Andrew J. Scerri

Andrew J. Scerri, Associate Professor

Andrew J. Scerri, Associate Professor
Andrew J. Scerri, Associate Professor

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Department of Political Science
515 Major Williams Hall
220 Stanger Street
Blacksburg, VA 24061
540-231-8843 |

Professor Scerri’s research and teaching center on two areas: environmental political and social theory and comparative studies of debates over urban sustainable development policy. His theory-based work combines critical realist with critical pragmatist approaches to citizenship, the state and ideology in the ‘postindustrial’ Western liberal-democracies. His empirical research examines public debates that arise at the intersection of processes of ‘green’ urbanization and gentrification in Australian and North American cities. Linking the two areas, his work critically examines how and on what terms collective and individual actors engage with each other politically. He seeks to better understand the consequences of such engagements, for those involved and for those affected.

  • Urban Redevelopment
  • Sustainability
  • Green Urbanization
  • Environmental Policy
  • Gentrification
  • Ph.D., Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology
  • B.A., University of Technology, Sydney
  • Association for Political Theory
  • American Political Science Association
  • Association française de science politique
  • International Political Science Association
  • International Studies Association
  • CIDER Teacher of the Week, Center for Instructional Design and Educational Research. November 10, 2014.
  • Best Paper of 2012 Award, International Society for Quality of Life Research. June 2014. Awarded jointly to Magee, L., James, P, and Scerri, A.


Scerri, A. (2018) Postpolitics and the Limits of Nature: Critical Theory, Moral Authority and Radicalism in the Anthropocene, Albany: SUNY Press, ISBN (hardcover) 978-1-4384-7213-3; (paperback) 978-1-4384-7214-0.

Scerri, Andy. Greening Citizenship: Sustainable Development, the State and Ideology.  New York, Basingstoke: Palgrave, (2012).

James, Paul, with Liam Magee, Andy Scerri, and Manfred Steger. Urban Sustainability In Theory and Practice: Circles of Sustainability. 2014.

Journal Articles

Scerri, A. "Deep Ecology, the Holistic Critique of Enlightenment Dualism and the Irony of History," Environmental Values 25(5) (2016): 527-551.

Scerri, A., and C. Lam. "From Neoliberalism to Neocommunitarianism: Opposing Justifications in a Dispute over Privatized Electricity Infrastructure." Space and Polity 19, no. 2 (2015): 132-49.

Scerri, Andy. "Comfortably inhabiting reality: Justifying and denouncing arguments in a development dispute in the postindustrial gentrified inner-city." Space and Polity 18.1 (2014): 39-53.

Scerri, Andy and Meg Holden. "‘Ecological modernization or sustainable development? Vancouver’s Greenest City Action Plan: the city as “manager”’ of ecological restructuring." Environmental Policy and Planning 16.2 (2014): 261-279.

Scerri, A. "Green Citizenship and the Political Critique of Injustice." Citizenship Studies 17, no. 3-4 (2013): 293-307.

Book Chapters

Scerri, A. "The Emergence of Postmodern Theory in Sociology." In Postmodernism in a Global Perspective, edited by S. Dasgupta and P. Kivisto, 75-91. Thousand Oaks: Sage, (2014).

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