Aarti Gupta

Aarti Gupta is Associate Professor with the Environmental Policy Group at the Department of Social Sciences, Wageningen University, the Netherlands.

Her disciplinary background is in political science and international relations, as well as science and technology studies. She holds a PhD in Environmental Studies from Yale University. Before coming to Wageningen, she completed a postdoctoral fellowship with Columbia University’s Center for Science, Policy and Outcomes, and a Global Environmental Assessment Fellowship for two years at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Her research focuses on global environmental governance, with a focus on anticipatory governance of novel technologies and the (contested) role of science and knowledge therein, as well as questions of transparency and accountability. Her empirical focus has been on the issue-areas of climate change, deforestation and safe use of biotechnology. Publications include guest-edited special issues in Ecological Economics and Global Environmental Politics, and the co-edited volume (with Michael Mason) Transparency in Global Environmental Governance: Critical Perspectives (MIT Press 2014). She has supplemented this academic journey with working outside of academia as well, including with international and non-governmental organisations such as the United Nations Development Programme in New York, Oxfam-Novib in the Hague and Transparency International in Berlin.

At Wageningen University, Aarti coordinates the “Governing Climate Futures” research theme within the Environmental Policy Group, and is co-PI of the REIMAGINE project on anticipatory climate governance in vulnerable regions of the global South. She is also the co-founder of the university-wide REDD@WUR network, an interdisciplinary network of over 80 researchers working on the interface between climate and forests. She has also served as vice-Chair of the Management Committee of the EU COST Action Transformations in Global Environmental Governance, a research network across 19 European countries.

Within the Earth System Governance network, she has been Lead Faculty since 2014, and is a member of the Earth System Governance (ESG) Steering Committee since 2018. She was one of the five Coordinating Lead Authors of the New ESG Science and Implementation Plan, launched in 2018. She is also a co-editor of the newly launched Cambridge Elements in Earth System Governance book series, published by Cambridge University Press. She is Associate Editor of the journal Global Environmental Politics, and a member of a 15-member Academic Working Group on International Governance of Climate Engineering, hosted by American University.

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