Caitlin Schroering

For the past century, the dominant paradigm of transnational organizing has been “from the West to the rest” and the frequent attention to movements in the United States has led to the neglect of transnational linkages between movements. My broad dissertation question asks: How are movements mobilizing around water rights? In what ways are strategies used by Global South organizations subsequently adopted by their counterparts in the United States and vice versa? My initial results show that 1) more global communications and organizing are occurring around water and 2) global North movements are engaging with and learning from the global South and vice versa, with global South movements playing a more prominent and innovative role than previous scholarship demonstrates. My project advances understanding of social change by investigating how water policies are shaped through contention among social movements, national and local governments, and corporations. It also provides insight into how water activists in local struggles see themselves in relation to the larger national and global network of water activists. I come from a background in community, student, and social justice organizing, and I am interested in the themes of knowledge production and co-research. The questions that most drive me relate to how as scholars we can break down binaries between scholarship and activism, researcher and participant, theory and praxis. What is the implication for scholars to recognize that they can work collaboratively with movements in the production of knowledge?  What are the challenges in such a collaborative, “co-research” approach? How can knowledge production and scholarship advance understanding and success of movements who are fighting against resource privatization?

Education & Training

  • MA, Latin American Studies, University of Florida, 2015
  • BA, Environmental Studies, Denison University, 2009

Representative Publications

2021. Schroering, Caitlin. “Constructing Another World: Solidarity and the Right to Water.” Studies in Social Justice, 15(1), 102-128. 

2020. Banerjee, Tarun and Caitlin Schroering. " “Responsible for Whom? The Impact of Corporate Social Responsibility on Firm Vulnerability and Responsiveness to Social Movement Activism.” Sociological Focus, 53:4, 337-358, DOI:

2020. Murphy, Michael and Caitlin Schroering. “Refiguring the Plantationocene: Racial Capitalism, World-Systems Analysis, and Global Socioecological Transformation.” Journal of World-Systems Research, 26(2), 400-415. 

Schroering, Caitlin. 2020. "A Year After Brazil Dam Collapse, Communities Still Calling for Accountability." Truthout. Available from:

Schroering, Caitlin. 2019. "Resistance and Knowledge Production: Social Movements as Producers of Theory and Praxis."  Revista CS. 29, 73-102. Available from:

Schroering, Caitlin. 2019.  “Brazil Dam Collapse is a Human Rights Disaster and Crime.” 2019. Truthout. Available from:

Schroering, Caitlin. 2019. “Water is a Human Right! Grassroots Resistance to Corporate Power.” Journal of World-Systems Research. 25(1), 28-34. Available from:

Schroering, Caitlin. 2018. Review of Green Gentrification: Urban Sustainability and the Struggle for Environmental Justice, Society & Natural Resources. DOI: 10.1080/08941920.2018.1517915

Schroering, Caitlin. 2018. “Global Peasant Declaration Represents Huge Advance for Human Rights” with Jackie Smith. Common Dreams. Available from:

Schroering, Caitlin. 2010. “Joanna Macy: Buddhism and Power for Social Change.” Denison Journal of Religion. 9(1). 

Schroering, Caitlin. 2008. “Alcoa in Juruti, Brazil: A Case of Environmental Injustice and Colonialism?” SIT Digital Collections. Paper 36. Available from:

Schroering, Caitlin. 2007. “How to Stop AIDS Now.” 2007. Foreign Policy in Focus. Available from:

Research Interests

  • Transnational Social Movements
  • Environmental Justice
  • Resource Conflicts
  • Political Ecology 
  • Globalization
  • Human Right to Water
  • Feminist and Decolonial Research Methodologies 
  • Social Movements
  • Environmental Sociology
  • World-Systems Analysis