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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 My current projects examine the political-economic power of private audit firms in sustainability governance; lobbying and interest representation by voluntary sustainability standards organizations; regulatory interactions between transnational private sustainability governance and public policy; 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. Part of my research is focused on the European Union. 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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