Stefan Renckens is an Assistant Professor in the Political Science Department of the University of Toronto. He is also an Affiliated Faculty member of the Environmental Governance Lab in the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy. Stefan’s main research interests include global environmental politics, transnational private governance, international and comparative political economy, and European Union politics.

In his research, he examines the emergence, evolution, and impacts of transnational private governance, and interactions between private and public governance from an international and comparative perspective. This work currently includes projects on lobbying by transnational private governance schemes; the role of auditors and assessors in transnational private governance; and regulation on sustainable finance. His research covers multiple issue areas, including fisheries, biofuels, climate change, fair trade, organic agriculture, finance, and e-waste.

Stefan received a Ph.D. in Global Environmental Politics from Yale University in 2014, with concentrations in global environmental governance, political economy, and public policy. Stefan also holds 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. His 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.

He has also received research grants and fellowships from the Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), the US National Science Foundation (NSF), BioFuelNet Canada, Yale University, the University of Toronto, the Belgian American Educational Foundation (BAEF), and the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO).

For more information, please visit www.stefanrenckens.com

Recent publications

  • Renckens, Stefan (forthcoming). Private Governance and Public Authority. Regulating Sustainability in a Global Economy. Cambridge University Press.
  • Renckens, Stefan and Graeme Auld (forthcoming). “Structure, Path Dependence, and Adaptation: North-South Imbalances in Transnational Private Fisheries Governance” Ecological Economics
  • Auld, Graeme and Stefan Renckens. 2019. “Micro-Level Interactions in the Compliance Processes of Transnational Private Governance”. In Wood, Stepan et al. (eds.), Transnational Business Governance Interactions. Enhancing Regulatory Capacity, Ratcheting up Standards and Empowering Marginalized Actors. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.
  • Renckens, Stefan, Grace Skogstad and Matthieu Mondou. 2017. “When Normative and Market Power Interact: The European Union and Global Biofuels Governance” Journal of Common Market Studies 55(6): 1432–1448.
  • Auld, Graeme and Stefan Renckens (2017). Rule-Making Feedbacks Through Intermediation and Evaluation in Transnational Private Governance. The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 670(1): 93-111
  • 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.