Since our project started in 2020, TRANSGOV has participated in a series of important events related to transparency.


On 30th March 2023 TRANSGOV and CEEW co-hosted a Focus Group Discussion on India’s engagement in UNFCCC transparency arrangements. The event took place in New Delhi and hosted nine climate transparency experts. The discussion touched upon the benefits and burdens of participation in transparency arrangements and implications of the Enhanced Transparency Framework.


TRANSGOV PI Prof. Aarti Gupta and PhD candidates Robert Bergsvik and Max van Deursen attended COP27 in Sharm el Sheik. TRANSGOV was the lead organizer of a webinar and a side-event on the Enhanced Transparency Framework. Moreover, TRANSGOV followed the transparency negotiations. After COP27, TRANSGOV PhD Max presented in a rapid reaction seminar and a podcast.

At the 2022 Earth System Governance conference TRANSGOV was part of the panel ‘Real world applications of Earth system law‘ with the paper “Enhanced for whom? The politics of the Paris Agreement’s ‘Enhanced Transparency Framework.’”

TRANSGOV PI Prof. Aarti Gupta and PhD candidate Max van Deursen attended SB56 in Bonn. They observed negotiations on transparency, the mitigation work programme, and the second periodic review. Moreover, they interviewed a number of negotiators.

At the Global Conference on Transparency Research in Copenhagen, TRANSGOV hosted an exciting panel on the transformative potential of transparency. The panel grappled with questions related to assumed links to accountable and trustworthy climate action, the promise of digitally-enabled or radical transparency and to what extent countries engage with established transparency arrangements.


TRANSGOV hosted a webinar to discuss the outcomes of COP26 with Dr. Paul Behrens. A recording of the event is available here.

On the second day of COP26 Glasgow, TRANSGOV presented at the EU pavilion side event titled “Blindspots of net-zero strategies and how to address them” on the importance of focusing on immediate and ambitious climate action rather than setting lofty long-term net zero targets and relying heavily on negative emissions technology. A recording of the event is available here.

TRANSGOV had a strong presence throughout COP26 in Glasgow, represented by the project’s PhD candidates Max van Deursen and Robert Bergsvik. They focused on all things transparency in the climate negotiations, with a particular attention on GHG emission and climate finance reporting. Watch TRANSGOV vlog coverage of COP26 here.

TRANSGOV PI Prof. Aarti Gupta presented at the UNFCCC Asia Pacific Regional Climate Week event ‘What would the pre-2020 to post-2020 climate regime transition look like?

Further results from TRANSGOV’s investigation into assumed linkages between transparency and accountability in the context of multilateral climate finance reporting was presented during a panel discussion at the European Consortium for Political Research’s 2021 Virtual Conference.

The first results from the TRANSGOV project in relation to the politics of capacity building for transparency in the UNFCCC was presented at the International Studies Association’s 2021 Annual Convention.

The TRANSGOV project research agenda was launched at the Earth System Governance’s Virtual Forum in September 2020. Project lead Dr. Aarti Gupta opened a highly informative discussion between esteemed scholars and practitioners on under what conditions does (what kind of) transparency lead to more accountable, trustworthy and ambitious collective climate action, as is widely assumed? And when is transparency transformative of multilevel climate governance?

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