Fields of Study: International Relations, Political Theory, and Environmental Politics and Policy
About: During her undergraduate work at University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Desirée became fascinated with global political systems. She saw these global systems as a potentially influential mechanism to tackle global ecological issues, such as climate change. Recognizing the failures of international organizations’ lack of sustained reach to citizen voices, Desirée looked for alternative understandings of democracy and possibilities to increase citizen participation. Desirée put theory into practice when she became an affiliate of a global network of individuals in organizations that host global ‘days of deliberation’ on environmental issues prior to United Nations COP conferences (Biodiversity 2012; Climate and Energy 2015). Emphasizing a necessity of pragmatism in political research, she continues to work with additional networks to host 'citizen deliberations' on environmental issues. Desirée’s PhD research adopts a critical analysis approach to explore democratic transformations within frameworks of climate change and energy issues on the global, national and local levels.