Richard A. Matthew (BA McGill; PhD Princeton) is Associate Dean for Research and International Programs, School of Social Ecology; Professor of Urban Planning and Public Policy; and Director of the Blum Center for Poverty Alleviation (http://blumcenter.uci.edu/) at UC Irvine. He is also a Senior Fellow at IISD in Geneva, a member of the United Nations Expert Group on Environment, Conflict and Peacebuilding, and the Vice-President of the Environmental Peacebuilding Association (https://environmentalpeacebuilding.org). He is Co-PI of the FloodRISE and SedRise projects (http://floodrise.uci.edu/). He has served on several UN peacebuilding missions, including two that he led to Sierra Leone. His research focuses on understanding and addressing human security and conservation challenges at the intersection of severe environmental stress, extreme poverty and violent conflict. He has done extensive fieldwork in conflict and disaster zones worldwide. He has given four TEDx talks and been a featured storyteller on The Moth twice. He has over 160 publications.