Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, Franklin & Marshall College - Department of Earth & Environment

eric.hirsch@fandm.edu     

A poster outside of the Center for the Study and Promotion of Development ("Desco") NGO's climate change and environmental education fair. It reads: "Nature makes great things without asking for anything in return. Help her!" Note that "obras" can refer both to works of art and public infrastructure projects. (Photo: E. Hirsch)

An image from a development competition in the Colca Valley town of Chivay. Here, participants in the Sierra Sur development project competitively presented their returns on project investment. Representatives from the village of Tuti approach the stage carrying a binder, covered in elaborate embroidery, that meticulously documents their business plan. (Photo: E. Hirsch)

Gerardo Huaracha and Luisa Cutipa's cultural tourism lodge and museum in Yanque, a hamlet in the Peruvian Andes' Colca Valley. (Photo: M. Palacios)

A seawall protecting the island of Vilingili in the Maldives, where I have conducted comparative research on climate change and the politics of resilience. This is one of the world's lowest-lying countries, which scientists and policymakers suggest may be among the world's first to be rendered uninhabitable due to sea-level rise. (Photo: E. Hirsch)