Aarti Gupta is Professor of Global Environmental Governance with the Environmental Policy Group, Department of Social Sciences, Wageningen University, the Netherlands. Her research focuses on global environmental and climate governance, including questions of transparency and accountability, and anticipatory governance of novel technologies (biotechnology and climate engineering). She has published extensively on these topics, including the co-edited volume Transparency in Global Environmental Governance: Critical Perspectives (2014, MIT Press).
At Wageningen University’s Environmental Policy Group, Aarti coordinates the ‘Governing Climate Futures’ research theme. She is principal investigator of ‘The Transformative Potential of Climate Transparency’ (TRANSGOV) project, and co-leads the REIMAGINE consortium project on anticipatory climate governance in vulnerable regions of the global South. She is also co-founder of the university-wide interdisciplinary REDD@WUR network, consisting of over 80 researchers working on climate-forest interactions.
Within the Earth System Governance network, she has been Lead Faculty since 2014, and is a member of the Earth System Governance (ESG) Steering Committee since 2018. She was one of the five Coordinating Lead Authors of the New ESG Science and Implementation Plan, launched in 2018. She is the Series Co-editor of the Cambridge Elements in Earth System Governance series (CUP) and was Associate Editor of the journal Global Environmental Politics (MIT Press) from 2012-2020. She has also been member of the Academic Working Group on Climate Engineering Governance, and Vice-Chair of an EU COST Action on Transformations in Global Environmental Governance, a network that brought together 19 European institutions.
Aarti holds a PhD from Yale University, with a background in political science, international relations, and science and technology studies. Prior to moving to the Netherlands, she held research fellowships with the Center for Science, Policy and Outcomes at Columbia University, and the Global Environmental Assessment Project at Harvard University. Aarti has combined this research trajectory with working outside of academia as well, including with the United Nations Development Programme in New York, Oxfam-Novib in the Hague and Transparency International in Berlin.
- Latest publications:
Gupta, A. & Möller, I., (2019). De facto governance: how authoritative assessments construct climate engineering as an object of governance. Environmental Politics. 28, 3: 480-501. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/09644016.2018.1452373
- Kissinger, G., Gupta, A., Mulder, I. & Unterstell, N. (2019). Climate financing needs in the land sector under the Paris Agreement: An assessment of developing country perspectives. Land Use Policy, 83: 256-269. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0264837717313728?via%3Dihub
- Gupta, A. & van Asselt, H., (2019). Transparency in multilateral climate politics: Furthering (or distracting from) accountability? Regulation & Governance.13, 1: 18-34. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/rego.12159
- Vervoort, J. & Gupta, A. (2018). Anticipating climate futures in a 1.5 °C era: the link between foresight and governance. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability. 31, 104-111. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1877343517301501?via%3Dihub
- Flegal, J. A. & Gupta, A. (2018). Evoking equity as a rationale for solar geoengineering research? Scrutinizing emerging expert visions of equity. International Environmental Agreements. 18, 1: 45-61. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10784-017-9377-6
- Kundu, D. K., Gupta, A., Mol, A. P. J., Rahman, M. M. & van Halem, D., May (2018). Experimenting with a novel technology for provision of safe drinking water in rural Bangladesh: The case of sub-surface arsenic removal (SAR). Technology in Society. 53: 161-172. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0160791X17300763?via%3Dihub
- Stattman, S. L., Gupta, A., Partzsch, L. & Oosterveer, P. J. M. (2018) Toward Sustainable Biofuels in the European Union? Lessons from a Decade of Hybrid Biofuel Governance, Sustainability. 10, 11, 4111. https://www.mdpi.com/2071-1050/10/11/4111
- Weatherley-Singh, J. & Gupta, A. (2018). “Embodied Deforestation” as a New EU Policy Debate to Tackle Tropical Forest Loss: Assessing Implications for REDD+ Performance. Forests. 9, 12, 23: 751. https://www.mdpi.com/1999-4907/9/12/751
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Contact: aarti.gupta [at] wur.nl