Peer Reviewed Articles

• Research on Environment, Security, and Conflict • 

Ide, T., M.F. Johnson, J. Barnett, F. Krampe, P. Le Billon, L. Maertens, N. von Uexkull, I. Vélez-Torres. 2023 The Future of Environmental Peace and Conflict Research. Environmental Politics, 1-27. DOI:

Vélez Torres, I. and M.F. Johnson. 2023. Decolonising Environmental Security in The Future of Environmental Peace and Conflict Research. Environmental Politics, 18-21.

Johnson, M.F. 2022. Local Engagement in Environmental Peacebuilding: Examining the Band-e-Amir Protected Area Committee as a Peacebuilding Mechanism in Afghanistan. Development in Practice 32(6): 755-767, DOI: 10.1080/09614524.2021.1937538.

Johnson, M.F., L.A. Rodríguez, M. Quijano Hoyos. 2021. Intrastate Environmental Peacebuilding: A Review of the Literature. World Development 137: 1-18. DOI:

Johnson, M.F. 2021. Fighting for Black Stone: Extractive Conflict, Institutional Change, and Peacebuilding in Sierra Leone International Affairs 97(1): 81-101. DOI: 10.1093/ia/iiaa056 (Part of the January 2021 special issue of International Affairs on ‘Environmental peacebuilding’, guest-edited by Tobias Ide, Carl Bruch, Alexander Carius, Geoffrey D. Dabelko and Erika Weinthal)

Johnson M.F., R. Laurent*, and B. Kwao. 2020. Constructing a Crisis: The Effect of Resource Curse Discourse on Extractive Governance in Ghana. The Extractive Industries & Society 7(3): 965-974. DOI:

Johnson, M.F. 2019. Who Governs Here? Informal Resource Extraction, State Enforcement, and Conflict in Ghana Global Environmental Change 58: 1-11.

Johnson, M.F. 2019. Strong (Green) Institutions in Weak States: Environmental Governance and Human (in)Security in the Global South. World Development 122: 433-445.

Johnson, M.F. 2017. Institutional Change in a Conflict Setting: Afghanistan’s Environment Law. European Journal of International Relations 23(1): 168-191.

Johnson, M.F., N. Kanderian, C. Shank, H. Rahmani, D. Lawson and P. Smallwood. 2012. Setting Priorities for Protected Area Planning in a Conflict Zone – Afghanistan’s National Protected Area System Plan. Biological Conservation 148(1): 146-155.

Kretser, H., M.F. Johnson, L. Hickey, P. Zahler, E. Bennett. 2012. Wildlife Trade Products Available to U.S. Military Personnel Serving AbroadBiodiversity and Conservation 21(4): 967-980.

• Research on Energy and Agriculture Governance in the US Midwest 

Sveinsdóttir, A. and M.F. Johnson. 2022. Doubling Down on DAPL: The contentious politics of pipeline governance in Illinois. Environmental Politics. DOI:

Johnson, M.F., A. Sveinsdóttir, and E. Guske.** 2021. The Dakota Access Pipeline in Illinois: Participation, Power, and Institutional Design in United States Critical Energy Infrastructure Governance. Energy Research & Social Science 73: 1-10. DOI:

 Research on Conservation Social Science 

Gonzalez Cruz*, J. and M.F. Johnson. 2022. Invasive Species in Post-2020 Global Environmental Politics. Global Environmental Politics 22(2): 12-22. DOI:

Johnson, M.F., K. Karanth, and E. Weinthal. 2018. Compensation as a Policy for Mitigating Human-Wildlife Conflict Around Four Protected Areas in Rajasthan, India. ​Conservation & Society 16(3): 305-319.

Hudson, L.N., T. Newbold, S. Contu…M.F. Johnson…et al. 2017. The database of the Predicts (Projecting responses of ecological diversity in changing terrestrial systems) project. Ecology and Evolution 7(1): 145-188.

Johnson, M.F., C. Hannah, L. Acton, R. Popovici, K.K. Karanth, E. Weinthal. 2014. Network Environmentalism: Citizen Scientists as Agents for Environmental AdvocacyGlobal Environmental Change 29: 235-245.  

Johnson, M.F., A. Gómez, M.A. Pinedo-Vasquez. 2008. Land Use and Mosquito Diversity in the Peruvian AmazonJournal of Medical Entomology 45(6): 1023-1030.

Book Chapters and Other Works

New Security Beat. July 2019. Lost in Translation: How Building “Strong” Institutions can Diminish Human Security in the Global South. 

Weinthal, E. and M.F. Johnson. 2018. Post-War Environmental Peacebuilding: Navigating Renewable and Non-Renewable Resources. In Routledge Handbook of Environmental Conflict and Peacebuilding, ed. Ashok Swain and Joakim Öjendal: Routledge.

​Johnson, M.F. 2017. Strong Institutions in Weak States: Institution Building, Natural Resource Governance, and Peacebuilding in Ghana and Sierra Leone. Doctoral Dissertation. Durham: Duke University. 

Working Papers

Vogel, K., M. F. Johnson, and A.G. Sveinsdóttir. Communities at Risk for Mobilization: Neoliberal Governance and the (un)Contentious Politics of the Dakota Access Pipeline in Rural Illinois. Revise and Resubmit to the Journal of Rural Studies. 

M.F. Johnson, T. Ide, and J. Gonzalez Cruz. Conceptualizing Resilience within Environmental Peacebuilding. In Revision with Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability.

M.F. Johnson and L.A. Rodríguez. (in advanced prep) Governing after FARC: Environmental Peacebuilding in Caquetá, Colombia.

Aya, L., L.A. Rodríguez, and M. F. Johnson. (in prep). Peace and Parks in the Colombian Amazon: Transformations in the Governance of Protected Areas in the Transition from Conflict to Peacebuilding.

Professional Reports

Johnson, M.F. 2008-2010. Recommendation to the National Environmental Protection Agency on listing protected and harvestable wild species in the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. Wildlife Conservation Society and the Afghanistan Wildlife Executive Committee. Kabul, Afghanistan. Pp 1-208.

Johnson, M.F. and J.R. Wingard. 2010. Wild Fauna Trade in Afghanistan. Wildlife Conservation Society. Kabul, Afghanistan. Pp 1-75.

Johnson, M.F., N. Kanderian, C. Shank. 2009. National Protected Area System Plan of Afghanistan. Wildlife Conservation Society. Kabul, Afghanistan. Pp 1-59.

Kanderian, N., M.F. Johnson, C. Shank, H. Rahmani, R. Sanger. 2009. The faunal approach to identifying Afghanistan’s biodiversity priority zones. Wildlife Conservation Society. Kabul, Afghanistan. Pp 1-89.

Kanderian, N., C. Shank, M.F. Johnson, H. Rahmani. 2009. Identifying priority zones for a protected area network in Afghanistan. Wildlife Conservation Society. Kabul, Afghanistan. Pp 1-59.

* Indicates a graduate student working in Dr. Johnson’s lab.

**Indicates an undergraduate student working in Dr. Johnson’s lab.