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  • Public Policy
  • Comparative Politics
  • International Relations


  • B.A., Leuven University
  • M.A., Leuven University
  • M.Sc., Leuven University
  • M.Phil., Yale University
  • Ph.D., Yale University

Stefan Renckens

Associate Professor


My research focuses on global environmental governance and political economy, in particular transnational sustainability governance of corporate activities and their interactions with public policy and governance. Some of my recent projects assess the political-economic power of private audit firms and assessors; lobbying and interest representation by voluntary sustainability standards organizations; and sustainable finance policy and governance. My research covers multiple issue areas, including fisheries, sustainable finance, climate change, fair trade, renewable energy, electronic waste, and organic agriculture. Recent publications include my book Private Governance and Public Authority. Regulating Sustainability in a Global Economy (Cambridge University Press, 2020) and articles in Global Environmental Politics, Governance, World Development, Regulation & Governance, Ecological Economics, and Journal of Common Market Studies, among others. I am affiliated with the Environmental Governance Lab, and the Earth System Governance Project. For more information: www.stefanrenckens.com

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