 20209, 72
  •  Marcantonio R.A. (Peace Studies and Anthropolgy Ph.D. student). Field S, Regan PM (2019) Toxic trajectories under future climate conditions. PLoS ONE 14(12): e0226958. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0226958
  • Marcantonio, R. A. (Peace Studies and Anthropology Ph.D. student). (2020) Water, anxiety, and the human niche: a study in Southern Province, Zambia, Climate and Development, 12:4, 310-322, DOI: 10.1080/17565529.2019.1617664
  • Marcantonio, R. A. (Peace Studies and Anthropology Ph.D. student) and Bolten, C. 2019. "Farmers Facing Climate Change in Southern Zambia." Journal of Transdisciplinary Peace Praxis. Vol. 1 (1) p. 61-84.
  • Marcantonio, R.A. (Peace Studies and Anthropolgy Ph.D. student), Field, S.P., Sesay, P.B. et al. Identifying human health risks from precious metal mining in Sierra Leone. Reg Environ Change 21, 2 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10113-020-01731-5
  • Marcantonio, R.A. (with Mack, Elizabeth A.; Bunting, Erin; Herndon, James; Ross, Amanda; Zimmer, Andrew; Lin, Chun-Hung; and Orazem, Peter F.) 2021. “Conflict and its relationship to climate variability in Sub-Saharan Africa.” Science of The Total Environment 775. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2021.145646.