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Joyeeta Gupta is presently co-chair of UN Environment’s Global Environmental Outlook-6 (2016-2019) which will be presented to 195 governments participating in the United Nations Environment Assembly in 2019. She is professor of environment and development in the global south at the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research of the University of Amsterdam and IHE Institute for Water Education in Delft. She leads the programme group on Governance and Inclusive Development. She is editor-in-chief of International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics (IF 1.65) and is on the editorial board of Environmental Science and Policy, Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, Carbon and Law Review, International Journal on Sustainable Development, Catalan Environmental Law Journal, Review of European Community and International Environmental Law and the new International Journal of Water Governance.

She was lead author in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change which won the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with Al Gore and of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment which won the Zaved Second Prize. She is on the scientific steering committees of international programmes including the Steering Committee of the Global Agricultural Research Partnership (CGIAR) research programme on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry; and Future Earth’s Earth System Governance. At European level, she is a member of Science Europe’s Scientific Committee for the Sciences and of the Joint Programming Initiative – Climate Transdisciplinary Advisory Board in Brussels. She is also on the Supervisory Board of Oxfam Novib and the Royal Tropical Institute in Amsterdam. She is Vice-President of the Commission on Development Cooperation and member of the Advisory Council on International Affairs, a statutory body that advises the Netherlands’ Government.

Her books  include The Climate Change Convention and Developing Countries – From Conflict to Consensus? (1997, Kluwer Academic Publishers), On behalf of my Delegation (2000, translated into French and Spanish), Our Simmering Planet: What to do About Global Warming (2001, Zed Publishers; translated into Korean), and the ‘History of Global Climate Governance’ (2014: Cambridge University Press) which won the Atmospheric Science Librarians International (ASLI) Choice Award in 2015 for 2014 in its history category.

She has co-edited books 11 books on climate change, water, forest and urban governance and development cooperation. She has edited 8 Special Issues and 3 are in press. Her Google Scholar Impact Factor is at 41, with 120 journal papers and more than 5000 citations. She has been the leader or participated in the acquisition of 51 projects from a diversity of funding agencies including the European Commission and the National Science Foundation in the Netherlands.

She has successfully supervised 12 PhDs and is currently supervising 30 students in the areas of climate change, forest, food/fish, water and disaster governance as well as in development challenges such as capacity building, gender issues and child marriage. Among her many activities she has also participated in the design and signature of The Rome Declaration of 2017 on the Human Right to Water, Initiated by the Pope and the Pontifical Academy of Sciences in Vatican City.

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