Saleem Ali's research interests are in the causes and consequences of environmental conflicts in the mineral sector. He teaches environmental planning. conflict resolution and industrial ecology, and is a member of the Governance Working Group.

Saleem H. Ali is a Blue and Gold Distinguished Professor of Energy and the Environment at the University of Delaware.

Prof. Ali previously served as chair in Sustainable Resource Development and professor of sustainability science and policy at University of Queensland in Australia. He also was a professor of environmental studies at the University of Vermont's Rubenstein School of Natural Resources, and founding director of the Institute for Environmental Diplomacy and Security. He was also formerly on the adjunct faculty of Brown University’s Watson Institute for International Studies and the visiting faculty for the United Nations mandated University for Peace (Costa Rica).

Prof. Ali's primary research interests have been in the causes and consequences of environmental conflicts in the mineral sector, and the process of using ecological factors to promote peace. Some of Prof. Ali’s former research appointments include a visiting fellowship at the Brookings Institution's research center in Doha, Qatar; a Public Policy Fellowship at Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia, a Baker Foundation Research Fellowship at Harvard Business School and a parliamentary internship at the U.K. House of Commons. He has teaching experience in courses on environmental planning, conflict resolution, industrial ecology, research methods and technical writing.

Before embarking on an academic career, Prof. Ali worked as an environmental health and safety professional at General Electric, an Associate at the Boston-based consulting firm Industrial Economics Inc., as well as a consultant for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Health Canada.

Prof. Ali received his doctorate in Environmental Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), an M.E.S. in environmental law and policy from Yale University, and his Bachelors in Chemistry from Tufts University.

Dr. Ali is a citizen of the United States of America by birth; Pakistan by parental lineage; and Australian by naturalization.


Selected publications 

Sovacool, B. K., Ali, S. H., Bazilian, M., Radley, B., Nemery, B., Okatz, J., & Mulvaney, D. (2020). Sustainable minerals and metals for a low-carbon future. Science367(6473), 30-33.    Read the summary    Download the full text    Download the reprint 

Ali, S. H., Giurco, D., Arndt, N., Nickless, E., Brown, G., Demetriades, A., ... & Meinert, L. D. (2017). Mineral supply for sustainable development requires resource governance. Nature543(7645), 367.

Ali, S. H. (2017). The ecology of diamond sourcing: From mined to synthetic gems as a sustainable transition. Journal of Bioeconomics19(1), 115-126.

Ali, S. H. (2016). The ethics of space and time in mining projects: Matching technical tools with social performance. Journal of business ethics135(4), 645-651.

Ali, S. H. (2009). Treasures of the earth: need, greed, and a sustainable future. Yale University Press.

Ali, S. H. (2009). Mining, the environment, and indigenous development conflicts. University of Arizona Press.

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Presentation by Saleem Ali at TEDxUniversityofDelaware, “Reinventing Borders for Environmental and Social Harmony,” April, 2019.