Ethics and Public Policy

Douglas Johnson, Ph.D.

Past Editor, Geographical Review
Graduate School of Geography
Clark University
Worcester, MA 01610-1477

(508) 793-7336 phone
Member, George Perkins Marsh Institute

Curriculum Vitae

In 1971 Professor Douglas Johnson received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. After first teaching at Southern Illinois University, he moved to Clark in 1972 where he has remained except for brief periods at the University of California, Berkeley, Al-Akhawayn University, Morocco and the Office of Arid Lands Studies at the University of Arizona. He is a member of the editorial board of the Columbia Gazetteer of the World.

Current Research and Teaching

  1. Land degradation and desertification.
  2. Management of arid lands.
  3. Pastoral nomadism and the cultural ecology of animal keeping.
  4. The geography of the Middle East and North Africa, especially Morocco.
  5. Balancing nature and culture in nature parks.

Courses Offered

Geog 005 Environment and Culture in the Landscapes of Western Europe
Geog 010 Environment and Culture (First Year Seminar)
Geog 017 Culture, Place, and the Environment
Geog 105 Keeping of Animals: Patterns of Use and Abuse
Geog 184 Landscapes of the Middle East
Geog 228 Management of Arid Lands
Geog 239 Country and Culture
Geog 284 Environment and Development in the Middle East and North Africa
Geog 370 Animal Agriculture

Selected Publications

Pastoral Nomadism

1990 John G. Galaty and Douglas L. Johnson, eds. The World of Pastoralism: Herding Systems in Comparative Perspective (New York: Guilford Press). 436 pp.

1993 Douglas L. Johnson. "Pastoral Nomadism and the Sustainable Use of Arid Lands," Arid Lands Newsletter, 33 Spring/Summer, pp. 26-34.

1993 Douglas L. Johnson. "Nomadism and Desertification in Africa and the Middle East," GeoJournal, 31, No. 1 (September), pp. 51-66.

2002 Li, Ying, Douglas L. Johnson, and Abdelkrim Marzouk. "Pauperizing the pastoral periphery: the marginalization of herding communities in the world's dry lands, " Journal of Geographical Sciences, 12, No. 1, 1-14

Land Degradation/Desertification

1995 Douglas L. Johnson and Laurence A. Lewis. Land Degradation: Creation and Destruction (Oxford, U.K and Cambridge, MA: Blackwell). 335 pp.

1998 Douglas L. Johnson. "Land Degradation in Dry Places: How Selective Desertification Produces Creative Destruction," in K Goebel (ed.), International Seminar of Nuclear War and Planetary Emergencies, 22nd Session, "E. Majorana" Centre for Scientific Culture, Erice, Italy. 19-24 August 1997 (Singapore: World Scientific), pp. 227-240.

1999 Douglas L. Johnson. "The Human Dimensions of Desertification in Semi-arid Environments: The Case for Holistic Solutions to Sustainable Development," in K.Goebel (ed.), International Seminar on Nuclear War and Planetary Emergencies, 23rd session, "E. Majorana" Centre for Scientific Culture, Erice, Italy. 19-24 August 1998 (Singapore: World Scientific), pp. 122-137.

2001 Douglas L. Johnson. "Linking the Conventions: Soil Carbon Sequestration and Desertification Control. A Report from the Desertification Permanent Monitoring Panel Workshop," in R. Ragaini (ed.), International Seminar in the Planetary Emergencies and Associated Meetings. 25th Session "E. Majorana" Centre for Scientific Culture. Erice, Italy, 19-24 August 2000 (Singapore: World Scientific), pp. 400-405.

Middle East/North Africa

1993 Abdellatif Bencherifa and Douglas L. Johnson. "Environment, Population Pressure and Resource Use Strategies in the Middle Atlas Mountains of Morocco," in Abdellatif Bencherifa (ed.), Montagnes et Hauts-Pays de l'Afrique (2): Utilisation et Conservation des Resources ([Rabat]: Unversité Mohammed V, Faculté des Lettres et des Sciences Humaines, Serie Colloques et Seminaires No. 29), pp. 101-121.

1995 Douglas L. Johnson. "Development Trends and Environmental Deterioration in the Agropastoral Systems of the Central Middle Atlas, Morocco" in W.D. Swearingen and A. Bencherifa (eds.), The North African Environment at Risk: Environmental Sustainability and Economic Development (Boulder: Westview), pp. 35-54.

2001 Douglas L. Johnson. "The Middle East and North Africa," in David L.Clawson (ed.), World Regional Geography: A Development Approach 7th Edition (Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Prentice Hall), pp. 409-475

Culture and Environment

2000 Alexander B. Murphy and Douglas L. Johnson with Viola Harrmann, eds. "Cultural Encounters with the Environment: Enduring and Evolving Themes" Lanham, MD: Rowan and Littlefield, pg. 337.