As the TRANSGOV project progresses, we will make research and policy outputs available here.

Selected publications from TRANSGOV members

Below are selected publications by TRANSGOV team members prior to the start of the project. These publications provide context for our work and outline research gaps that we seek to fill.

Aarti Gupta, Ingrid Boas & Peter Osterveer (2020). Transparency in global sustainability governance: to what effect? Environmental Policy and Planning 22(1), 84–97.

Michael Mason (2020). Transparency, accountability and empowerment in sustainability governance: a conceptual review. Environmental Policy and Planning 21(1), 98–111.

Kyla Tienhaara (2020). Beyond accountability: alternative rationales for transparency in global trade politics. Environmental Policy and Planning 22(1),  112–124.

Angel Hsu, Amy Weinfurter, Jeffrey Tong & Yihao Xie (2020). Black and Smelly Waters: how citizen-generated transparency is addressing gaps in China’s environmental management. Environmental Policy and Planning 22(1), 138–153.

Romain Weikmans, Harro van Asselt & J. Timmons Roberts (2020). Transparency Requirements under the Paris Agreement and Their (Un)likely Impact on Strengthening the Ambition of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). Climate Policy 20(4), 511–526

Harro van Asselt, Romain Weikmans & J. Timmons Roberts (2019). Pocket Guide to Transparency under the UNFCCC: 2019 Update. Oxford Climate Policy / European Capacity Building Initiative, Oxford.

Susan Park & Teresa Kramarz (2019). Global Environmental Governance and the Accountability Trap. MIT Press.


Sumit Prasad and Vaibhav Gupta (2019). A Capacity Building Assessment Matrix for Enhanced Transparency in Climate Reporting: An India Assessment. New Delhi: Council on Energy, Environment and Water.

Erika Romijn, Veronique De Sy, Martin Herold, Hannes Böttcher, Rosa Maria Roman Cuesta, Steffen Fritz, Dmitry Schepaschenko, Valerio Avitabile, David Gaveau, Louis Verchot, Christopher Martius (2018). Independent data for transparent monitoring of greenhouse gas emissions from the land use sector – What do stakeholders think and need? Environmental Science and Policy 85, 101–112.

Sarah Carter, Bas Arts, Ken E. Giller, Cinthia Soto Golcher, Kasper Kok,
Jessica de Koning, Meine van Noordwijk, Pytrik Reidsma, Mariana C. Rufino, Giulia Salvini, Louis Verchot, Eva Wollenberg & Martin Herold (2018). Climate-smart land use requires local solutions, transdisciplinary research, policy coherence and transparency. Carbon Management 9(3), 291–301.

Veronique De Sy, Martin Herold, Maria Brockhaus, Monica Di Gregorio & Robert M. Ochieng (2018). Information and policy change: Data on drivers can drive change – if used wisely. In Arild Angelsen, Christopher Martius, Veronique De Sy, Amy E. Duchelle, Anne M. Larson and Pham Thu Thuy, eds. Transforming REDD+: Lessons and new directions. p. 55–66. Bogor, Indonesia: CIFOR

Aarti Gupta & Harro van Asselt (2017). Transparency in multilateral climate politics: Furthering (or distracting from) accountability? Regulation and Governance 13(1), 18–34.

Daniel R. McCarthy & Matthew Fluck (2017). The concept of transparency in International Relations: Towards a critical approach. European Journal of International Relations, 23(2), 416–440.

Aarti Gupta & Michael Mason (2016). Disclosing or obscuring? The politics of transparency in global climate governance. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability 18, 82–90.

James D. Forda, Simon E. Tilleard, Lea Berrang-Forda, Malcolm Araosa, Robbert Biesbroekb, Alexandra C. Lesnikowskia, Graham K. MacDonald, Angel Hsu, Chen Chend & Livia Bizikova (2016). Big data has big potential for applications to climate change adaptation. PNAS, 113(39), 10729–10732.

Aarti Gupta & Michael Mason (2014). Transparency in Global Environmental Governance: Critical Perspectives. MIT Press.

Aarti Gupta | Guest editor (2010). Special Issue on Transparency in Global Environmental Governance, Global Environmental Politics 10(3).

Contributions from Michael Mason, Virginia Haufler, Klaus Dingwerth, Margot Eichinger, Graeme Auld, Lars H. Gulbrandsen, Ann Florini and Arthur P. J. Mol.

For videos of TRANSGOV members explaining their research on transparency, click here.