The core team of the TRANSGOV project is based at Wageningen University and Research, the Netherlands.
Aarti Gupta is principal investigator of the TRANSGOV project. She is a Professor of Global Environmental Governance with the Environmental Policy Group, Department of Social Sciences, Wageningen University. Her research is in the field of global environmental and climate governance, with a focus on transparency and accountability and the challenges of anticipatory governance of novel technologies, including climate engineering. She has published extensively in these fields, including the edited volume, Transparency in Global Environmental Governance: Critical Perspectives (2014, MIT Press). She holds a PhD from Yale University and is a member of the Scientific Steering Committee of the International Earth System Governance Research Alliance.
Robert Bergsvik has a background in political science and international relations, with a focus on critical political economy and global governance. Originally from Norway, he has a master`s degree in political science from Stellenbosch University in South Africa. Before joining Wageningen University, he was a research fellow with the Science Communication & Society group at Leiden University, where he analysed the culture of public engagement at Dutch research institutions. He is one of two TRANSGOV PhDs, with a focus on unpacking widely assumed linkages between climate transparency, trust and accountability. He is also assessing how the advent of digitally-enabled ‘radical transparency’ upends these relationships.
Max van Deursen has a background in environmental science and global governance. He has a master’s degree in Climate Studies from Wageningen University with a specialization in climate policy and sustainable development diplomacy. Through engagement in several UN conferences as the Dutch youth representative to the UN and as an intern at the UNFCCC secretariat Max has first-hand experience with climate negotiations. He is one of two TRANSGOV PhDs, with a focus on assessing how participation in climate transparency arrangements relates to domestic climate action. He will also critically examine the workings of two key transparency mechanisms under the UNFCCC: the Enhanced Transparency Framework and the Global Stocktake.