TRANSGOV collaborates with leading scholars and policy practitioners focusing on transparency and climate change around the world.
Harro van Asselt is Professor of Climate Law and Policy at the University of Eastern Finland, Centre for Climate Change, Energy and Environmental Law, a Visiting Researcher with the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development at Utrecht University, and an Associate with the Stockholm Environment Institute. He is also Editor of the Review of European, Comparative & International Environmental Law. Harro’s research among others addresses transparency in multilateral climate governance, with a view to understanding the ways in which reporting and review under international climate change treaties can strengthen climate action.
Casey Cronin is a strategist at the international foundation ClimateWorks. His responsibilities include providing a holistic view of ClimateWorks’ grantmaking portfolio, as well as advice and insights into philanthropic opportunities and risks. As part of ClimateWorks’ Global Intelligence service, he works to build a deeper understanding of the broader economic, social and political implications of the foundation’s work and how this impacts strategic opportunities to advance climate solutions. Of direct relevance to TRANSGOV, he also coordinates the Independent Global Stocktake, a data and advocacy initiative that brings together climate modelers, analysts, campaigners and advocates to support the Paris Agreement .
Angel Hsu is an Assistant Professor of Social Sciences (Environmental Studies) at Yale-NUS College, Singapore. She also is Founder and Director of the Data-Driven Environmental Policy Lab (Data-Driven Lab), a multidisciplinary research team of policy researchers, data scientists, programmers, and visual communicators. Her research explores the intersection of science and policy and the use of data-driven approaches to understanding environmental sustainability, particularly in the areas of climate change and energy, urbanisation and air quality. Her research projects apply large-scale datasets derived from satellite remote sensing and other spatially-explicit sources to evaluate environmental policy performance.
Heather Jacobs is a Knowledge and Research Specialist for the UN Climate Technology Centre and Network in Copenhagen. She has worked for the World Bank, UN Food and Agriculture Organization, and Verra on climate change policy and transparency issues in the agriculture, forestry, energy, and transport sectors, and has authored or co-authored several publications and guidance documents on GHG impact assessment, land use, climate-smart agriculture, and adaptation metrics. She was a contributing author to the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report. Prior to this, Heather spent several years working for the National Park Service fire ecology program conducting field work across the United States. She holds an MSc from Yale School of the Environment and a certification as Expert in Climate and Renewable Energy Finance from the Frankfurt School UNEP Collaborating Centre for Climate and Sustainable Energy Finance.
Susanne Konrad has an interdisciplinary background in sustainability studies, climate change governance and international forest ecosystem management. Originally from Germany, she spent the last 6 and half years in Copenhagen, where she worked for a UNEP Collaboration Center, based at the Technical University of Denmark. There she worked closely with developing countries on capacity building proposals to help them meet the transparency requirements of the 2015 Paris Agreement. As a TRANSGOV global project associate, she has brought this expertise to bear in helping to analyze the political effects of capacity building initiatives designed to support developing countries to engage with ever more elaborate UNFCCC transparency requirements.
Amy Luers is the global director of the Sustainability in the Digital Age Initiative and senior advisor to Future Earth. Luers also sits on the Foresight Committee of the Veolia Institute. Luers has over 25 years of experience working at the intersection of science, technology and policy. A former assistant director in the Obama White House and senior manager at Google, she is a member of the U.S. Council on Foreign Relations and has served on committees of the U.S. Global Change Research Program and the National Academies of Sciences. Luers has a PhD in environmental science, and a MA in international policy studies from Stanford University. She has published in both peer-reviewed and popular media on big data and the digital age, science communication, climate policy and vulnerability and resilience of human-environmental systems.
Michael Mason is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography and Environment and Director of the Middle East Centre at the London School of Economics and Political Science. His research interests encompass environmental politics and governance, including issues of accountability, transparency and security. He also studies ecological politics in Iraq, Lebanon, Israel/Palestine and the UAE. He has published widely on these topics, including the co-edited volume Transparency in Global Environmental Governance: Critical Perspectives (2014). He is interested in TRANSGOV’s research on the cross-national development of the climate transparency system.
Susan Park is Professor of Global Governance in the Department of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney and a fellow of the Sydney Environment Institute. She focuses on how international organisations, including Multilateral Development Banks, can be made more transparent and accountable. Publications include International Organisations: Theories and Explanations (CUP 2018), and Global Environmental Governance and the Accountability Trap (MIT Press, 2019). Susan is a Co-Convenor with Dr Kramarz of the Earth Systems Governance Task Force on Accountability in Global Environmental Governance.
Pedro Russo is Assistant Professor at the department of Science Communication & Society, and coordinator of the Astronomy & Society group at Leiden University, the Netherlands. Pedro is also the president of the International Astronomical Union Commission on Communicating Astronomy with the Public. He was the global coordinator for the largest network ever in Astronomy, the International Year of Astronomy 2009. He is particularly interested in engaging with the TRANSGOV focus on the growing importance of digitally-enabled ‘radical’ transparency and its transformative role in climate governance.
Kyla Tienhaara is Assistant Professor and Canada Research Chair in Economy and Environment at Queen’s University, Kingston, affiliated with both the Department of Global Development Studies and the School of Environmental Studies. She researches the intersection between environmental governance and the global economic system, with an interest in bilateral and regional trade and investment agreements and how they impact environmental policy. Her recent research has explored how various actors push for different transparency agendas in the negotiation and implementation of trade rules, with implications for whether and transparency promotes accountability.
Romain Weikmans is a Research Fellow of the Belgian Fund for Scientific Research at the Centre for Studies on Sustainable Development of the Université Libre de Bruxelles / Free University of Brussels (Belgium). His research interests center on international climate governance, climate finance and climate change adaptation. Romain is also a lecturer at Sciences Po Paris, and Vice-Chair of the Working Group “Energy-Climate” of the Belgian Federal Council for Sustainable Development. Romain has published several key articles on transparency and climate change, and is currently working with the TRANSGOV core team to develop a database of variable country engagement with UNFCCC climate transparency arrangements.