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Jeanne X. Kasperson Research Library

Jeanne Kasperson Research Library


The Jeanne X. Kasperson Research Library is dedicated to higher learning and to supporting those who seek to expand their knowledge. The primary mission of the library is to support Clark University’s extensive environmental research programs. This includes but is not limited to programs conducted under the aegis of the George Perkins Marsh Research Institute, the Graduate School of Geography, and the Department of International Development, Community, and Environment (IDCE). The library is committed to serving the educational functions of the University and the broader community in order to further research related to sustainability and global environmental change, international development, and risk and hazards to society and the environment.

In Memory of Dr. Roger Kasperson ’59

Roger Kasperson talks to David Angel, president of Clark Univ

Clark University is saddened by the passing of Dr. Roger Kasperson ’59, longtime professor of geography, former provost, former director of the George Perkins Marsh Institute, and member of the National Academy of Sciences. Memorial donations may be made to the Jeanne X. Kasperson Library Endowed Fund.

Memorial Donations


The Kasperson Research Library offers one of the most extensive collections in North America on environmental risk and hazards, environment and development, and the human dimensions of global environmental change. The library’s collection also includes holdings in international development, water resources, technology, energy policy, and sustainability. Over 35,000 books, technical reports, and government documents make up the current catalogued collection. The library receives journals and newsletters related to its focus areas. In addition, the library maintains an expansive internal database of grey literature in its areas of specialization, a collection of over 300 data boxes covering a wide range of topics from AIDS to water pollution, and an extensive collection of holdings on radioactive waste management issues.

Special collections include the Worcester Refugee Archive, a repository for materials and resources related to Worcester’s refugee and forced migrant communities. The collection includes published and unpublished materials on the history, resettlement, community health, livelihoods and material culture of individuals, groups, refugee community organizations, and agencies based in and around Worcester.


  • Borrowing policy: Students may borrow books for 28 days with options to renew if the book is not in demand.
  • Personalized research assistance
  • Reference help
  • Comfortable space for individual study or small group projects
  • Library orientation tours/classes for incoming and current students
  • Coordination of class assignments around Kasperson Library resources
  • Compilation of materials for classes
  • Copying/printing/scanning

New Acquisitions

New Acquisitions at Kasperson Research Library (2021) 

Resilience in the Anthropocene: Governance and politics at the end of the world edited by David Chandler, Kevin Grove and Stephanie Wakefield (2020)

Climate change ethics and the non-human world edited by Brian G. Henning and Zach Walsh (2020)

Moral theory and climate change: Ethical perspectives on a warming planet edited by Dale E. Miller and Ben Eggleston (2020)

Culture, space and climate change: Vulnerability and resilience in European coastal areas by Thorsten Heimann (2019)

Thinking like a climate: Governing a city in times of environmental change by Hannah Knox (2020)

The new climate war: The fight to take back the planet by Michael E. Mann (2021)

Local activism for global climate justice: The Great Lakes watershed edited by Patricia E. Perkins (2020)

A research agenda for climate justice edited by Paul G. Harris (2019)

Teaching climate change in the United States edited by Joseph Henderson and Andrea Drewes (2020)

Fighting for Andean resources: Extractive industries, cultural politics, and environmental struggles in Peru by Vladimir R. Gil Ramon (2020)

The prior consultation of indigenous peoples in Latin America: Inside the implementation gap edited by Claire Wright and Alexandra Tomaselli (2019)

New mechanisms of participation in extractive governance: Between technologies of governance and resistance work edited by Esben Leifsen …et al. (2018)

Property rights and governance in artisanal and small-scale mining: Critical approaches edited by Chris Huggins (2020)

Viruses, pandemics, and immunity by Arup K. Chakraborty and Andrey S. Shaw (2021)

American contagions: Epidemics and the law from Smallpox to COVID-19 by John Fabian Witt (2020)

Mapping crisis: Participation, datafication and humanitarianism in the age of digital mapping edited by Doug Specht (2020)

Invisibility in African displacements: From structural marginalization to strategies of avoidance edited by Jesper Bjarnesen and Simon Turner (2020)

Climate changed: Refugee border stories and the business of misery by Daniel Briggs (2021)

Refugee mental health edited by Jamie D. Aten and Jenny Hwang (2021)

Refugees, migration and global governance: Negotiating the global compacts by Elizabeth G. Ferris and Katharine M. Donato (2020)

Conservation: Integrating social and ecological justice edited by Helen Kopnina and Haydn Washington (2020)

Sustainable wellbeing futures: A research and action agenda for ecological economics edited by Robert Costanza …et al.

