September 17, 2020: Launch event at the Earth System Governance Virtual Forum

On September 17th, 14-15:30 CET, the TRANSGOV project is hosting a launch event at the Earth System Governance Virtual Forum. We are proud to welcome a selection of high-profile researchers and policy experts who will present in this semi-plenary on the Transformative Potential of Transparency in Global Climate Governance.

The aims of this session are twofold:
(a) To share information about ongoing and newly launched research and policy initiatives that assess the transformative potential of transparency in global climate governance
(b) To interact with a broad interdisciplinary audience to assess relevance of the topic for diverse research and policy communities, explore synergies, and identify novel opportunities for collaboration

The Virtual Forum is free of charge. To register, please click here.

July 2020: Montreal Statement on Sustainability in the Digital Age

The recently launched multi-stakeholder global initiative ‘Sustainability in the Digital Age‘ led by TRANSGOV global associate Dr. Amy Luers, has just published its Montreal Statement, highlighting the interconnected agendas of building a climate-safe and equitable world and building a trusted, inclusive, and just digital world. 

In its Digital Disruptions for Sustainability (D^2S) Agenda, the initiative also highlights the role of unprecedented transparency in climate and sustainability governance. The TRANSGOV project engages with this aspect and contributes a critical research lens into widely held assumptions about the transformative potential of transparency as a governance mechanism.

In the Agenda, TRANSGOV’s Principal Investigator, Aarti Gupta, offers the following reflection:

“Many are optimistic about the role of unprecedented levels of transparency in securing more accountable and effective global sustainability governance. Yet, research suggests that transparency may not be all that it promises to be.

For example, transparency is often assumed to be essential to trust, however, the opposite might well hold: there might need to be trust first, in order to have meaningful transparency.

Thus it is critical to research not only the design of transparency systems, but also the normative and political contexts within which such systems are deployed, as these shape whether and under what conditions transparency may realize its transformative potential in global sustainability governance”.

TRANSGOV will continue to closely work with the Digitalization and Sustainability Initiative in furthering joint research and policy-relevant interests.

March 1, 2020: Welcoming our new PhD researchers!

On March 1st, Robert Bergsvik and Susanne Konrad, joined the project as PhD researchers.

Robert will focus on the political economy of transparency in global climate politics, and the link between transparency, accountability and trust. He will also explore the role of ‘radical transparency’, i.e. how the global climate policy process engages with real-time information generated by new digital technologies and non-state actors.

Susanne will focus on the scope and political effects of proliferating capacity building initiatives for climate transparency, exploring the experiences of developing countries, emerging economies as well as donors. We warmly welcome the two into the TRANSGOV project!

January 6, 2020: Incoming and Visiting Post-Docs

In January of this year, the TRANSGOV project prepared to launch with the combined power and input of two Postdoctoral Researchers. Ina Möller, formerly a PhD Student at Lund University, arrived at Wageningen University and will contribute to the project’s research and administration.

We were also delighted to welcome Romain Weikmans as a visiting fellow at the Environmental Policy Group from January – April 2020. Romain is a global project associate of TRANSGOV and is currently working with Aarti Gupta on the project’s transparency database and related first article.