I am an Assistant Professor in the Political Science Department of the University of Toronto and the University of Toronto Scarborough. I’m also an Affiliated Faculty member of the Environmental Governance Lab in the Munk School of Global Affairs.

My main research interests include global environmental politics, transnational private governance, international and comparative political economy, and European Union politics. In my current research, I examine the emergence, evolution and impacts of transnational private governance, and interactions between private and public governance from an international and comparative perspective. My research covers several issue areas, including fisheries, biofuels, climate change, fair trade, organic agriculture, and e-waste.

I received a Ph.D. in Global Environmental Politics from Yale University in 2014, with concentrations in global environmental politics, political economy, and public policy. I also hold an M.Phil. (2011) from Yale, and Master’s degrees in Political Science (2002), Economic Policy (2003), and Conflict and Peace Studies (2005) from the University of Leuven, Belgium. My Ph.D. dissertation received the 2015 American Political Science Association’s Virginia M. Walsh Dissertation Award for the best dissertation in Science, Technology, and Environmental Politics. I have also received grants and fellowships from the US National Science Foundation, BioFuelNet Canada, Yale University, the Belgian American Educational Foundation, and the Research Foundation Flanders.

For more information, please visit www.stefanrenckens.com

Recent publications

  • Auld, Graeme and Stefan Renckens (forthcoming). Rule-Making Feedbacks Through Intermediation and Evaluation in Transnational Private Governance. The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science.
  • Renckens, Stefan. 2015. The Basel Convention, US Politics, and the Emergence of Non-State E-Waste Recycling Certification. International Environmental Agreements 15(2): 141-158.
  • Auld, Graeme, Stefan Renckens and Benjamin Cashore. 2015. Transnational Private Governance between the Logics of Empowerment and Control. Regulation & Governance 9(2): 108-124.