Rethinking African agriculture: How non-agrarian factors shape peasant life edited by Goran Hyden, Kazuhiko Sugimura and Tadasu Tsuruta (2020)

Participatory arts in international development edited by Paul Cooke and Ines Soria-Donlan (2020)

Muslim women in the economy: Development, faith and globalization edited by Shamim Samani and Dora Marinova (2020)

Greening East Asia: The rise of the eco-developmental state edited by Ashley Esarey …et al. (2020)

Mountains of blame: Climate and culpability in the Philippine uplands by Will Smith (2020)

Rural development in practice: Evolving challenges and opportunities by Willem van Eekelen (2020)

Narrative politics in public policy: Legalizing cannabis by Hugh T. Miller (2020)

Legalizing cannabis: Experiences, lessons and scenarios edited by Tom Decorte, Simon Lenton and Chris Wilkins (2020)

Echoes of exclusion and resistance: Voices from the Hanford region edited by Robert Bauman and Robert Franklin (2020)

Radiation and revolution by Sabu Kohso (2020)

Justice and ethics in tourism by Tazim Jamal (2019)

The Geo-Doc: Geomedia, documentary film, and social change by Mark Terry (2020)

Jeanne X. Kasperson earned a master’s degree in English from The University of Chicago in 1962 and a master’s degree in library science from Simmons College in 1967. After working in academic libraries at The University of Chicago, the University of Connecticut, and Michigan State University, she joined Clark in 1977 as a research Librarian for the Hazard Assessment Group and subsequently served as Research librarian for the University’s Center for Technology, Environment, and Development, and later the George Perkins Marsh Library. For the years 2000-2002, Professor Kasperson was on leave from Clark with her husband and Clark Professor Roger Kasperson, conducting research at the Stockholm Environment Institute in Sweden.

Throughout her career, Professor Kasperson was also an active researcher, pursuing scholarly interests in the general areas of risk analysis and global environmental change. In 1993, she was promoted to research associate professor in Clark’s George Perkins Marsh Institute. She was the author of more than 80 articles, books and technical reports, editor of several journals and recipient of many research grants. She is also recognized by her colleagues as a key contributor to much of the research undertaken by the George Perkins Marsh Institute. She was co-editor of the Nature and Society section of the Annals of the Association of American Geographers with Roger Kasperson. Professor Kasperson was particularly fond of words and tracking down information that others believed could not be found, leading some colleagues to believe that when she walked through the library “books talked to her.”

Jeanne X. Kasperson was a key member of a highly productive research group at Clark University, first at the Center for Technology, Environment, and Development (CENTED) and later in its successor the George Perkins Marsh Institute. This group worked primarily on risk and hazard issues and later on global environmental change. Jeanne’s role was a combination of researcher, bibliographer, and repository of deep knowledge on the relevant literature, and writer and editor.

Her publications have a prominent place in risk/hazards and global change research. Her early research with other group members focused on hazards theory and methodology, substantially extending the earlier natural hazards paradigm. “Perilous Progress: Managing the Hazards of Technology,” published in 1985, summarized theoretical work and case study applications. Subsequent assessments with Robert Kates profiled the state of hazards research in the mid-1980s. In the latter part of the same decade, she co-authored a series of works addressing the “social amplification of risk,” an integrated analytic approach addressing how society processes and responds to the flow of hazards and hazard events. During the 1990s, she collaborated with Roger Kasperson and Bill Turner on a comparative study of nine environmentally endangered regions around the world, resulting in “Regions at Risk: Comparisons of Threatened Environments,” published in 1995, and a series of related regional monographs published over the next five years. In 2001, she and Roger Kasperson published “Global Environmental Risk,” a work exploring the use of risk analysis to understand global environmental change. A work is currently in preparation collecting significant work of Jeanne and her husband Roger, which will be published in 2003 by Earthscan Press.

Contact Information

Jeanne X. Kasperson Research Library

Visiting Address
  • Visiting address:
    18 Claremont Street
    Worcester, MA 01610-1477
  • 1-508-751-4630
Kasperson Library Staff